Imagine this, nearby mountain tops that occupy the skyline, twinkling fairy lights hanging from wooden chalets and roasted fire chestnuts. Tempted? Our luxurious Christmas market breaks will not only place you in the heart of Europe’s most prestigious festive celebrations, but will also guarantee an unforgettable stay in some state-of – the-art city hotels.
Just a click away from the iconic Rockefeller tree lighting ceremony in New York or the horse and carriage rides in Prague, not to note the 70 markets in Berlin! Tis the donor season, that’s why our exclusive offers come with huge savings and exciting perks. But be quick, it’s not going to be long these winter wonderland getaways.
This German capital is home to one of the best Christmas markets in the world, Weihnachtszauber Gendarmenmarkt. Attracting more than 600,000 visitors a year with its Charles Dickens’ Ghost of Christmas Past theme, expect stalls overflowing with mince pies and hot chocolates.
There’s even a toboggan run on extra frosty days and handcrafted gift vendors for stocking-stuffers. Other must-visits include Weihnachtsrummel on Landsberger Allee with its stand-out funfair and Berliner Weihnachtszeit at Roten Rathaus, the oldest of its kind.
With famous movies such as Elf, Home Alone 2 and Miracle on 34th Street all filmed in the city that never sleeps, it’s only appropriate that New York is named a top Christmas destination. Sprawling over Manhattan and Brooklyn there’s iglu domes, ice skating rinks, bumper cars and live music, all hidden away beneath major skyscrapers such as the One World Trade Centre and Empire State Building.
Follow the sweet scent of warm cookies to Bryant Park’s Winter Village where over 100 stalls await, alternatively visit the longest-running market in Grand Central Station and let the kids meet Santa.
Delve deep into local traditions with a Christmas Market break to Prague from its ham roasting over spit fire to the gingerbread houses and folk groups. Old Town Square is where the action is at with its enchanting Church of Our Lady and the City Hall Clock sitting proudly in the backdrop.
Tiny tots can enjoy pony rides at the petting zoo, while adults sip mulled wine and at the centre stage witness a showstopping performance from the choir. Foodies need to check out Wenceslas Square for salty potato pancakes and barbecued sausages. But its real charms lie in its custom made glass ornaments.
There’s only one market in Krakow, but it transforms the city into a winter paradise with over 80 kiosks decked out with tinsel and wreaths. Constantly breaking records, Market Square Christmas Fair is the oldest Christmas spot in Poland and one of the biggest Europe.
Pick up one-off items from embroidered textiles to traditional Polish pottery, you’re bound to find some fantastic gifts for your loved ones back home. But nothing is more satisfactory than trying the local fare, the cheese here is oscypek, which is prepared from sheep’s milk and has a distinct smoky flavour, while its grilled meats are just as popular – the aromas alone will lure you in.
Just a short flight from the UK, let the Christmas festivities begin immediately. The markets here start early in mid-November allowing you to pick up some bargain presents. However, the Winter Parade is more than just stalls of goodies, this parade-style celebration has a pop-up cinema with seasonal movies, an illuminated ferris wheel and outdoor hot tubs.
Fashionistas will get their fix at Funky Xmas Market thanks to its Vogue designers, while over at Ice Village there’s a huge rink accessorised with crackling fire pits and eggnog spots.
Christmas markets in Vienna are an age-old tradition with festive celebrations dating back to the Middle Ages. Nowadays, there are over 20 advent markets and the front-runner is Viennese Dream next to the City Hall, its desirable backdrop sets the magical tone and inside there’s a dedicated area for children, where they can learn how to bake cookies.
Belvedere Palace also has its fair share of delights including Baroque-inspired crafts, and for hot punch and vanillekipferl (Austrian biscuits) head to Schönbrunn Palace.
With markets spread over 23 districts, there’s no shortage of candy canes, hot cider, and mistletoe. But the most popular are based in Vörösmarty and St Stephen’s Square, opening as early as the 9th November.
You can’t miss the market in one of Hungary’s largest churches St. Stephen’s Basilica either, its evening light show will captivate and the local kürtöskalács (chimney cake) is a must-try. Varkert Bazaar Advent Fair is another for your calendar, located on the stunning Castle Hill wander huts of handmade jewelry while listening to live music.