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The World's Best Christmas Markets (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 11/30/2010 7:11 am   Updated: 09/17/2012 2:04 pm

With Thanksgiving past, we are now thankful that we're officially allowed to daydream about and plan for the holiday season ahead. Whatever the holiday tradition you're looking forward to, gift-giving is likely to be a part of it. Think of these photos of some of the biggest and best Christmas markets around the world as a prelude to your own local holiday markets. Though we'd be lying if we said we weren't tempted to hop on a plane to Germany's original Weihnachtsmärkte too.

Whether global or local, what are your favorite Christmas/Holiday markets? Send us your photos and thoughts!

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  • Dresden, Germany

  • Stockholm, Sweden

  • Nuremburg, Germany

  • Chicago

  • Rīga, Latvia

  • Munich, Germany

  • Tallinn, Estonia

  • Manchester, England

  • Brussels, Belgium

  • Lincoln, England

  • Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Salzburg, Austria

  • Prague, Czech Republic

  • Vienna, Austria

  • Strasbourg, France

  • Basel, Switzerland

  • Esslingen Germany

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Flyingwatercs"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Flyingwatercs">Flyingwatercs</a>:<br />Giant pyramid at the Esslingen, Germany Weinachtsmarkt.

  • Heidelberg, Germany

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/StacyAC"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/StacyAC">StacyAC</a>:<br />Christmas Market in Heidelberg, 2008

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