Christkindelsmärik market; Photograph by greatvaluevacations.com

Basilica Christmas Market, Budapest; Photograph by must-visit-destinations.com

Christkindlmarket, Chicago; Photograph by christkindlmarket.com

Plaisirs d’Hiver Christmas market; Photograph from Pinterest

Six bazaars that redefined Christmas around the world in 2018

by Sara Shaikh Dec 26, 2018 There is something magical about Christmas and its festive markets. The lights, the trinkets, Santa and his elves…the list is endless. Elle Décor India picks the top six Christmas markets around the world that peeked our interest this year.


1) Christkindelsmärik, Strasbourg.

One of Europe’s oldest Christmas markets, Christkindelsmärik in Strasbourg, France, is the place where it is love at first sight. You cannot help but fall in love with the beautifully illuminated stalls and the aroma of freshly baked gingerbread and biscuits. The streets come alive with Christmas music. The sound and the light shows are the perfect end to the evening with a glass of the popular Vin Chaud or mulled wine.

2) Winterfest, Hong Kong.

Every building on Victoria harbour dazzles in festive spirit making the lights the main attraction of the season. Despite it not being a typical Chinese holiday, it is still welcomed with open arms. The many shopping centres and grand Christmas markets bustle with people from all around the world, indulging in everything Hong Kong has to offer.

3) Basilica Christmas Market, Budapest.

New in the game, the Advent Fair in Budapest, Hungary, has soon become the one to look out for. Right by the market the St. Stephen’s Basilica stands tall, more glorious than ever, covered in shimmering Christmas decorations. You can gawk at its splendour while showing off your moves on the ice rink. Gliding on the ice, buying trinkets from the handcraft stalls and choosing from an array of sumptuous treats, one is sure to have a gala time.

4) Christkindlmarket, Chicago.

Chicago’s Christkindlmarket is sure to make you waddle back home with a full stomach and a satisfied heart thanks to all the delicious German food that’s offered, like potato pancakes, schnitzels and chocolate covered pretzels paired with some rich Glühwein. Take a stroll down the winding lanes of the market and browse through the various huts selling handmade souvenirs and a creative selection of Christmas ornaments that are sure to get anyone in the Christmas spirit, instantly. Can’t travel to Germany this Christmas? Experience the German way of celebration right here in Chicago.

5) Plaisirs d’Hiver, Belgium

Belgium’s Plaisirs d’Hiver is one market you do not want to miss. Everyone’s gaze will be up in the air as the buildings will be transformed into moving works of art. The grand Christmas tree and the much awaited light and sound show will leave the spectators awestruck and hungry for more. There is no space for boredom as there are always concerts, 360-degree audio-visual shows and a plethora of family events being hosted in the high-tech dome to keep you entertained all day.

6) Winter Village at Bryant Park, New York.

There's a sense of joy in the air and a certain skip in everyone’s step as soon as the holidays arrive. The busy streets of New York light up with festive cheer and everyone rushes to the Christmas markets around town to check off all the items on their Christmas lists. The best Christmas market in New York is the Winter Village at Bryant Park. Feast at its very own restaurant and bring out your inner shopaholic at the countless stores that cater to absolutely all ages. There is something there for everyone, even our furry friends!

Plaisirs d’Hiver Christmas market; Photograph from Pinterest