The world’s largest Christmas markets: Where to shop

Written by Staff Writer In Germany, a huge glass Christmas tree and light display in front of the Reichstag, the country’s parliament. On Saturday it will be lit up with giant German mirror crystals….

The world's largest Christmas markets: Where to shop

Written by Staff Writer

In Germany, a huge glass Christmas tree and light display in front of the Reichstag, the country’s parliament. On Saturday it will be lit up with giant German mirror crystals. In Switzerland, a gilded sleigh strolling through the Swiss town of Schwyz will attract thousands. In Poland, 90,000 people are expected to line the streets as the town of Swinawaj asks passersby for donations.

These are among the scenes around the world as towns and cities across the globe invite people to gather around the seasonal market to buy festive goods and snap a photo of themselves with Santa Claus.

Each market sets its own rules on how many presents can be purchased, ways to recycle cardboard and clearances from December 19, December 26, December 30 and January 1 — the last day when shops can’t open.

The traditional Christmas market has been popping up worldwide for thousands of years as locals gather around hot steaming wok fires to pick a hunk of toffee or grill a juicy pig.

Here are a few of the most popular markets that are still going ahead. We’ll continue to update this feature as more markets are announced.

1. Berlin, Germany

We can’t leave out one of the best known markets in the world. In the German capital, the main open air market will run from November 26 to January 6, with different locations all across the city, including at Friedrichstrasse, Max-Joseph-Haus, Einsteinstraße and in front of the Reichstag.

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