Christmas is getting ever closer and there’s no better way to get in the seasonal spirit than by hitting the festive markets. Although the UK serves up some great festive markets, for the very best experience it pays to travel further afield.
So, if you’re after a pre-Christmas getaway, full of colour, fun and excitement, and with plenty of opportunities to eat, drink and shop, why not take a look at some of the fantastic festive markets you can visit, both near and far.
The Bavarians know how to party – (see Oktoberfest for reference), but their Christmas Market packs a punch as well.
The nearby Neuhauser Strasse is home to a mightily impressive nativity scene, in what is Germany’s largest manger market, while Theresienwiese (also home of Oktoberfest) transforms into a giant festival of circus acts, winter gastronomy and all things Christmassy in the giant tents.
After enjoying the seasonal sights and shopping experience you can reward yourself with a currywurst – a steamed and fried sausage covered in spiced ketchup, a dish which originated in the city.
For a festive city break that offers great markets and a 24/7 lifestyle, look no further than Berlin.
What better time to visit the city of lights and love than at Christmas?
Do as the Parisians do by drinking mulled wine and feasting on beautiful meats and cheeses.
If you’ve been holding off on a trip to this wonderful city, make Christmas the time to go.
With the historic Grand Place as the focal point, any of the avenues surrounding the central square will lead you to festive fun.
Don’t forget to pick up some delightful Belgium chocolates and make sure you sample the irresistible fries (frites) and mayo.
Great Christmas markets? Czech!
Here you can roam around checking out the local handicrafts, souvenirs and tree decorations, all while devouring the roasted ham and sausages on offer.
Watch as the busy transport hub of Grand Central Station is transformed into a holiday fair, with gifts, decorations, food, drink and much, much more on the menu
Alternatively, get your skates on and head to Bryan Park, which boasts an ice-skating rink, a large tree and plenty of stalls with vendors from all around the world.