Christmas is a time for getting together with your loved ones and remembering the things that we might take for granted the rest of the year. However, one of the added bonuses of the festive period is that all over the world Christmas markets start to spring up that offer a wide range of not only incredible food that you can’t get any other time of year, but also some really enjoyable and unique events that are bound to make you wish it was Christmas every day.

With each country having a different spin on the Christmas market, there is endless variety so it can be tough to decide which one to visit if you are going away over the festive period. So without further ado, here are the best Christmas markets in the world for you to fill up on all the very best Christmas time treats that come around only once a year.

Munich

Marien Platz becomes a special location over Christmas time. It fills with a whole host of stalls offering a vast array of sweet treats ranging from Nuremberg Gingerbread to Munich honey to plum and almond confectionaries. However, the German food market staples of Bratwurst and Weissbeir are the real showstoppers and, needless to say, there is more selection than you can dream of.

Munich is pretty cool in the summer too.

Munich can be equally as interesting in the summer as well.

Brussels

This Belgian market spans a full 2 kilometres and makes the most of the historical and awe-inspiring atmosphere that Belgium has to offer. Although it may be tempting to spend your time eating chocolates to your heart’s content, this Christmas market offers a lot more than simply Belgian chocolate. From the Ferris wheel to the famous ice monster to the ice rink, this market is definitely worth the visit.

Strasbourg

First set up in 1570, the Strasbourg Christmas market in the Alsace region of France, was one of the first and that sense of originality carries on to this day. Originally known as “Christkindelsmärik”, which literally translates as “market of the Infant Jesus”, the market is a distinctly German celebration of Christmas, with unique and delectable biscuits and confectionaries.

Barcelona

Whilst this Christmas market might not be typically known for its food, but rather its figures from the nativity scene, there are still some hidden gems to be found. For instance, rather than the typical mulled wine and bratwursts, the Barcelona Christmas markets offer the finest artisan cheeses and cured meats as well as seasonal fruit and vegetables.

And of course, let’s not forget…

Liverpool

With a great variety of food as well as events, Liverpool has managed to cram everything you could possible ask for in a Christmas market into their two main locations. Lord Street offers a delicious selection of world cuisine from Polish stews to Turkish confectionaries to Spanish Paella, it truly is a taste of the world. As well as the food markets, there is also an ice festival in Chavasse Park that has an ice rink, rides, a slide, an ice bar and fairground attractions.

Can't go wrong with Polish stew.

An example of the food on offer at Liverpool Christmas markets: polish stew.