Top 10 Greatest Places to Go Christmas Shopping

Top 10 Greatest Places to Go Christmas Shopping

The most awaited time of the year is the busiest season for the retailers. While for the rest of us it is a good excuse to go shopping. Here are our ten choices of the best destinations to go Christmas shopping. What do you think?

10. Stockholm, Sweden

Those who love Scandinavian style and design, will be pleased to find numerous boutiques and furniture stores. Of course the biggest Ikea store in the world is an attraction on its own, offering a wide range of products.

Why to go there?

Try some traditional specialties like glögg and ginger bread in the Christmas markets of beautiful Stockholm.

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9. Copenhagen, Denmark

The hip city is a perfect blend of Scandinavian cosiness and contemporary urban living. Christmas is being celebrated here with thousands of sparking lights, mulled wine, amusement parks and delicacies – the town turns into a winter wonderland. Find a variety of shops in Strøget – the longest pedestrian street in Europe!

Why to go there?

Also discover the quirky Christmas markets in Christiania – the exciting neighborhood in the city.

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8. Dublin, Ireland

The city is known for having a quite tempestuous nightlife – its hundreds of pubs attract visitors from all around the world. Meanwhile during Christmas the urban life becomes even more busy and lively. Famous international brands line up in Grafton Street and Henry Street, while Christmas market is being hosted at Temple Bar.

Why to go there?

Discover the festive mood of always vibrant Dublin, that definitely knows how to have fun and is hospitable to its guests.

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7. Vienna, Austria

Elegant and romantic, the city of Vienna celebrates Christmas with such grace. The opulent buildings are decorated with sparking lights, making them look even more magnificent. There are entire pedestrian zones with shops, that sell luxurious goods, works of art, antiques and more.

Why to go there?

Besides the stores, Viennese Christmas markets are among the most favorite in Europe and offer a wide range of festive specialties.

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6. Milan, Italy

The capital of fashion is ahead of the times and attracts fashionistas from all around the world. In the shopping district you will find the boutiques of nearly every Italian fashion house available. This is the world-famous fashion hot spot!

Why to go there?

Besides the wonderful fancy shops, discover the beautiful architecture and the most famous piece – Milan Cathedral – all sparkling and Christmassy.

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5. Munich, Germany

The Bavarian capital won’t let down the pickiest shopper. Many streets, boulevards and squares are dedicated to shops, cafes and restaurants, all huddled in the center, making it easy to navigate. And of course Germany is the motherland of Christmas markets – discover them in Munich, which boast a big variety of stalls, that offer the best German delicacies.

Why to go there?

Opt for German quality and Christmas markets in Munich, situated in Bavaria – the most beautiful region of the country.

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4. Paris, France

Galeries Lafayette – one of the most famous shopping centers in Western Europe – was opened in 1895 by Théophile Bader. The business quickly took off and today it is the most successful department store. The impressive 10-story building is located in 40 Boulevard Haussmann.

Why to go there?

Besides the impressive assortment, the store really pays a lot of attention to Christmas decorations. Its Christmas tree always makes it to the top of the lists ranking the best of the best.

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3. Tokyo, Japan

Although not a Christian nation, Japanese however love Christmas! The most eastern country is always ahead of our times, so you can find the most recent technological innovations here and surprise your loved ones by purchasing something truly unique and never seen before!

Why to go there?

The entire city and especially the shops put up gorgeous Christmas trees and festive decorations, creating a mesmerizing experience.

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2. NYC, USA

Big Apple attracts visitors all year round of course, but in December it becomes especially festive and romantic. Thousands of colorful lights shimmer in the streets, Christmas music is playing on every corner, a million shopping centers and dining opportunities make it one of the best holiday destinations.

Where to go?

Among hundreds of various stores Bloomingdales, Sak’s 5th Avenue and Macy’s are among the largest and most popular.

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1. London, England

There are some world famous department stores in London – one of the best places to go shopping. Harrods in Knightsbridge offers variety of goods since 1834. Find more luxurious garment in the West End at Liberty’s. Selfridges is the second biggest store after Harrods, opened in 1909 in Oxford Street, often called the world’s best department store. Not to mention the boutiques and markets – there are plenty of those in London.

Why to go there?

The stores are open 7 days a week and the assortment is so vast, that you will find something for the pickiest loved ones.

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