Winter markets around the world
Depending on where you live and whether you choose calendar-based or astronomical reckoning of winter, this cold and white season may have already started for you or is about to start.
When we think of winter usually playing in snow, hot cocoa, blankets and cozily reading books in your armchair come to mind. Or at least that’s the dream. It’s somewhat a magical season of the year, when with a little luck everything is covered in white, cold fluff, our are cheeks are rosy and wanting to warm up is a great excuse for hugging.
Christmas markets are a popular event in the winter time. They usually start in late November or early December and last until Christmas. Although they’re called Christmas markets and have a lot to do with the special holiday, they can be enjoyed even if there still a lot of time left until the 25th of December or even if you don’t celebrate Christmas.
There are many things you can do at such a market. You can take exciting pictures, go “window shopping” and just look around, try local foods and drinks, buy local crafts
In some countries Christmas markets have evolved and transformed into Winter Wonderlands, where except for season-themed delicacies and crafts there are plenty of attractions and ways to have fun.
In Berlin you can experience the Winter World on Potsdamer Platz. Attractions include a toboggan run, an ice rink, curling, winter food and delicacies, crafts and gift ideas. You can also watch over 100 000 lights illuminating the Sony Center. There is even a party with a DJ, so come prepared!
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is the heart of winter celebrations. You can have fun with your friends and family enjoying a huge ice rink, an observation wheel, two circuses, a Magical Ice Kingdom and on top of that thousands of shining lights and themed bars (like an Ice Bar, where even glasses are made of ice), crafts and delicious foods.
The biggest Christmas Market in Poland takes place in front of the national stadium. To keep up the Christmas spirit you can experience a beautiful illumination of lights, try delicious foods, buy gifts for your loved ones and take part in attractions such as caroling and St. Nicholas Day for the young ones.
The first references of the popular Fira de Santa Llucia in Barcelona date back to 1786. Since then the market has changed and grown. Now it includes about 300 stalls, which apart from selling Christmas ornaments, foods and crafts, also sell jewelry, scarves and many other things.
Christmas Market at La Defense in Paris is made up of over 350 wooden huts, which offer various Christmas crafts as well as French cuisine from different regions. It is especially beautiful in the evening when the buildings which surround the market are illuminated.
Mercantino di Natale takes places on Piazza Duomo. There you will find a variety of accessories and home decors, which you can buy as Christmas gifts and typical delicacies from different regions of Italy.
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