Dresden’s Christmas Market
The first-ever Christmas market was in Dresden, Germany. Dresden’s Christmas Market is known for the blaze of lights, the scent of mulled wine, and Christmas music. Making this once-in-a-lifetime experience a pleasure for all the senses. You can admire the dazzling display of handcrafted decorations and listen to the Christmas carols. If you’re lucky enough to visit on the second weekend in Advent, you can pay homage to the original Dresdner Christstollen. This location began the magic of Christmas and travel together; today, you can see Christmas Markets worldwide.
Austria Christmas Market
Feed your Christmas spirit with a visit to the enchanting Christkindlmarkt. This is where you can feast on delicious gingerbread and Glühwein, and wander past wooden stalls piled high with handcrafted toys, seasonal gifts, and tasty festive fare. Christkindlmark is located in the capital of Austria and is commonly added onto a Christmas Market trip to Europe.
Canadian Christmas Markets
Not sure you want to cross the pond? Montreal and Quebec City offer a Europe-like Christmas market experience having many vendors, lights and so much more to make anyone feel like they are in the heart of Germany.
See below some other awesome recommendations on where you can go this winter to indulge in the Christmas spirit and not have to travel overseas. We here at Journease Travel, would love to have you make an appointment so we can walk you through some more wonderful locations.
The Top 5 Christmas Destinations in the U.S.!
New York City is a wonderful destination to go to for Christmas. You can skate at Central Park, visit the tree at Rockefeller Center, take in the Radio City Rockettes, or lurk around 34th Street and hope to witness a miracle!
2. North Pole, Alaska
Home to St. Nick himself, in a town where it is Christmas all year round! You need to go here to meet Santa at his house, get a custom handwritten Santa response letter, and experience the twinkly lights down Santa Clause Lane.
3. Leavenworth, Washington
This small town in Washington has all the classic Christmas market vibes, including a reindeer petting zoo, handcrafted toy vendors, and tasty winter treats. Don’t miss out on the gingerbread competition or the annual tree lighting.
4. Franklin, TN
The town of Franklin, Tennessee, is where Dickens’s work comes alive. You can visit this town and run into Scrooge himself or even Oliver Twist in a town dedicated to and decorated to be a Dickens novel.
5. Branson, MI
The home of the Polar Express, Branson is more than just lights and shows during the winter season. Here you can take a train ride, and not any old train ride but a ride to go see Santa! They will read captions out of “The Polar Express” book and serve hot chocolate and cookies. But make sure you say “HI” to Santa because this only happens to a few lucky children.