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Cancelled Christmas Markets 2020 Vs. Virtual Christmas Markets

With Christmas around the corner, I believe all of you reading this right now are cosy in your pyjamas!

So, let’s revise the checklist before we see what is different about this Christmas.

Well, let’s see… What do we do besides frolicking in the snow and watching our favourite Christmas movie?

Visiting a Virtual Christmas Market! Yes. I did add ‘Virtual’ there, but you know why!

Besides, Christmas Markets 2020 is going to be challenging, considering the health measures we must all follow. Restrictions can be a pain sometimes, but health is wealth. And I know you’d say, ‘Hey, won’t life be dull without some challenges?’

So, I’ll give that to you before introducing you to the list of Virtual Christmas Markets.

One of the Christmas Markets 2020 challenges, as we know, is that there’s news all over the net about cancellations. But the good news is that,

Not all Christmas Markets 2020 are cancelled

It took us a while to filter out this list for you. Why? Because there’s a constant battle between the virus and the government’s decision making.

But here you go;

Salzburg, Austria

One of the most outstanding Christmas Markets with a unique atmosphere!  This Christmas Market has traditional decorations for the Christmas tree and gifts for big and small included. If you are looking for some delectable treats in the form of Austrian specialties, then this Market is for you!

Virtual Christmas Markets - Salzburg, Austria

Bruges, Belgium

Located on the Markt and Simon Stevinplein, in the cosy city centre, this is one of the best destination Christmas markets in Belgium. Ideal for the perfect present shopping varieties of food like home-made hot chocolate, ice-cold jenever, spiced glühwein, cheeses, hearty dishes. It also holds beautiful choral concerts as Christmas feast for your eyes!

Virtual Christmas Markets - Bruges, Belgium

Krakow, Poland

Traditionally starts in the last week of November and lasts through Dec 26. This Christmas Market is best for Poland’s signature smoked cheese and mulled wine! The organizers of the Krakow Christmas market are also famous for beautiful handicrafts. For additional gains from the Market, you should also look for wooden sculptures and paintings on glass!

Virtual Christmas Markets - Krakow, Poland

Stockholm, Sweden

It is a two-in-one destination for your traditional and contemporary needs. Best gingerbread and extraordinary Christmas decorations? Stockholm has it covered for you.

Virtual Christmas Markets - Stockholm, Sweden

Gothenburg, Sweden

The world’s most sustainable destination covering local to international vendors with a touch of Fika culture!

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen Christmas markets mark a break free from the chills of Denmark’s winter, creating a warm vibe!

Seville, Spain

Starting from Dec 5, it lasts through until Jan 5. This epicentre for holiday shopping is a must-visit for the Christmas Holidays 2020! Why? Because of the careful selection of their products creates a special memory for you to take home to your loved ones.

Virtual Christmas Markets - Seville, Spain

Zagreb, Croatia

Held annually from the end of November through the middle of January. This is the best destination for live music performances and unique Christmas decorations! What more besides these is the workshops, community events, and mainly the special Christmas Market attractions. From Ban Jelacic Square to the Maric Passage, Zagreb holds the pride of showcasing unique Christmas Market attractions!

Virtual Christmas Markets - Zagreb, Croatia

These are five of the famous Christmas Markets 2020 we filtered for you. I know you did not see your most-awaited Christmas Markets on the list. We were saddened too. Especially hearing that the most popular Christmas Markets in Germany, like the Nuremberg Christmas Market, are cancelled! But, cheer up! We still have a rainbow amidst this storm. And that is, 

Some popular Virtual Christmas Markets are now live!

Yes!!! From Zoom gatherings to enjoying music festivals virtually, we transformed this lockdown. So, does the virtual Christmas market 2020 surprise you? A bit, maybe. But this is an excellent opportunity for all of us unfortunate to encounter the warmth of actual Christmas Markets.

So, here are some of the most popular virtual Christmas markets 2020 we have picked for your convenience;


The & Christmas Crazy Collaboration!

Two of these most popular Christmas communities have joined hands to bring the traditional Christmas Markets online. Thanks to them! You can now meet your favourite market vendors online. What about live entertainment, food, and drink? This virtual Christmas Market has that covered for you as well!

The Market is said to come online from Nov 14 and be available worldwide until Nov 28. For the vendor list and event schedules, you can check!

As you enjoy this virtual Christmas market, you might as well want to check out the next best,

Christkindlmarket 2020!

Chicago’s virtual Christmas market 2020!! What’s so appealing about this particular virtual Market is that it gives you a unique German atmosphere as you shop through for your favourite pretzels and wine. They have also included music to keep you entertained throughout! This virtual Christmas market is open from Nov 1 – Dec 31 worldwide. What I must not forget to mention here is that it is exceptionally children-friendly! Yes, Christkindlmarket has opportunities for your children to participate in Kinder club activities. So, you need not worry about finding alternatives to keep them engaged as you shop.

I know the Christkindlmarket would be an all-inclusive virtual Christmas market, but if you need more, then check out,

THW Online Christmas Fair 2020

Praised as ‘One of Britain’s best [virtual] Christmas Markets’ by the Guardian, this is another extraordinary virtual Christmas market!

I personally believe this would be the best place for you to shop for your textiles, ceramics, jewellery, prints, handmade cosmetics! Additionally, this is where you can get the candles, stationery, and homeware from some of the UK’s most talented designers. And being able to shop all of this from the comfort of your homes? It’s going to be a fantastic experience!

This virtual Christmas market though will only be open from Dec 4 to Dec 6.

These are the top three virtual Christmas markets 2020 that we found for you. If you think we have missed out on any, please feel free to let us know in the comments below.

Virtual Christmas Markets

I hope you all found the best alternatives from this article to replace the cancelled Christmas markets 2020!  If you haven’t, then you should check out our article on the list of places you can still visit to conclude your holidays in December!

Either way, make sure to call one of our travel experts to confirm any sudden cancellation news of the destination included.

Happy Holidaying!


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