Christmas markets on my bucket list

Christmas may have come and gone but this Christmas was probably the least Christmassy I felt due to you know, a whole {redacted] pandemic. I haven’t travelled in over a year and it shows.

I’ve wanted to go to a Christmas market abroad but this looks like its not happening for quite some time so instead I’ve decided to write a blog post about the ones I want to visit in the future .

This blog is a collaboration with Karen.

Brussels

I picked Brussels because lets face it, who doesn’t want to walk down those pretty streets while munching on some delicious Belgian waffles. The glorious skating rink pulled me in at first and I ignored the fact that I can’t ice skate to save my life. A dazzling sound and light show is projected on the towering Grand Palace forming the perfect backdrop to admire the scenery and snap that photo with your bae more waffles

Quebec

The city that is permanently covered in a blanket of snow seems like an amazing place to take a trip to in December. With a German theme, there are a selection of delicacies such as mulled wine, Bratwurst and gingerbread. Choir singing and 90 wooden kiosks, theres plenty to do here and apparently the Alpine Chalet is the place to go if you’re a foodie.

Drusden

There’s nothing like exploring a Bavarian wonderland like Striezelmarkt to get your dose of Christmas spirit. There’s lots of booths to get some handmade crafts if you’re running out of present ideas. Try some glühwein (mulled wine) or Christstollen (fruit bread). There’s lots of delicacies here if you’ve never tried German food. There’s also a grand Ferris wheel to take in the glorious views of Drusden.

Karen’s recommendations:

Japan

Japan holds a place in my heart and Tokyo is a city that leaves me in awe and fascination by the merge of ancient traditions with mesmerising futuristic technology. I’d love to head to Tokyo for their Christmas markets, not so much because of their German beer and gluwein influences but because of the unique light displays thay really do make the city magical at Christmas. One I have my eye on is the Tokyo Skytree Dream Christmas with the fourth floor garden packed with illuminations too

New York City

New York City at Christmas has been an absolute dream since I first watched Home Alone as a child. From ice skating to the parades, it really does hold all the dreams of a magical Christmas. Each year Grand Central Terminal holiday fair is one of the biggest markets in NYC, packed with vendors selling toys and gifts in Vanderbilt Hall. If I make it to New York City at Christmas I will definitely be heading that way!

Croatia

Croatia is on my bucket list for any time of year, but I have heard the Zagreb Christmas market is the place to head for the ultimate Christmas experience. With street music, stalls, performances and spectacular illuminations, it really promises to be all the Christmas magic you dream of for all the family to enjoy, from the smells of the sizzling foods and spices through to the sounds of the live music.

Hope you enjoyed our bucket list! Please comment if you have more ideas 🙂

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