It’s less than 6 weeks to go until Christmas Day and the festivities are getting started. A Christmas market makes a great weekend getaway, so pack your warm winter woolies and head off!
There’s so many great markets to choose from, with countless European cities holding their own, but which ones are the best? We’ve done the legwork for you and compiled a list of our top destinations.
The capital of Germany certainly puts on a good show when it comes to their annual markets, often seen as the country's best. Stroll around the magnificently decorated streets, soaking up the festive atmosphere.
Have a go on the fairground rides and don’t forget to sample the culinary delights, such as Frikadellen: a skinless sausage made with onions and dried herbs, and you have to wash it down with a traditional glass of glühwein of course.
Where to stay: Hotel Amano Grand Central
Don’t forget: To take an extra bag to bring back all the gifts you will be swayed by!
With over 20 markets to pick from you really are spoilt for choice, but we think the romantic Christkindlmarkt is the place to be. Set against the backdrop of the beautiful city hall, it has over 150 stalls. With everything from handmade jewellery to irresistible confectionery and tree decorations, you will find the perfect selection of Christmas gifts.
Where to stay: Hotel Altstadt
Don’t forget: Our ‘Lola’ make up bag is large enough to fit in all your essentials for a short weekend away yet small enough to throw in to carry-on baggage.
Most people head straight for the Tivoli Gardens, which offers a magnificent festive experience but there are other markets across the city that are just as fabulous. Try heading down to the picturesque Nyhaven. The subzero temperatures help transform the Harbour into a huge grotto, but remember to wrap and warm! Make sure you don’t forget anything,
Where to stay: Hotel Scandic Copenhagen
Don’t forget: Lip balm! The Copenhagen winds are notoriously icy and no one wants chapped lips.
Who says you have to dig out your passport to visit Europe’s best markets? Hop on the train instead and explore what the northern city has to offer, for just over 5 weeks stallholders from across the EU head over with their traditional festive goods and transform St Anne’s Square into a chalet lined kingdom.
Where to stay: The Midland Hotel
Don’t forget: The Starflower Sage hanging wash bag is perfect for the relaxing spa. It even has a sauna, aromatherapy steam room and an arctic rain shower. Don’t mind if we do!
Set in the majestic Wenceslas Square, the same Wenceslas from the famous festive carol, Prague markets can’t really get any more Christmassy. Only 2 hours away by plane, it’s the perfect destination for a winter weekender!
Where to stay: The President Hotel
Don’t forget: Your camera! This beautiful 5* hotel is located on the banks of the Vltava River, right in the heart of Prague’s old town. You’re going to want to capture it.
Wherever you go, have a wonderful time and don't forget to read our top packing tips beforehand!