- Nuremberg, Germany: The city hosts a Christkindlesmarkt, which Scully says is “one of the most extraordinary holiday markets in Europe.” According to the market, the city’s Christmas festival is one of the oldest in Europe, dating back to the mid 16th century. Visitors will be able to enjoy food, shopping, drinks and souvenirs. “If you couldn’t get in a good mood there, you’re not going to get in a good mood,” Scully says.
2. Nantucket, Massachusetts: For those staying in the United States, Scully says the Nantucket Christmas Stroll is a famous event. The stroll runs from December 1 to 3, and it was originally designed to keep people on the island when doing their holiday shopping, according to the festival website. The streets are lined with hundreds of illuminated seven-foot holiday trees, and participants can enjoy live entertainment, tours, dining, craft shows and more. Santa and Mrs. Claus even make a visit and arrive by the Coast Guard Cutter to meet with children.
3. Munich, Germany: For another enormous holiday market in Germany, Scully suggests heading to the Munich Christmas Market. She notes that the festival is filled with homemade trinkets and wooden toys, and visitors can also enjoy looking at massive holiday trees and the Glockenspiel. And of course, you “can’t have a dinner without some wiener schnitzel,” Scully says. When she visited the market, Scully says she purchased a handmade carved chess set for her grandson. “It’s not just going to these beautiful towns,” Scully adds. “It’s the arts and the culture you get to not only share with locals, but you also get to bring some of that home with you, if you want.”
4. Laguna Beach, California: If you’re looking for warmer weather during the holiday season, Scully says Laguna Beach offers great holiday activities. Visitors can enjoy an array of attractions, including a boat parade cruise, pancakes with Santa and holiday shows.
5. Vienna, Austria: If you’re heading to Austria, Scully suggests the Vienna Christmas Market as another great option. According to the market, there are 154 booths attendees can visit during the festivals operating days, which are November 17 until December 26. “All the markets have their own sense of the home of the city that they’re in because the culture and things they love. She adds that Vienna’s tie to music shines through at this holiday market.