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Holiday Guide to stress-free shopping at Christmas Markets

Hello lovelies,

How are my precious followers today? I hope this post finds you sipping hot chocolate or cozying up to watch a great Christmas movie to commiserate the holiday season.

I can’t deny that I love shopping and better yet I love holiday shopping. I love gifting someone with something I hope they will love and cherish for the rest of their days. Christmas for me provides the perfect time to celebrate my loved ones while giving myself some retail cardio.  And there is no better place to get value for buck while getting exposed to amazing local artisans than at a Christmas market.


Christmas markets have been a Jamaican tradition for as long as I can remember. As a child, the Grand Market experience was a Christmas MUST every year. The pretty lights, Christmas carols and festive music blaring through the street, Christmas cake and sorrel to the belly’s delight, the people, the camaraderie; it was quite a delight for the senses to soak up the festive atmosphere.

Over the years, the Christmas market tradition has expanded and surpassed expectations by having multiple festive markets during the holiday season, all leading up to the main event of Grand Market. So you know what that means…. more markets, more shopping and more choices for amazing gifts. Now don’t get me wrong I know Christmas is not about gifts and presents, but I do love trying to make everyone’s shopping even better.


From food and drink to hand crafted toys, tree decorations, candles and lambskin shoes, the stalls in Europe’s Christmas markets offer something for everyone. Here’s your guide to the best Christmas markets in the world – and what to do once the shopping is done.



From all the shops and stores on the island of Jamaica, 10Best narrows the options to those places with best values, variety, and quality items including several duty-free destinations and markets with numerous vendors. We deliver a carefully vetted selection to let you explore Jamaica shopping on your own. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of Jamaica that you just can’t miss.

Handmade crafts like wood carvings, jewelery, and straw bags and hats can be found in several outdoor markets like the Old Fort Craft Market (housed in a 17th Century building), and Island Village in Ocho Rios. Souvenirs shops abound that sell Jamaican rum, spices, Blue Mountain coffee, t-shirts, and Bob Marley memorabilia. Try Things Jamaican, the Taj Mahal, or Half-Moon Shopping Center for that special item to take home with you.

For art lovers, several galleries are housed in a unique setting such as the Devon House gallery in a historic mansion and Ahhh Ras Natango, a cliff-side gallery with stunning views and spectacular gardens.

If time is really tight, though, and you don’t have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our best shopping list for Jamaica. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten.


Celebrating Christmas in the Caribbean:The Greater Antilles & Lucayan Region

Southside’s guide to Christmas markets and fairs

What’s it like in Jamaica in December


5 thoughts on “Holiday Guide to stress-free shopping at Christmas Markets

  1. Now that’s something I have not’s experienced yet a foreign market during the holidays and sounds very interesting thank you so much for this article I truly enjoyed reading it

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