Chritmas market, Livigno, Italy

There is a typical tradition of the Alps for the Christmas period that are the famous markets. One of the most known and visited is that one of Livigno where each year a village of wooden houses is set up near the site of the church of Santa Maria Nascente, it is right at the entrance of the pedestrian area. Each house has several gift options for Christmas time, the most typical objects are those in wood, you can buy even statuettes for your creche directly to craftsmen. The market also has a part where you can try different gastronomic products of the region such as apple fritters, hot wine, roasted chestnuts, typical Valtellina desserts, etc. And of course, Santa Claus is present.

Tips

This year, the market is open from 6th to 23rd December. Check the schedule on their website as they are variable.
You can arrive by car or train, but also with several trips provided by tourism agencies from different cities; sometimes these are day trips, sometimes you can do a 3-4 day to visit the market, skiing, going to the spa or take a short vacation.

Straw Market, Nassau, Bahamas

The Straw Market is a large handicraft market located on Bay Street in downtown Nassau, Bahamas. You will find many merchants selling their products, many of which will make the items you want to buy in front of your eyes. You have a large selection of crafts such as straw or wood objects, jewelry made of shellfish and coconut and also t-shirts souvenirs among other items. The atmosphere is very lively and colorful and the people are very smiling and welcoming. The market is open every day and the opening hours vary according to the merchants. It is the favorite of tourists making a cruise stopover in Nassau and it is close to the port.

Tips

You can always shop for the price of items you want to buy, merchants are used to trading.

To avoid crowds, it’s best to visit early in the morning or late afternoon.

If you find an article that you like but it is not exactly how you would like it, it’s just to tell the merchant because many times, the kiosk is held by the same craftsman and it will be a pleasure to him to arrange the object to your taste.

Bring cash to buy, US dollar is accepted without any problem.

Christmas and traditions Market, Longueuil, Quebec

The Christmas and traditions Market in Longueuil is in its 12th edition. Like every year, it will be at St. Mark Park on St. Charles Street in Old Longueuil. The market makes us remember a small village of yesteryear, where many exhibitors booths, seem small illuminated houses. Here you will find producers and artisans from all over the province. It is an ideal place to visit with friends or family to buy your gifts for Christmas Eve. There are several activities such as the Small train of the North, workshops for children, the sale of Christmas trees, singing, music, dance, humor, and more. Of course Santa Claus is present to receive your children who will love to talk to him while you take photos. An appointment not to be missed, go in large numbers !!!

Tips

The market takes place from November, 30th  to December, 22nd 2018. It is open from Thursday to Sunday.  To know about the schedule,  go to their web site.
The Old Longueuil joins this event so enjoy for a little walk around the market, to have something in a restaurant or cafe. The houses are also embellished.
You can go to Longueuil metro station and take a bus from there (there are 4 lines) or walk twenty minutes as the park is 1.7 km from the metro station.