VIENNESE DREAM CHRISTMAS MARKET
Vienna, Austria With Vienna’s spectacular Town Hall glowing brightly in the background, the Viennese Dream Christmas Market gets extra points for its beautiful atmosphere. Set in gorgeous Rathausplatz Square, this Christmas market is BIG, colorful, and busy. So, be prepared to go there with enough time to experience it all. Sip some warm Gluhwein and discover treasures like hand-painted nutcrackers, fresh wreaths, and wooden puzzles. Embrace the wintry weather and take a spin around the outdoor ice-skating rink, lit up beneath the numerous, vibrant light displays. WHY IT’S ENCHANTING: The excitement continues inside. The Town Hall has an area on the first floor just for the littlest market goers, with hands-on holiday programs such as candle making and Christmas cookie baking.
TRENTO CHRISTMAS MARKET
Trento, Italy Beginning in November, the Italian city of Trento becomes known as Città del Natale, or “Christmas Town.” Located in Italy’s northernmost region, just south of the Dolomites, this Alpine town is rich with Austrian influences, old-world charm, and breathtaking views. The Christmas market is held in two public squares, Piazza Fiera and Piazza Cesare Battisti, where artists and merchants sell handmade gifts, holiday décor, and clothing from behind quaint wooden stalls. Trento’s shared Italian-Austrian heritage can be witnessed (and tasted!) in the many food and drink offerings at this Christmas market – from the traditional Panettone holiday cake to the fresh apple strudel. WHY IT’S ENCHANTING: This Christmas market is also “green market.” Environmental sustainability has a strong presence and is emphasized through clean energy, local products, and ecocertified paper bags.
HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN CHRISTMAS MARKET
Odense, Denmark Held in the hometown of the world-renowned Danish writer, this Christmas market takes a heaping dose of his classic fairytale magic and sprinkles on a dash of seasonal whimsy. Located in the square near the author’s childhood home and museum, visitors will experience what the holiday season was like in the 19th century. The setting is authentic as it gets, and shoppers will find themselves surrounded by beautiful townhouses and half-timbered houses built long ago. Though this market is smaller in size, its offerings are just as grand as any of the bigger Christmas markets. Shop for porcelain tableware and knitted scarves, then watch wood workers craft holiday décor right before your eyes. WHY IT’S ENCHANTING: Inspired by Andersen’s fairytales, jugglers, costumed characters, horse-drawn carriage rides, a carousel, and a goose parade are just some of the merriment visitors may encounter.
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