Once again, Chicago’s coming out on top regarding the holiday spirit!
According to a new list from Big 7, a top global travel site, our Chicago tradition is in the top three best Christmas markets in the entire world!
Known as one of Chicago’s most beloved Christmas traditions, the Christkindlmarket has become a cheerful staple in the Windy City, offering visitors a taste of winter wonderland. With over 1 million people in attendance every year, the market is one of the oldest Christmas markets in America. The Chicago market always includes traditional German and European traditions such as live music, festive shopping, and plenty of food and drink options.
This isn’t the first time our market has been recognized either! Last year, Chicago’s Christkindlmarket earned the number 1 spot on the same company’s 25 Christmas Markets in the U.S. list! This year, the rankings span across the globe, and factor in vendor variety, food, entertainment, local traditions, and other elements.
Make sure to grab a collectible souvenir mug as each year varies in design and style. This year’s mug features a holiday scene with people holding hands in front of a skyline backdrop highlighting iconic Chicago landmarks like the Marina Towers, Willis Tower, and Paramount Theatre. It also takes inspiration from the Year of Chicago Dance celebration. Past iterations featured designs depicting a snowy Chicago night or followed a unique boot shape. There’s also a souvenir mug for non-alcoholic drinks which shows off a dancing penguin!
As for the number one and two spots on the list? Well, the top spot go to Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin, Germany and number two: Winter Wonders in Brussels, Belgium.
Find the addresses to this years Christkindlmarket below:
Daley Plaza, 50 W Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602
Gallagher Way, 3635 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613
Aurora RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL 60505
[Featured photo via: Christkindlmarket Chicago]