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.

Belfast City

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.

 

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Berlin

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.

 

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Birmingham

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.

 

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Düsseldorf

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.

 

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Edinburgh

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.

 

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Exeter

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.

 

 

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Hannover

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.

 

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London

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!

 

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Munich

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.

 

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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.

 

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