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Best Christmas Markets of 2013

Published December 3rd, 2013 | Author:

Best Christmas Markets 2013

Best Christmas Markets 2013

Merry Christmas from Private Jet Charter!

It’s that time of year again! Drinking sherry by the fire, eating too much chocolate and spending time with the ones you love. Celebrate this season by visiting the best Christmas Markets in the world with Private Jet Charter. Email or call us today : [email protected]  -  +44 (0) 20 8897 8979

 

Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg’s Christmas market takes pride of place in front of the sublime, towering cathedral of Our Lady Strasbourg. It’s the largest and oldest Christmas market in France. For more than 400 years the city has welcomed visitors to its Christikindelsmarket. Nativity figurines and traditional delicacies (spiced bread, mulled wine and foie gras) fill the stalls with its christmas cheer.

With around 300 chalets spread over 11 sites in the city centre, it is also one of the largest Christmas Markets in Europe. You will find arts and crafts and typical Alsatian Christmas decorations, delightfully placed within the beautiful architecture that Strasbourg boasts so well.

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New York, USA

Famous for Broadway shows, the Empire State Building and the irresistible shopping experience of Bloomingdales and Barney’s this City has everything.

There are a number of Christmas markets in the Big Apple, but the nineteenth annual Union Square Holiday Market boasts over 100 retailers coming from all over the world.

It gets pretty busy in this downtown market, but the handcrafted gifts and artisan food vendors are worth the crowds.

Dates: November 21 – December 24, 2013

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Copenhagen, Denmark

Tivoli Gardens famous amusement park hosts Copenhagen’s Christmas markets. The willow trees are generously laced with lights, and there is around four miles of colourful stalls! This market welcomes about 1 million visitors each year, and is open until the 30th of December.

Copenhagen is a Christmas city, not just because Greenland (part of Denmark) is the home of the ‘Julemand’ (Santa) and Denmark the home of the Christmas stamp but because this holiday is the most eagerly anticipated by all Danes who have passed down its simple pleasures and traditions from generation to generation. With music, delicious treats, hand made gifts and more Denmark really knows how to create a winter wonderland.

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Vienna, Austria

At the traditional Vienna Magic of Advent, the Rathausplatz becomes a shining fairytale land.The 150 or so sales stands offer Christmas gifts, Christmas tree decorations, sweets and warming drinks. The trees of the surrounding City Hall park are festively decorated and radiate in a sea of lights. This is a great place for family’s and couples.

Not far away is the Christmas village on Maria-Theresien-Platz, situated between the Museum of Fine Arts and the Natural History Museum. Over 60 stands offering traditional handicrafts and original gift ideas are set up here during Advent. The romantic Christmas village in the Old AKH is also a popular meeting point during the run-up to Christmas, especially for the younger crowd.

The Old Viennese Christmas Market on Freyung in the city center is committed to tradition. A Christmas market was held here as early as 1772; today, it is a place to buy handicrafts, glass decorations, traditional cribs and ceramics. Surrounded by shops and restaurants this christmas gem is hugely popular this season.

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Brussels & Bruge, Belgium

Christmas in Brussels seems to get bigger every year. The Christmas market now extends along the streets from Grand’Place to place Ste-Catherine, covering almost 2 kilometres (1.2 miles).

Each of the 240 market stalls is a little wooden-roofed hut selling mainly arts and crafts or food and drink, all of them having a pan-European flavour.

By the time you reach place Ste-Catherine and the quays beyond, not only are you decently warmed up, but you’re at the heart of the festivities. The quaint stalls continue, punctuated every now and again by a 35m toboggan slope, a big-wheel illuminated with 18,000 lights and, of course, the 200 foot-long skating rink.

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Chicago, USA

Famous for the Sears Tower, the Chicago style Hot Dog and some serious retail therapy at the Magnificent Mile, Chicago has an abundance of life and culture.

At the Christkindlmarket Chicago Christmas Market, you’ll find classic German products like nutcrackers, cuckoo clocks, beer steins, and Hummel figurines, as well as ornaments and a variety of other handicrafts.

There’s also a huge selection of European sweet and savory foods. Musicians provide entertainment while you shop, and a cup of Glühwein and roasted nuts will finish off the experience! Open daily through December 24th at Daley Plaza (between Washington, Clark & Dearborn Street)

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San Francisco, USA

Ever wish you could step back into Victorian London and experience Christmas the old fashioned way? Well at The Great Dickens Christmas Fair, you can do just that! For five weekends a year, Cow Palace in Daly City transforms into a Dickens village complete with hops, pubs, tea rooms, lecture halls, theaters, a music hall, and over 700 actors dressed in period costume.

This is the perfect place to pick up something truly unique like antique maps, handcrafted magic wands, and proper bonnets – a gift for crazy Aunt Liz perhaps?

Dates: November 23 – December 22, 2013 (weekends only)

This is the only market we know that charges an admission fee for entry ($25), it’s also recommended that patrons dress up in a Victorian style to attend although it’s not compulsory.

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