Your Guide to Asia’s Best Christmas Markets Of 2017

Soak up the yuletide spirit with illuminated light displays, shopping fests, and festive eats.

Singapore

Photo: Christmas Wonderland Festive Market

1. Christmas Wonderland Festive Market

In sunny Singapore, the next best thing to a winter wonderland is Christmas Wonderland, an annual yuletide fair held at Gardens by the Bay. Happening from December 1 to 26, the festival is jam-packed with carnival games, curated festival performances, as well as a full-fledged shopping and dining experience. The highlight is a marketplace set in quaint wooden huts, where visitors can shop for crafty products sold by independent designers.

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2. Endless Wonder—Christmas on A Great Street

The famed shopping district of Orchard Road in Singapore is also a great place for soaking up the festive atmosphere. From November 11, 2017 to January 1, 2018, the streets will be lined with dazzling lights illuminating a duplex pop-up and other attractions. Participating brands include SK-II, Haagen Dazs, Casio, Tiffany & Co Fragrances, Fuchsia Creative, and more; all located between Wisma Atria and Mandarin Gallery.

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Hong Kong

Photo: Christmas Gift Festival

3. Christmas Gift Festival

Held in The Conrad for the third time this season on December 10, the Prestige Events shopping fair is a gifting extravaganza with pop-up stalls and gourmet food booths. Visitors will be spoilt for choice by hand-crafted stationery from ditto ditto, luxurious delicacies from Petrossian, festive tableware, tasty sweet treats, and unique gifts. Plus, take a shopping break and enjoy 15 percent off your lunch or afternoon tea at the Lobby Lounge.

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4. Christmas Southside Market and Long Lunch

The popular Butchers Club Southside Market returns for a special Christmas edition this season on December 3, where guests can indulge in a delightful lunch alongside some shopping. Browse the variety of stalls and pick up cookbooks, kitchenware, and even Butchers Club-branded aprons. To enjoy free-flow wine, beer and soft drinks, simply top up a small fee.

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Japan

Photo: Tokyo Christmas Market

5. Tokyo Christmas Market

Usher in the festive spirit from December 16 to 25 at Hibiya Park’s Tokyo Christmas Market, which is inspired by European Christmas fairs. Highlights include a 14-meter high Christmas tower, traditional yuletide wine, sweets, sale of festive ornaments, as well as live performances and fun workshops for the whole family to participate in.

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6. German Christmas Market

Held annually in Sapporo since 2002, the German Christmas Market marks the sister-city ties with Munich, Germany. This year from November 25 to December 24, visitors can feast their eyes on a month-long display of Christmas lights and tuck into hot wine and German food at Odori Park. Also on sale are commemorative mug designs. Other highlights include outdoor concerts, workshops, and gifts from Santa himself.

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Taiwan

Photo: Christmasland in New Taipei City

7. Christmasland in New Taipei City

Set in Xinban Special District, Christmasland in New Taipei City is a sprawling festive playground for visitors of all ages, happening from November 24, 2017 to January 1, 2018. Visitors can stroll under illuminated Christmas trees and join in the many yuletide activities on the grounds. Not-to-be-missed events include the Christmas market, an environmentally-friendly Christmas-themed treasure hunt, and folk music concerts.

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Hong Kong

Photo: Hong Kong Winterfest

8. Hong Kong Winterfest

Watch as Hong Kong’s skyline shines brighter than usual for its annual Winterfest from December 1, 2017 to January 1, 2018. Visitors can soak up the festivities under the iconic Statue Square Christmas Tree and catch two dazzling multimedia shows— A Symphony of Lights and the Hong Kong Pulse Light Show. Aside from that, savor festive menu items and shop for Christmas gifts at special offers.

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Jakarta

9. Christkindl-Markt

On December 2, the German speaking community in Jakarta will be holding its annual Christmas Market. Visitors will be able to taste authentic foods from Germany, Switzerland, and Austria such as leberkäse (pork loaf), roasts, slow-cooked red cabbage, sauerkraut, pretzels, and sausages, as well as mulled wine and other beverages. Plus, vendors will be selling Christmas wreaths and decorations.

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