Nuremberg, Germany | November 27–December 24, 2015
Essentially the Mother of all Christmas Markets, many others around the world are modelled after it. With over 180 booths, there are plenty of food, drink, souvenir, art and clothing vendors to choose from. The origins are mostly unknown, but some speculate it got its start as a weekly market in the 1600s. Running right up to Christmas Eve (unless it falls on a Sunday, then it ends a day early), the market gives you all the time you need to find the perfect gift.
Fira De Santa Llucia
Barcelona, Spain | November 27–December 23, 2015
With nearly 300 booths to choose from, this market is one of the largest in Europe, selling everything from decorations and treats to Christmas trees for those who still need one. You can even take a much-needed break from shopping to enjoy one of the many choir singing or dance performances. Probably the best day to go is December 13th, which is the Day of Santa Llúcia. With even more performances than usual, there's also a parade to watch in addition to all the great shopping there is to do.
Toronto Christmas Market
Toronto, Canada | November 20 - December 20
Combining old world charm with a modern flair, this market is located in the city's historic distillery district and features all the lighting and decor one would expect to come with the Holiday season; including a giant Christmas tree in the middle of the fair.. With beer gardens and lounges available for guests to warm up, there are a plethora of beers, wine and hot rum rinks to pick from to help. Local vendors and booths share the space with existing vendors in the area, who keep their doors pen late to accommodate (and take advantage of) the extra foot traffic.
Manchester Christmas Market
Manchester, England | November 14–December 21, 2015
With approxtimately 300 stalls of an array of vendors, the Manchester Christmas Market is broken down into nine areas so it's easy to find what you're looking for. An assortment of vendors form all over the UK and the rest of Europe come to sell everything from handcrafted bags, homemade jams to liqueurs. You can enjoy cuisine from tons of different countries and stay warm with French-style hot chocolate. As part of an environmentally conscious program, all drinks in the market come in returnable mugs, so you may be better off bringing your own mug!
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | November 26–December 27
Transforming the famous LOVE park into a traditional German Christmas market every year is no small feat, and you can find almost anything at Christmas Village. In addition to savoury and sweet foods from local vendors all over the city, you can also buy drinks, handcrafted jewellery, decorations and ornaments, arts & crafts and an array of clothing, accessories and other holiday gifts. Being located in a such a heavily populated tourist spot means tons to see and do. In addition to vendors, live performances and demonstrations can be found throughout the market.
No matter where you choose to go, be sure to pack all your worldwide finds in your Rise Gear luggage!