The Stellenbosch Slow Market hosts a Christmas market that is renowned far and wide. This Christmas market has been ranked among the top 50 in the world by Big Travel 7 snagging the number 5 spot on the list.
Big Travel 7 has released their official list of the world’s top 50 Christmas Markets. These rankings are determined by the following factors:
- Variety of vendors
- Local traditions
- Reader suggestions
The Stellenbosch Slow Market is not the only local market that made the cut, the Franschhoek Village Christmas Market appeared at number 39 on the list as well.
The top 5 Christmas markets across the world include:
1. Christkindlmarkt – Leavenworth, Washington, USA
Leavenworth is a Bavarian-styled village in the Cascade Mountains. Every winter the “Village of Lights” comes alive during the holidays for a unique winter experience. There’s Alpine lodge buildings and hotels, Christmas markets and Bavarian beer and food.
2. Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market – Birmingham, England
It’s one of the biggest German Christmas markets outside of Germany. The market hosts an ornate carousel, a chance to listen to traditional carols and Christmas songs, and hosts over 80 beautiful wooden stalls.
3. Zagreb Advent – Zagreb, Croatia
This beautiful market has consistently been voted the best Christmas market in Europe. The whole city is taken over by a Christmas spirit, with an outdoor ice rink, lots of trees and lights, as well as rides for the kids.
4. Christmas Village Belvedere Palace – Vienna, Austria
The streets are filled with the aromas of roasting chestnuts and the bars do a brisk trade in alcoholic punch and beer. Vienna is such a beautiful city and the historical backdrop and lights only brighten things up further, making it a stunning place to walk around.
5. Stellenbosch Slow Market – Stellenbosch, South Africa
This fantastic local market celebrates artisan crafts and food all year round, but their annual Christmas fest is a must visit. There’s all sorts of goodies to browse, such as Gingerbread houses, artisan home décor, 100% raw organic chocolate, Biltong, and German Christmas biscuits.
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