Christmas Market breaks
Christmas markets are the perfect way to get into the spirit of the festive season and embrace the feeling of good cheer that comes with this time of year. There is something about the atmosphere at these delightfully enchanting selections of stalls that somehow manages to whisk people away from everyday life and transport them to a world of warming mulled wine, delicious sweet treats and pleasing arts and crafts from around the world.
Most large European cities boast impressive Christmas markets, although the German Christmas markets are perhaps some of the most famous and most authentic, shying away from the commercialism that seems to overwhelm so many shops as December 25th draws near. Some of the most popular sites are those in Berlin, Cologne and Dusseldorf, where visitors can pick up handcrafted items to hang on their tree when they return home.
For those who would prefer to stay a little closer to home, the Manchester Christmas market offers a very lively atmosphere, nestling the square beneath the city’s impressive town hall. Both local and European traders set up shop under the traditional chalet-inspired stalls and their voices ring out over the hustle and bustle of visitors as they sell cheeses, meats, Christmas chutneys and sweets. Hot food and mulled wine are also available, while the large covered bar is perfect for a catch up with friends over some delicious European beer after work.
Some of the best Christmas markets in Britain can be found in Leeds, Bath and York, each of which offers its own charm and appeal to those who want to find a few unique gifts for their loved ones, or simply stroll around and soak up the atmosphere on a chilly December evening.
As the countdown to the big day begins, there is simply no better way to get into the festive spirit than wandering around the xmas markets with a mug of tasty mulled wine.