Visiting the Christkindlmarket in Chicago IL, has been on my bucket list for a while now and finally I managed to tick it off when I visited for my 30th birthday! For those that haven’t heard of the Christkindlmarket, it’s a German Christmas Market, similar to the Christmas markets that are popular in Europe! It runs from the middle of November until Christmas Eve and is held in Daley Plaza in the Loop District of Downtown Chicago! 2018 was Christkindlmarket Chicago’s 23rd year!
Latvia is a country that surprised me and I quickly fell in love with it. Originally I landed at Riga airport, jumped straight on a train and headed for Sigulda and the bobsled track. On the way home, I had some spare time to kill before my flight home so used it to check out the Riga Christmas Markets. They aren’t huge but they definitely make up for it in personality and setting!
Mention European Christmas Markets and the first things to come into your head are hot wine and sausages. Spain, however, does things a little differently! If you visit Barcelona in December, you’ll be able to experience their Christmas Market which is a little different from the traditional German style Christmas Markets, at the Barcelona Christmas Market there were no signs of food or drink anywhere! Crazily enough, two of the most prominent items on sale revolved around…poop. One of the traditions I’d actually love to continue in my own life, think Elf on the Shelf but Spanish style!