People around the world gearing up for the holidays by decorating their towns and setting up long-awaited Christmas markets. As you’re on the hunt for the best Christmas gifts, consider those special items that can’t be found in mass merchandise stores. Shopping at a world-renowned Christmas market gives every gift that extra something special. It’s more personalized and unique, plus it gives you a chance to gift someone a little slice of the world beyond their own backyard.
Some of the best Christmas markets in the world are just an hour or two apart from each other when you travel via private jet. Check out our top destinations for your Christmas shopping and celebrate the holidays in style.
Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark
Many of the long-standing Christmas markets in Europe have been canceled this year because of the pandemic, but the one at Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen is still going strong. Many worldly travels argue this is the best time of year to visit the city, which is filled with smaller shopping areas that pop up just for the holidays. Highlights to include in your shopping trip are the King’s New Square Christmas Market, the High Bridge Square Christmas Market, and the H.C. Andersen Christmas Market.
Also called the ‘Capital of Christmas,’ Strasbourg is one of the magical places to visit around the holidays. Just 15 minutes from the Strasbourg airport, the city glows at night with countless twinkling lights and Christmas displays. Homemade handicrafts, locally-made treats, music, and exhibitions create a fairytale-like experience. As an added bonus, this Christmas market spans into the New Year, giving you even more time to soak up the joy of the season.
Prague, Czech Republic
Another favorite among travelers, the Christmas markets in Prague are something to look forward to every year. Old Town Square is the best place to find traditional foods like klobasa and trdelnik. Though the actual markets have been canceled for 2021, the permanent stalls in Old Town Square are allowed to remain open and have been decorated for the holiday season. The city’s other permanent market, Havel’s Market, is also open for holiday shoppers and reflects the spirit of the season even in the absence of the traditional markets.
If you’re looking to stay closer to home, you can’t beat Chicago’s famous Christkindlmarket. Now in its 25th year, the market is offering both in-person and virtual experiences. Inspired by the renowned Christmas markets in Germany, Chicago’s take focuses on Christmas music, classic foods and drinks, and holiday cheer throughout the plaza.
New York, USA
Just a short private jet flight from Chicago, New York’s Winter Village at Bryant Park is a bevy of typical winter games and experiences. Returning this year are the cozy igloo domes that make for a perfect place to rest after a day of shopping, as well as ice skating, caroling, and a variety of holiday shops.
Planning for Next Year’s Christmas Market Shopping
There are a couple of honorable mentions for the world’s best Christmas markets that were canceled for 2021 but are worth keeping on your radar for next year.
First up: Stuttgart, Germany, where more than 300 vendors gather for a Christmas market unlike any other. Munich is also high on the list, with a history of holiday shopping dating back to the 14th century. More like an ongoing festival than just a shopper’s paradise, visitors can expect Bavarian baked goods, dancing, music, crafts, and of course, some of the most splendid Christmas decor around.
For USA travelers, San Francisco’s Great Dickens Christmas Fair is always a treat. Step back in time with this Charles Dickens-themed market complete with live music, beer and wine tastings, and children’s activities.
Find Your Christmas Cheer Aboard a Private Jet
No matter where your holiday shopping travels take you, you’re sure to find something special at one of the world’s greatest Christmas markets. And there’s no better way to get there than aboard a private jet just for you. Private jets take off when you’re ready and go where you want, plus they can help you explore more markets this holiday season and finish your shopping in record time.
Find a private jet charter with Access Jet Group today!