The festive season is just around the corner. Whether you’re bundled up with a warm cup of hot chocolate in the Northern Hemisphere or barbecuing on the beach in the Southern Hemisphere, truly get into the holiday spirit by taking a trip to your local Christmas Markets. Here’s a list of our top 5 to give you a bit of inspiration…

Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market  Birmingham, England

One of the biggest German Christmas markets outside of Germany. Get in the Christmas spirit by listening to traditional carols and visiting the 80 wooden stall selling everything from Christmas crafts, ornaments, sweet treats and of course a bratwurst or two. 

Zagreb Advent 

Zagreb, Croatia 

Voted the best Christmas market in Europe and it’s not hard to see why. The entire city of Zagred is taken over with Christmas spirit. The market includes an outdoor ski rink, lots of sparkling trees, rides for the little ones and plenty of food stalls for whatever Christmas treat you’re craving.

Christkindlmarket Chicago 

Chicago, Illinois

A traditional German-style Christkindlmarket in the heart of the Windy City. Inspired by the 16th century Christmas market in Nuremberg, Germany, this market has been a Chi-town favourite since 1996. To get the full German experience make sure to book a Stammtisch, a special gathering you can enjoy with your friends and family and feast on all the German food and drinks in the comfort of a cozy hut. 

Brisbane Night Christmas Market 

Brisbane, Australia 

Brisbane’s night markets get a festive twist during the holiday season. Complete with snow machine, Christmas carollers and even a visit from Santa himself. Serving up a mixture of classic Australian and European dishes and a variety of Christmas drinks.


Berlin, Germany

One of the over 70 markets across the city of Berlin. The backdrop to these markets are the two breath-taking churches Französischer Dom and Deutscher Dom. Enjoy winter delicacies, Gospel choirs, fire-eaters, glassblowers and sip on some warming mulled wine.