Christmas markets date back to medieval times, when farmers started selling seasonal crops at the Main Market Square in Nuremberg, Bavaria. By the mid-18th century, a list of 140 German vendors sold their wares at the annual Christkindlmarket and markets began popping up in a multitude of European places, plazas and piazzas. Today, market aficionados head to nearby cities, fly to far-away destinations or take river cruises to stroll, shop, enjoy live music and sample mulled wine, gingerbread and a plethora of holiday treats.
Families who love being fully wrapped up in new surroundings can put a fun spin on exploring by choosing a hotel that offers the opportunity to participate in a self-guided scavenger or treasure hunt. Along the way, discover fun details about your destination that you might have otherwise missed.
If you’re the family that’s already listening to holiday music, finding gingerbread recipes, planning seasonally themed festivities and excitedly talking about Christmas — you’re in luck, Disneyland is also one of “those” families.
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The National Museum of American Jewish History showcases a special exhibition based on a book of the same name: “Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”