Vivamost! Travel, Fashion, events, food & drink

Holidays & Customs

Let’s visit the magical Christmas Markets

Grand Opening 2007 - copyright City of Chicago Mayor’s Office of Special Events


Do you want to visit Christmas markets this year? Would you like to bring your children to a market you used to go to while you were a child?

If you haven’t bought a train or a airline ticket, it is not too late. But don’t wait too long. If you probably can always find a way to reach your destination, hotels get booked early for that time of the year and especially if you are planning to go to a small village or city.

So, where should you go?


Here is a list of some beautiful Christmas markets in Europe and USA:


Innsbruck: November 15th to January 6th

Vienna: November 19th to December 26th



Oxford: December 2d to December 18th



Colmar: November 24th o December 31st

Lyon Place Carnot: November 25th to December 24th

Paris (Place St Sulpice, St Germain des Près, Champs Elysées, Monpartnasse): November 23d to January 2d, 2012

Strasbourg: November 26th to December 31st


Strasbourg stand at a Christmas market

Strasbourg stand at a Christmas market



Berlin: November 22d to December 31st – biggest market in Spandau

Dresden: November 24th to December 24th – with traditional Stollen

Frankfurt: November 23d to December 22d

Heidelberg: November 23d to December 22d

Munich: November 25th to December 24th – enjoy Christmas on the Marienplatz

Nüremberg: November 25th to December 24th – try out the Lebkuchen


Lebkuchen at a Christmas market in Frankfurt

Lebkuchen at a Christmas market in Frankfurt


Rome: November 26th to January 6th



Basel: November 24th to December 23d

Montreux: November 24th to December 24th

Zurich: November 17th to December 31st


Market View from Dearborn with Picasso (Chicago market)- copyright Peter Schultz



Chicago Christkindelmarkt: November 23rd to December 24th – it celebrated last year its 15th anniversary and is the biggest Christmas market in America – Located on the Daley Plaza – Number of visitors went from 300,000 in 1996 to 1 million! Visit the Children’s Lantern Parade on St. Martin’s day (first Friday of December). Some vendors come from Germany to sell their treats.

Don’t miss the tree lighting ceremony this Wednesday, Nov. 23rd at 4:30p.m.


How to travel to the European Christmas markets?

Check out Rail Europe here. It has a list of  their ten favorite markets from Lille in France to Copenhagen in Denmark. If you would like to go somewhere else, key in your destination to find out how to get their and the price of the fare.


Great Thanks to Alicia Weippert from German American Services, Inc, who sent me pictures and information about the Chicago Christmas Market.                              


Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Related Posts

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published.

Become a Vivamost Contributor!

Are you a passionate writer? Would you like to share an unforgettable experience, write a review or do you have an eye for taking unique photos or videos?
Vivamost is looking for writers and photographers.

Click here for more info

Recent Comments

Encore bravo pour le salon du chocolat de Paris ! ...
Juliette Binoche interprète divinement le rôle d...
Even as Artist, "The Starnight" was an unforgettab...
Super classe ce salon ! Présentation et excellenc...
Super classe ce salon ! présentation et excellenc...
Merci pour cette belle démonstration et saveurs. ...
Merci pour cette description de ce déjeuner si ap...
Hi MS. Véronique Gray Happy New Year I hope y...
Virginio Pessina also worked on the doors and stat...
eben zurueck von vorstellung des circus connelli i...