Christmas markets are the perfect way to get into the spirit of the festive season. There is something about the atmosphere at Christmas markets; with their 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.
If you’re looking to save money, then why not book ahead? Great Christmas market holiday deals are now available for 2020.
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Christmas shopping doesn't have to mean joylessly battling through department store crowds. Why not combine present-buying with some travel and see more this Christmas?
Our top 5 Christmas markets around the world make great destinations for traditional gifts, glasses of glühwein and that unbeatable festive feeling. Here's our top picks from our Travel Experts!
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Turning your trip to a Christmas or German market into a holiday will give you the opportunity to relax and explore the cities and towns too. From popular Christmas cruises to Belgium to a few nights in a city hotel or a trip to Lapland – it will make Christmas time even more magical.
If you’d like to book your Christmas market break with us, you can give us a call and tell us which of the deals on our website you’re interested in. If none of our online deals appeal to you, you can just tell us what kind of Christmas market holiday you’re looking for, and we’ll take care of the rest.
Co-op Travel offers a number of Christmas cruises and packages over the festive period. We can also tailor an itinerary for your perfect Christmas holiday – call us on 01922 234400 to book today.
The winter season is the most beautiful time to enjoy some of Europe’s best Christmas markets. The UK now has a number of European-themed Advent events with Edinburgh topping the list, filling the senses with all things festive. Why not venture a little further to Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland or Prague by aeroplane or on a Christmas cruise to immerse yourself completely.
Where to find the best Christmas markets
Most large European cities boast impressive Christmas markets, although the German Christmas markets are perhaps some of the most famous and most authentic, they shy away from the commercialism that seems to overwhelm so many shops as December 25th draws near. Some of the most popular German Christmas market sites are those in Berlin, Cologne and Dusseldorf, where visitors can pick up handcrafted items.
Why not combine a visit to a Christmas market with the experience of visiting a new city, especially when everywhere looks even more beautiful in the festive season? Prague has a great Christmas market and is a truly beautiful city, well worth a visit any time of the year, but even more so at Christmas.
Christmas and German markets in the UK
For those who would prefer to stay a little closer to home, the Manchester Christmas market offers a very lively atmosphere, nestling in 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 Birmingham, Leeds, Bath and York, each of which offers their 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.
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