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The Best Eco Christmas Markets to Visit This Festive Season

Colourful decorations, Christmas music, and spicy cinnamon flavours are what await at Christmas markets across the world. Christmas shopping doesn’t have to mean joylessly battling through department store crowds or trawling the Internet for bargains. Why not combine present-buying with some travel?

But looking at the environmental cost, it’s not great. In fact, research suggests an average 75g of extra waste is created per visitor at a Christmas market – now imagine how much waste that is when you consider a Christmas market in a city like Strasbourg in France, where there are over 10 locations with 300 stalls and approximately 2 million visitors!

The great news is there are many markets around Europe that believe in adhering to sustainable practices. Not sure where to find them?

We decided to create a map of some of the most sustainable Christmas markets that exist across the world offering organic, local and fair trade products which are not made in China and where you can buy without feeling too guilty.

You can view the full interactive map here.

The most eco- friendly Christmas markets are:

The Green Market, Berlin
Christmas Makers Market, London
Art Advent, Vienna
Columbus Circle Holiday Market, NYC
Mercatino Green, Trient, Italy
Bolzano Christmas Market, Italy
Weihnachtsdorf, Zurich
Advent Feast, Budapest
Manchester Christmas Market, UK
Tollwood Christmas Market, Munich

With their tasty foods and handmade gifts, you can be sure that each of these Christmas markets adheres to sustainability guidelines, whether that means there is very little plastic involved or they have a special focus on energy efficient lighting, eco-conscious travellers will find themselves right at home at these Christmas markets.

Which cities will you be visiting to experience festive cheer in an eco-friendly way?

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