Best Christmas Markets to go in December

With the distant hum of Christmas carols, the smell of mulled wine wafting through the air and twinkling lights aplenty, Christmas markets have become a tradition worldwide, with some of the most unique listed below. From sipping on South African wine at the Stellenbosch Christmas Market to ice skating in New York. Read on to discover the very best Christmas Markets in our destinations. 

New York City, America

Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center

A holiday to New York during the holiday season is top of many people's lists and with several Christmas markets in the city, there is no wonder why. The biggest and best is the outdoor markets in Union Square. With dozens of stalls selling handmade local crafts, seasonal snacks, and mulled wine. The Union Square markets are just one of the many incredible things to do in New York on a long weekend, so after you have shopped till you’ve dropped make sure to take in some of the famous sights. Make sure to visit the enormous Rockefeller Centre Christmas tree, only a short taxi ride away from Union Square.

Banff, Canada


Found in Canada’s first national park, Banff Christmas Market is one of a kind. A traditional European-style Christmas market, surrounded by beauty and nature, creates a warm and inviting environment for families of all ages. From Nova Scotia’s reclaimed boat wood, Inuit carvers and local artisans to jewellers, home decor and clothing retailers, your choice for gifts are endless. Find out our top must-dos when visiting Banff and Lake Louise.

Wellington, New Zealand

Hannahs Laneway, Wellington

While New Zealand doesn’t have as strong a Christmas market tradition as our other destinations, the country works hard to bring a festive flair to its regular markets. Wellington’s Underground Market has built a strong reputation for its festive markets, with over 90 stalls this is a fantastic option for those looking to find a special gift or locally produced food. The capital city is a remarkable place to immerse yourself in Christmas traditions, recently named ‘the coolest little capital city in the world by Lonely Planet, find out more of what the North Island has to offer.


Fremantle Christmas Markets, Western Australia

Coinciding with summer, Christmas in Australia is very different than in the UK. Instead of being blanketed by snow, temperatures reach over 43C. There are a couple of Christmas markets worth a visit. Fremantle’s Arts Centre’s annual Bazaar claims to be Australia’s best Christmas market, with 50 of Western Australia’s celebrated artisans selling their goods. Or New South Wales Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Spectacular is home to the best Christmas lights, with over 3 million lights enjoy stunning light displays, market food and fairground rides.

Stellenbosch, South Africa

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If you are planning to escape the cold and embrace some winter warmth, why not travel to South Africa this December? The Stellenbosch Christmas Market (aka Stellenbosch Kersmark) is an annual event, held in Stellenbosch in late November. Enjoy shopping like a local for top-quality art and handwork from over 180 stalls of sought-after artisans. This market certainly has the wow factor, indulge in mince pies, local wines and Christmas treats. 

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