What happens when an Australian family exchanges homes with a Finnish family for the Christmas holiday? It’s a swap of sand and surf for snow and ice, and vice versa, and insight into very different ways of life.

The holidays are here! And so are those cheerful markets that satisfy your every shopping, eating and good mood desires. Here are 12 markets well worth your consideration. By Michele Herrmann Travel souvenirs make great presents, especially during the end-of-year holidays, when you can shop at Christmas markets all around the globe. These annual holiday bazaars are the source of one-of-a-kind gifts, as well as joyful holiday experiences, and promise a cherished memento reminiscent of a location.