Christmas Market breaks

Christmas Market breaks

Christmas is coming! Well, almost…. With only 8 more Fridays until Christmas and Europe’s stunning Christmas markets starting next month, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite Christmas market breaks for 2014. Think snuggling up with a loved one, shopping for beautiful decorations, sipping warm mulled wine and browsing for gifts under the sparkling market lights.

Strasbourg proudly calls itself ‘the capital of Christmas’ and deservedly so. This year’s spectacular market starts on the 28th November and ends on the 31st December, meaning you can squeeze a post-Christmas trip in too. Peruse glittering stalls selling arts, crafts and decorations while the smell of gingerbread and Glühwein (mulled wine) warms the air. The city comes alive with music from choirs and musicians and there is plenty to do other than shop, with shows and workshops for children and exhibitions celebrating the religious, cultural and artistic traditions of Christmas.  LOVELY!

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Arguably the ultimate destination for Christmas market breaks, Berlin beckons with around 60 individual markets for you to delight in.  They start from the 24th November and run through all the way through December, creating weeks of Christmassy magic and excitement. You’ll find outdoor skating rinks, stalls selling all types of crafts and gifts, craftspeople like glass blowers and candle makers peddling their trade, stalls selling delicious treats and so much more. With everywhere lit up beautifully, so many things to see and the smell of hot chocolate, mulled wine and almonds in the air, Berlin is the perfect destination for romantic and family Christmas market breaks.

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Prague promises the perfect Christmas market break with a warm and welcoming ‘winter wonderland’ market. Held in the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, the market comprises lots of beautiful wooden huts filled with colourful gifts, ornaments, jewellery and glassware. Treat yourself to roasted ham straight off the spit, hot and sugary Trdelnik and warm mulled wine. School children come to Prague from all around the Czech Republic to sing carols in the evening, making the atmosphere and festivities even more memorably special.

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Between the 28th November and the 23rd of December Barcelona’s most famous Christmas market, Fira de Santa Llúcia, welcomes hundreds of visitors. Head to the Avinguda de la Catedral for this traditional Spanish market, now in its 288th year. Whilst lacking in the German market charm that many Christmas markets have (so no mulled wine or bratwurst), this market has bags of Catalan character and is steeped in Spanish history. Be sure to pick up your very own Caga Tio, a friendly-faced log that produces treats and gifts on Christmas Eve. The market is split into 4 sections: nativity and Christmas items, plants and greenery, crafts and musical instruments.

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Lille is a great destination for Christmas market breaks, boasting a beautiful Christmas market that will run from the 19th November – 30th December this year. Immerse yourself in the sparkling, glittering charm of 80+ chalets which sell gifts, nativity figures, decorations, delicious festive food and products from nearby countries. Aside from its pretty chalets and stunning 18ft Christmas tree, Lille Christmas market is also very proud of its 50m tall Ferris wheel, spinning majestically at the heart of the market. The views from the wheel are incredible, especially in the evening when all the lights of the market are sparkling below and carols fills the air.

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Vienna plays host to several Christmas markets, some of which date back to the Middle Ages. Steeped in tradition with this beautiful city as a stunning backdrop, the Vienna Christmas markets twinkle and shimmer with an irresistible festive glow. Visit the Viennesse market for hot chestnuts, punch, choir singing and children’s activities such as Christmas cookie making. The smells, sounds and beauty of this market, lit up by the gorgeous City Hall, are a treat for all the senses and will make you feel deliciously Christmassy. The Christmas Village Belvedere Palace is set against the stunning palace backdrop; browse over 40 different festive stalls for culinary treats, handmade gifts and exquisite decorations. Other markets include the Old Viennese Christmas Market on Freyung and the Christmas Market on Karlsplatz.

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*Prices based on 2 adults sharing from 3rd-4th December. Prices correct when checked on 29th October 2014

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