There’s nothing wrong with sticking to tradition – enjoying a feast with family and friends at Christmas Eve and opening presents in the morning. But there’s also nothing wrong with doing something different for the holidays and trying new things!
Go out! While it’s too cold for many to go camping, hiking or any other outdoor activities, it doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy being outside. During Christmas season, there are plenty of events, festivals or markets around the country (and around the world!) that one can enjoy.
Nothing would feel more festive than wrapping up, strolling in a night market buying Christmas treats and presents or sipping your holiday beverage at a fun Christmas event. Not to mention being surrounded by gorgeous Christmas lights!
Here are 10 Christmas events that are worth spending the holidays outside for:
Downtown Holiday Market (Washington, DC)
Considered to be one of the country’s best Holiday Markets, Washington’s Downtown Holiday Market starts from mid-November and runs all the way through Christmas Eve. It features an array of vendors and exhibitors offering food items, clothing, jewelry, arts and crafts, and many more. You can visit the market at F Street in Washington (outside the National Portrait Gallery). Opens at noon and closes at 8pm daily.
Union Square Holiday Market (New York)
If you’re in New York or nearby, visit the Union Square Holiday Market – you’ll end up spending a day of fun in there! Located in the heart of Manhattan, this huge market has over 150 vendors offering a wide array of awesome products, from food items to handcrafted goods. One would find plenty of Christmas gift ideas here!
Not only that, attendees can also enjoy live musical performances and some festive family-friendly activities like the kid’s craft studio. Located in the heart of Manhattan, visit this awesome holiday market at Union Square Park, open at 11am to 8pm (Weekdays), 10am to 8pm (Saturdays) and 11am to 7pm (Sundays). Open until December 24.
Winterfest (Pigeon Forge, Tennessee)
Pigeon Forge is the home of the Dollywood Theme Park (owned by celebrity Dolly Parton) where families flock to every holiday season for the Timber Canyon Festival of Lights, a popular lights and music show. Winterfest features plenty of parades, special shows, festive music and hot cider. It also offers free trolley tours through beautiful light displays. Winterfest is a 4-month-long holiday event that ends in February 28.
Christmas Town (Virginia)
If you’re fan of light displays during the holidays, then Christmas Town in Busch Gardens is where you need to go – it has the biggest holiday display in North America with eight million lights! This year, two of the theme park’s most popular roller coasters will be open for the first time all throughout the event ending on January 2. And if you have time to explore the state of Virginia a little bit more, head on over to the Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum and the American Revolution Museum for A Colonial Christmas, wherein you can experience Holidays traditions in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Tomball German Christmas Market and Festival (Tomball, Texas)
Want to drop by a Christmas market? Want to go to a street festival? In the mood for a concert? No worries – the Tomball German Christmas Market and Festival is all these things rolled into one. It features over 175 vendors offering a wide range of Christmas treats and products, carol singers and live musical performances from well-known stage performers.
Even kids will enjoy loads – the event has a dedicated kid’s area that offers pony rides, a petting zoo, bungee jumping, a rock wall and some carnival rides. The event is at Old Town Tomball (near the historical Train Depot Plaza).
Christmas Village (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Located at Philadelphia’s City Hall grounds, Christmas Village features live musical performances as well as thousands of gorgeous lights. This German-themed Christmas Market has over 80 stalls offering traditional European food, arts and crafts, jewelry, toys and many more.
Now if you have the chance, even in the future, here are the most famous around the world..
Tallinn Christmas Market (Tallinn, Estonia)
Voted as Europe’s Best Christmas Market, Tallinn’s market is widely visited every year because of many reasons – its beautiful historic location, preserved medieval buildings and overall fun and festive atmosphere.
Attendees can enjoy not only breath-taking light displays but Christmas roasts, family-friendly activities and plenty of Christmas gift ideas as well.
Strasbourg Christmas Market (Strasbourg, France)
One of the oldest and one of the best holiday markets in Europe, this amazing event is set up in a UNESCO heritage site, in the heart of Grandelle.
Apart from it’s amazing features and offerings like the 300 Wooden Chalets, you only need to know one reason why this market should be on your bucket list for future holidays. Strasbourg is the birthplace of Christmas celebrations and is known to be the world’s Christmas Capital.
Christmas Wonderland Festive Market (Singapore)
Gardens by the Bay in Singapore is a popular tourist attraction in Singapore and every year, it turns to Christmas Wonderland, a fun and family-friendly festival that features live performances, carnival games and a great dining and shopping experience. The festival runs until December 26.
Sibiu Christmas Fair (Sibiu, Romania)
Now on its 11th year, the Sibiu Christmas Fair is visited by thousands of people each year. Featuring incredible light displays, the fair also has over 90 exhibitors (both local and abroad) and plenty of events for children. Over 3,000 children visit the Santa Claus Workshop attraction each year.
The highlight of this year’s fair will be the large, beautiful light projections over the Piata Mare buildings.
You can choose to celebrate at home with family and friends, but Christmas is also best shared with everyone – go out and feel more festive by visiting any of these amazing Christmas events!
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