Christmas Market Breaks
Kick your festive cheer into gear with a magical Christmas market break. Need inspiration? We’ve done the legwork for you, so all you have to do is write your wish list! Check out our guide to the best Christmas markets in the UK and Europe this winter.
From 18th November until 23rd December
The fabulous City Hall gardens are transformed into a stunning continental village each year for the Belfast Christmas Market. Complete with gift and food stalls, bars, entertainment and Santa’s Grotto, you’ll discover a kaleidoscope of yuletide sights, sounds and smells.
Gendarmenmarkt: From 25th November to 31st December
Alexanderplatz market: From 25th November to 1st January
The Christmas market at Gendarmenmarkt is a Berlin institution offering traditional gifts and delicious festive food. Watch belt makers, wood carvers and tailors creating their wares. The Alexanderplatz market is also a family favourite complete with rides and an ice rink.
From 16th November to 24th December
The largest authentic German Christmas market outside of Germany comes to Birmingham, bringing with it a Victorian carousel and over 100 stalls selling handcrafted gifts. With the pretzels, bratwurst and the gluhwein flowing, this market is one of the liveliest and most popular around.
From 23rd November to 30th December.
Embark on a magical winter trail as one of Germany’s most beautiful Christmas markets casts a spell on Düsseldorf’s historic old town. Spread across seven locations, all within easy walking distance of each other, the Christmas villages each have a different creative theme.
From 17th November to 7th January
Enchanting at any time of the year, Edinburgh gets an extra dusting of magic during the 6-week event that is Edinburgh’s Christmas. You’ll find all the charming stalls you’d expect, plus an ice rink, helter skelter, big wheel and an array of family-friendly attractions.
From 16th November to 17th December
Exeter's Cathedral Green gets its sparkle on with a mix of continental and local stalls offering handmade gifts and decorations. New this year will be the bandstand where local bands, carol singers and choirs will serenade you as you wander the stalls and tuck into delicious festive treats.
From 29th November to 22nd December.
Hannover’s Old Town Christmas market will transport you to a magical time and place where you can indulge in exquisite handmade decorations and wooden toys. Glassblowers, potters and candlemakers demonstrate their skills under the eaves of the beautiful Market Church.
From 17th November to 1st January
London has more Christmas markets than you can shake a cracker at, but if you can only visit one, head to Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland. This dazzling attraction boasts an ice rink, a giant wheel, live performances, an ice bar, market stalls and Santa’s workshop. And it’s free entry!
From 27th November to 24th December
Munich’s main Christmas market, held on the Marienplatz, dates back to the 14th century. Traditional Christmas at its best and packed with Bavarian character, it’s a family-friendly crowd pleaser hosting daily concerts, free children’s workshops and over 150 stalls.
Paris Charles de Gaulle
From 11th November to 8th January
With 400 lit Christmas trees and thousands of twinkling lights stretching from the Champs-Élysées to the Place de la Concorde, Christmas doesn’t get more romantic than this. Soak up the sensational ambience as you sample typical French culinary delights.