Christmas Market Breaks

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30.09.19

European Christmas Markets Break

2-3 Nights Stay in One of Fifteen Cities Across Europe with Flights included

Are you on tenterhooks waiting for Christmas? Want to get that festive feeling? There's nowhere better for it than the European Christmas markets!

28.09.19

Brussels Christmas Markets

2 - 3 Nights in Central Hotel incl. Flights

Want a cheap last minute getaway this December? Then check out this fabulous city break to see the Brussels Christmas markets I've found!

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15.09.19

Munich Christmas Markets Trip

2 - 3 Nights in Central Hotel incl. Return Flights

Soak up that festive atmosphere in the most German city around and add a real touch of magic to your Christmas this year!

06.09.19

Vienna Christmas Markets Break

2 - 3 Nights Stay in a Well Located Hotel incl. Breakfast & Return Flights

Start planning for that magical time of year with this Vienna Christmas markets break for 2 or 3 nights incl. hotel, breakfast & flights

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31.08.19

Fantastic Festive Berlin Break

3 Nights Stay in a Gorgeous Hotel During the Christmas Markets incl. Return Flights

There's nothing better than the German Christmas markets and you can get your piece of the action with this fantastic festive Berlin break!

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30.08.19

Budapest Festive Markets Break

2-4 Nights Stay in a Fabulous 4* Hotel in a Great Location incl. Bottle of Wine, Late Check-out & Return Flights

If you want to give yourself that warm feeling inside then why not check out this amazing Budapest festive markets break!

23.08.19

Great Value Budapest Deal

3 Nights incl. 4* Hotel, Breakfast & Flights + Danube Boat Tour & Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour

Snag a fantastic bargain break to beautiful Budapest with this fantastic deal. Book by a certain date and get loads of extras included!

04.08.19

Classy Budapest Christmas Markets

3 Nights in Top-Rated 4* Hotel with Breakfast & Flights

Come visit the most beautiful city in Europe at the most festive time of year with this amazing deal. Find it here on my blog!

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11.07.19

Stockholm Winter City Break

3 Nights in Old Town Hotel Incl. Flights

Looking for a great city to explore in 2019? Head to Stockholm! Sweden's super-modern capital is full of beautiful architecture, friendly people and fantastic museums. Check out this Stockholm city break from Expedia.

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24.06.19

German Christmas Market Getaway

2-3 Nights in one of Six Cities with Hotels and Flights

Starting to feel festive? Germany is the best place to come to if you're feeling Christmassy!

27.11.18

Cheap Krakow Flights

Cheap Return Flights from Dublin and Belfast from just €46!

A fantastic opportunity to experience one of Poland's most beautiful cities - departures in early 2019 available!

25.11.18

Deluxe Budapest City Break

3 Nights in Stunning 4* Hotel incl. Return Flights

Head over to the Hungarian capital and go explore! Check the offer for a deluxe Budapest city break that will have you falling in love with the city!

09.11.18

Prague Christmas Markets

3 Nights in Central 4* Hotel incl. Breakfast & Aer Lingus Flights

Looking for a last-minute deal for the festive season? Then why not jet off to the beautiful capital of Czechia - flights & 4* hotel included!

08.11.18

Amsterdam Christmas Markets

2 Nights in 3.5* Hotel in Excellent Location with Flights

This hotel is in a very central location in walking distance to the famous Damrak of Amsterdam. Grab it right here on my blog!

08.11.18

Barcelona Christmas Markets

2 Nights in 4* Hotel this December with Flights

Barcelona is a terrific city all year round but at this festive time of year it just lights up in the most amazing ways! Grab this bargain break right here on my blog!

07.11.18

Milan Christmas Markets

2 Nights in Lovely 3* Hotel with Breakfast & Flights

Come visit one of the most stunning cities in northern Italy this December and do some last minute Christmas shopping while you're at it!

06.11.18

Toulouse Christmas Markets

2 Nights in Excellent 4* City Centre Holiday Apartment with Flights

Come visit this beautiful city in the south of France and stay in a holiday apartment with top-reviews for two nights during the Christmas markets!

29.10.18

Amazing Amsterdam Christmas Break

4 Nights Stay in Excellent Hotel in City Centre incl. Return Flights

Amsterdam is a timeless city oozing charm and personality around every corner, so head to the festive city this December for €170!

Christmas Market Breaks – find your perfect festive getaway at Holidayguru.ie!

It’s the most magical time of year – and possibly the most stressful one as well. Rushing around trying to find the perfect gift for your loved ones, battling the huge crowds in the high street, prepping your roast dinners… It’s a lot of hard work to make each Christmas magical. So why not take a step back from all of the goings-on at home and treat yourselves to a magical few days away with a Christmas market trip?

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Booking your Christmas market trips

When it comes to securing the best deal for Christmas market holidays, it’s better to get it done sooner rather than later. While flights and hotel rates are still cheaper in comparison to the high season in summer, demand is still quite high and rooms can fill up quite quickly, especially in popular city break destinations such as Prague or Budapest. But if you leave it a bit last-minute, don’t fret – your Holidayguru is always on the look-out for the best festive city trips and weekend breaks. As well as all of the big-name destinations, I’ll also be sure to keep my eyes peeled for deals to beautiful markets and festivals in more smaller cities such as Wroclaw, Tallinn or Bratislava.

The best Christmas markets in Europe

For those of you really looking to get into the festive spirit, a Christmas city break in Europe is one of the best things you can do. Scope out some of the best Christmas markets in Germany, admire the beautiful lights of Paris or Prague, or enjoy the cosy atmosphere in a lesser-known city in Eastern Europe such as Riga, Bratislava or Lviv. Despite being a popular time of year to visit the cities at this time of year, you’ll still find that hotel rates are still lower than compared to the high reason in summer. Many markets in Europe coincide with the start of the traditional advent season, meaning that most of them will be opening to visitors towards the end of November. Even if you book somewhat last-minute, chances are you’ll still be able to come across a fantastic deal. Here are some of my favourite Christmas markets in Europe that I really recommend checking out!

1. Riga, Latvia

Looking to head off on a festive break that offers fantastic value for money! Then the Riga Christmas markets will be right up your street. The cute and colourful Latvian capital features a cosy market by the cathedral, and you’ll find that it’s cheap to get your shopping done here as well. And here’s an interesting claim to fame – Riga is said to be the home of the age-old tradition of Christmas trees, with the first-ever one being documented in the year 1510.

2. Vienna, Austria

The stately capital of Austria features some of the prettiest Christmas markets in Europe, taking place by the gorgeous Gothic facade of the city hall. And when you throw in the many idyllic palaces, mansions and parks into the mix, it’s fair to say that you’re onto a winner here. For an extra touch of magic, I recommend checking out the cosy market which plays out in the grounds of Belvedere Palace.

3. Nuremberg, Germany

The Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg is one of the most famous and most traditional Christmas markets in Germany. If you’ve yet to experience the magic of a German market for yourself, then this is a brilliant place to start. To see the main square absolutely filled to the brim with stalls and lights is simply magical! Definitely try some of the Glühwein while you’re there – the German take on mulled wine is the perfect way to stave off the winter cold.

4. Prague, Czechia

One of the most popular city break destinations in Europe – and one of the most festive experiences you can have! With traditional handicrafts and delicious street food all around, you’re guaranteed to have an amazing time. The beautiful architecture of the Old Town only adds to the magic. There are several markets across the city, the main two being in the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. But be sure to head across the river as well – stroll through the beautiful Lesser Town district and you’ll find a lovely little market by Prague Castle as well!

5. Budapest, Hungary

Another big name amongst city breakers, Budapest is a delight to explore at Christmas time. Kick things off by heading to Vorosmarty Square, where you’ll find a wealth of stalls selling delicious food and traditional gifts. One of my favourite Hungarian street food dishes is langos, where base of dough of deep-fried and then topped with ingredients such as sour cream, cheese and ham. A warning from me though – they are incredibly moreish…

Of course, that’s only a small selection of Christmas markets that are taking place across Europe each year! However they are are all highly recommended and they’re a great start for everyone new to European Christmas markets. Other fantastic choices I can personally recommend include Berlin, Cologne, Tallinn, Stockholm and Ljubljana.

Find your perfect Christmas market holiday at Holidayguru.ie

Be sure to keep checking back to stay up-to-date with the latest Christmas market deals I find! During the run-up to the festive season I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for the best Christmas market breaks departing from Ireland. Should you be looking for an unforgettable getaway filled with winter magic, you’re in the right place here!

Should you be looking for a bit of winter sun, be sure to check out my Christmas holidays tag as well. You’ll find plenty of offers to sun-drenched destinations which provide the perfect escape from the wintry climates ate home!

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