Christmas Markets

 

With their twinkling lights, colourful stalls, festive flavours and the seductive smell of warming Glühwein, it is easy to understand why Christmas markets remain so very popular. A short break provides the perfect opportunity to buy unusual gifts whilst experiencing local cultures; Christmas tales and traditions; festive music and local cuisine. This carefully selected choice of destinations provides options both close to home or in the traditional market heartlands of central Europe, where Christmas markets have been an annual event since the middle ages.

Wide choice of destinations • Only a small selection featured here • Call to discuss your requirements

Manchester

Manchester is a city transformed during the festive period, offering visitors a selection of themed markets throughout its bustling streets. The award-winning markets are the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit with their amazing selection of food, drink and gifts.

3 day tour Includes 2 nights half board in 4 star accommodation.

Winchester

The Cathedral Christmas Market is renowned for its wonderful location, high quality exhibitors, gifts, decorations and festive foods. Inspired by traditional German Christmas Markets, the pretty wooden chalets are situated in the historic inner close surrounding a real ice rink.

3 day tour Includes 2 nights half board in 4 star accommodation.

Edinburgh

Stallholders based in Frankfurt bring a taste of medieval times to the city, with gifts, food and drink including: sausages, fried potato cakes, pancakes, German beer and Glühwein. Christmas fairs, an ice rink and traditional highland activities complete the city’s festive fun.

3 day tour Includes 2 nights half board in 4 star accommodation.

Lincoln

The UK’s oldest Christmas Market, now has over 250 stalls offering a treasure trove of local goods and German crafts, food and drink from its twin town Neustadt. The perfect backdrop for this traditional festive event is the magnificent gothic cathedral and Norman castle.

3 day tour Includes 2 nights half board in 4 star accommodation.

Cologne

Roman heritage and Germany’s most visited city provides the backdrop to six Christmas markets, each with a distinct character. The most impressive of these is held at Cologne Cathedral. An enormous Christmas tree and live music leave visitors awestruck and inspired.

4 day tour Includes return short Channel ferry crossing and 3 nights half board in 4 star accommodation.

Brussels

The Baroque facades and the Town Hall in the Grand Place are illuminated and festooned with garlands. This Christmas Market is a gourmet’s delight, with over 200 stalls, an ice rink and other attractions and activities stretching for two kilometers to the stock exchange on Place St. Catherine beyond.

4 day tour Includes return short Channel ferry crossing and 3 nights half board in 4 star accommodation.

Krakow

Distinctive stalls housed inside giant wooden barrels make Krakow’s Christmas Market, something special. Sellers provide local crafts, mulled wine, sausages and fried highland cheese. The scene is complemented by the setting, one of the largest medieval squares in Europe.

4 day tour Includes Scheduled flights from the UK and and 3 nights half board in 4 star accommodation.

Prague

In a city designed for Christmas, the main markets are in Old Town Square and the evocative, Wenceslas Square. More markets are dotted amongst the smaller squares of the older parts of the town. Warm wine, corn on the cob and sausages sit side by side with traditional gifts.

4 day tour Includes Scheduled flights from the UK and and 3 nights half board in 4 star accommodation.

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