Christmas Markets Worth Visiting

See our alternative World’s Christmas Markets digest that includes unexpected destinations and of course, fun things to do.

Riga, Latvia

To Eat:

Grey peas and bacon, ostrich meat pie.

To Drink:

Karsts vīns (mulled wine), Black Balsam with hot black currant juice, hot sea-buckthorn juice.

To Buy:

Hand-knitted shawls and mittens and socks, aromatic candles, handmade toys, artisanal spoons and other woodwork.

 

Kraków, Poland

To Eat:

Polish dumplings, sausages, carefully selected smoked hams, local varieties of cheese such as oscypekmade from sheep milk, paczki (traditional polish donuts), smalec (a spread made of lard).

To Drink:

Grzaniec (local spicy mulled wine),hot beer or beer with sweet syrup that comes in various flavors such as raspberry, cranberry and ginger.

To Buy:

Amber jewelry, wool slippers, cow rugs, handmade plates, tree ornaments, pillowcases, ceramic figurines.

 

Moscow, Russia

To Eat:

Caviar, crepes and sausages, traditional festive foods from all over the globe.

To Drink:

Medovuha(the honey based sweet alcohol beverage), spicy sbiten, teas.

To Buy:

Matrishka (a doll with many others inside), wooden spoons and bowls painted in Khohloma style, Orenburg shawls, valenki (felt boots), porcelain dolls in beautiful dresses.

 

Quebec City, Canada

To Eat:

Swiss hot-fondue, pretzels, stollen(German cakes), bratwurst, gingerbread.

To Drink:

Apple cider, ice wine.

To Buy:

Board games, handmade soaps, knits, handcrafted jewelry, Alpaca wool pieces, exquisite Christmas gifts.

 

Sibiu, Romania

To Eat:

Cozonac (Romania’s Panettone), grilled sausage, roasted chestnuts and toasted almonds.

To Drink:

Punch, tuică(a clear and gut-warming potent spirit distilled from plums).

To Buy:

Leather goods, fur hats, unique handmade Christmas ornaments, Romanian pottery, wooden children’s toys.

 



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