The festive season is fast approaching and we’re gearing up for Christmas markets, skating rinks, Glühwein and winter wonderlands galore. Get in that holiday mood with our bucket list of winter events around the world.
Strasbourg Christmas Market (France)
One of the oldest Christmas markets in the world, this awe-inspiring winter-pallooza has been hosted since 1570. With its impressive history, Strasbourg Christmas Market isn’t lying when it calls itself “the birthplace of Christmas celebrations”. Complete with fairy lights, carolers and rows upon rows of artisans selling their wares, the open-air celebration is the closest thing to Christmas magic you can get.
Rockefeller Center (New York, USA)
Maybe the abundance of films and TV shows featuring magical winter moments in Rockefeller Center that has inched this place up our list, but it can’t be a Hollywood trope for no reason, right? From the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring high-kicking entertainers through to the iconic ice skating rink and annual lighting of the tree, the NYC square has become a Christmas mainstay.
Viennese Christmas Market (Austria)
Sparkling with gorgeous lights and market stalls as far as the eye can see, the Viennese Christmas Market is the embodiment of a classic Christmas scene. Not to be missed are the deliciously aromatic Christmas baked goods and hot punch.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland (London, UK)
A bustling hybrid somewhere between a traditional Christmas market and Oktoberfest, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is one of the most well-attended events in the world. In addition to market stalls, the event also boasts carnival rides, a massive ice skating rink and a spinning carousel bar. The event even integrates RFID with the Coaster Pass cashless payment system, so we might be a little biased.
Sapporo Snow Festival (Japan)
Okay, so this one isn’t a Christmas event, but it’s still an incredible winter celebration, so we’re counting it. Taking place in late-January/early-February each year, the festival boasts snow and ice sculptures, snow slides and even an Ice Queen who presides over the event.
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