Christmas Markets


December is here! It’s the month of illuminations, hot chocolate, and gifts, so this month’s topic is an event that combines these three things: Christmas Markets!

Before Christmas Markets, there were Winter Markets. The oldest Winter Market began in Vienna, Austria in 1298. The Winter Market was held so that villagers could buy supplies for the cold and dark season. After that, Christmas-themed markets started in other German-speaking areas. Vendors sold nuts, gingerbread, and wooden toys to celebrate the holiday.

Today, the biggest Christmas markets are in Germany, Austria, and France. However, you can also visit major Christmas Markets in the UK, the USA, Canada, Spain, and here in Japan! Visitors can enjoy food, shopping, and experiencing how different cultures celebrate the winter holidays.