Christmas markets bring spice – especially at night

To get in the holiday spirit, people flock to Christmas markets around the world to enjoy the dazzling shops and stalls, especially at night.

In Canada

Visitors wander the cobblestone streets and admire the 55-foot silver fir Christmas tree in the historic distillery district in Toronto on Thursday evening.

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Many took photos and walked through the new vendor booths under cover of lights.

(Showwei Chu / CBC)

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In Ottawa, a family sits for a photo at the Lansdowne Park Christmas Market on November 29.

(Buntola Nou / CBC)

In Gatineau, Quebec, people browse the annual Christmas market in the Aylmer sector on December 5th.

(Trevor Pritchard / CBC)

In Montreal, shoppers are taking advantage of one of three Christmas markets to open this season after being closed last year due to the pandemic.

(Jean-Claude Taliana / CBC)

In Russia

In Moscow, a Christmas market is organized on Thursday by Saint Basil’s Cathedral on Red Square.

(Maxim Shemetov / Reuters)

Long exposure shows a merry-go-round in front of the Kremlin’s Spasskaya Tower and the cathedral.

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A woman poses for photos at the Red Square Christmas market.

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In Bethlehem

Fireworks light up the sky to mark the lighting of a Christmas tree on December 4 in Manger Square near the Church of the Nativity, as Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank prepares for the season.

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A man dressed as Santa Claus greets those attending the city’s annual Christmas market on December 2.

(Majdi Mohammed / The Associated Press)

In France

Ornaments are on sale at the Christmas market in Colmar, eastern France, on December 7.

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Visitors wear protective masks to comply with COVID-19 rules, as an illuminated model of the Eiffel Tower is seen at a Christmas market at the Tuileries Garden in Paris on November 27.

(Gonzalo Fuentes / Reuters)

In Swiss

A man takes a photo of a sunset at the Christmas market in Montreux, Switzerland on December 6.

(Denis Balibouse / Reuters)

Father Christmas and his reindeer “fly” over Lake Geneva at the Montreux Christmas market.

(Denis Balibouse / Reuters)

In Great Britain

People browse the Trafalgar Square Christmas Market in London on December 4th.

(Henry Nicholls / Reuters)

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Londoners visit a Christmas market on the South Bank on November 21.

(Henry Nicholls / Reuters)

In Germany

Germany’s largest Christmas tree is lit up at the Dortmund Christmas market on December 1.

(Martin Meissner / The Associated Press)

People attend the opening ceremony of a Christmas market in Cologne, Germany on November 22.

(Thilo Schmuelgen / Reuters)

A vendor waits for customers at the Christmas market near the town hall in central Berlin on November 30.

(Markus Schreiber / The Associated Press)

In Belgium

On the Grand-Place in Brussels on November 26, visitors are drawn to the main attraction of the Winter Wonders and the Christmas Market: the giant illuminated Christmas tree.

(Olivier Matthys / The Associated Press)

Two people enjoy hot drinks at the reindeer stand during a visit to the Winter Wonders market.

(Olivier Matthys / The Associated Press)

A girl at the Winter Pleasures Market wears a face mask as she rides Andrea’s Carousel, a French steampunk carousel built in 1999.

(Olivier Matthys / The Associated Press)

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