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Go Deutsch in Osaka
Celebrating Christmas in Japan, but also wanting that European yuletide market experience? You’re just in time for the German Christmas Market (until Dec 25), an annual winter fest held by the prominent Umeda Sky Building. Get cozy at pop-up wooden huts — enjoy mulled wine and German sausages and shop for gingerbread cookies, handicrafts and festive ornaments — go for a ride on an antique carousel and don’t forget to snap a commemorative shot with the market’s centerpiece: a towering 27m-tall Christmas tree. skybldg.co.jp
Bright lights, big city
In Singapore for the holidays? Check out the returning Christmas Wonderland (until Dec 26) event held at the futuristic Gardens by the Bay. This year’s edition features a maze made up of “Luminarie” light sculptures, an attraction called Santa’s Grotto and Slice of Savour, a mini food festival. Be sure to stay for the headlining The Magic of Rob Lake illusionist act. christmaswonderland.sg
Grand designs Down Under
Wrap up your Australian holiday with some souvenir and Christmas gift shopping at the Big Design Market in Melbourne (until Dec 2 at the Royal Exhibition Building) and Sydney (Dec 7–9 at the Royal Hall of Industries). At both markets, browse over 200 stalls offering locally made accessories, homeware items, food and drink. Don’t forget to grab one of those coveted showbags filled with design goodies (A$25; only 300 pieces a day). thebigdesign
This article first appeared in the December 2018 issue of Smile magazine.