The World's Best Christmas Markets (PHOTOS)

11/30/2010 08:11 am ET | Updated Sep 17, 2012

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!

World's Best Christmas Markets