Soon it is the time of year again that everybody gets excited about the festive season! Ok for some people Christmas starts too early but I, your Holidayguru, have to admit that I am a real Christmas fanatic, so it can’t come early enough, if you ask me! And last minute is not a good idea for Christmas trips: The earlier you book, the cheaper. Flights during Christmas time can be extortionate!
Anyway, Christmas in Ireland is great, you have the whole family coming together, a massive Christmas dinner, Turkey and Ham sandwiches all week, the swim on Stephen’s Day … However, I must say that Ireland is missing something essential in December. A proper and big Christmas Market! I know, Grafton Street looks pretty nice with the Christmas lights on and Brown Thomas revealing their epic Christmas decorations in Dublin isn’t too bad either.
Christmas Markets Around Europe
But still, some cities in Europe got that special something which you shouldn’t miss this festive season. Especially in Germany and Austria Christmas Markets have a century-long tradition, dating back to 1400. Not much has changed actually: They still display craftsmanship – ranging from wood carvings to candle making, offer artisan and seasonal food, like Lebkuchen and sell tasty mulled wine, that warms you up while you stroll along the glowing stalls and marvel at the Christmas lights.
Some of the Best Offers
These Christmas Markets Offers in Europe spread just the right atmosphere on a cold Winter’s evening and make everything look sparkly and festive. That is why I tried my best to show you some good deals to visit these Christmas Markets around Germany, Austria, and Poland, so how about you combine a city break with a pre-Christmas trip and get your shopping done as well?! In this article, I will show you my Top 6 Picks for your special Christmas Market getaway. All you need to do is pick and book one :) So here is my list…
Let’s start this list of the best Christmas Markets Offers in Europe with France! While Paris is a beautiful city year round, the city of love can offer you so much more when it comes to Christmas. You can look forward to sampling some of the most delicious foods that the city has to offer while wandering from stall to stall. There are also plenty of handcrafted treasures to choose, which would make some pretty excellent gifts for everyone back home. Once you are done wandering these magical markets you can check out the city from the fabulous Montmartre and admire Paris in all its glory, illuminated beautifully.
Amsterdam is a popular destination for a cheeky city break all year round but not everyone knows that at Christmas time this is one of the top destinations in Europe. You can really enjoy that festive feeling while wandering around the canals in this amazing city. In Amsterdam, there are things going on all around the city where you can grab a delicious hot chocolate and really get into the amazing Christmassy feeling. There’s also ice skating and an absolutely ginormous Christmas tree in Dam square that draws visitors every year.
Budapest is definitely one of the top places to check out in Europe, especially for a good Christmas market. Every year the city is flooded with market stalls that offer some of the best handmade treats that you can find. Splash out and get yourself some serious relaxation with this deal. You can sip on mulled wine, sample some fresh gingerbread and many other gastronomic delights that will send your tastebuds into overdrive! You can really try and find some extraordinary gifts for you and your loved ones with this amazing deal.
People from Prague really know how to celebrate and as one of the beer capitals of the world you can imagine there are a lot of really specialist beers that can be found in these markets. The markets open every day from the 2nd of December and run until the 6th of January. The place is just bursting at the seams with things to see and do at this time of year. There are different markets around every corner and Christmas is celebrated in some serious style. You can buy some really amazing handcrafted goods like glassware, jewelry, embroidered lace, wooden toys, metalware, ceramics, scented candles, Christmas tree ornaments, hats, gloves, and scarves! You can also check out some of the freshly made foods like hams, pastries, cakes, and sausages. There’s just oodles to see and do.
This deal takes you to beautiful Austria and its historic Vienna. This Christmas Market dates back to 1298 when it was still called “Krippenmarkt” (Crib Market). Nowadays you have as much as 40 markets to choose from in Vienna. In front of the City Hall, you find the traditional Christkindlmarkt, which is surrounded by the beautifully lit historic buildings. The one at Belvedere Palace is also impressive, as it is set against the baroque residence and makes you feel like a royal! Don’t miss out on the wonderful marzipan pralines you find in the “sweet” stalls and as always a glass of punch :)
Perhaps it isn’t the obvious choice but the Christmas markets in Poland are something to behold! The markets in Poland have a distinctly traditional feel to them and are the perfect setting to get you in the mood for the festive season. You can wander through the old town square, while the snow falls and you can really get that festive feeling that will conquer any stress you might be feeling. Like many of the other Christmas markets, you can expect some deliciously prepared traditional food, well-crafted gifts, and some great musical accompaniment to this magical event. The great thing about this break is that you can actually get some snow at Christmas time! How could you resist? ;)
Well, I hope I could give you some advice as to where to go to for visiting a Christmas Market this year. you see it is actually not that difficult to plan it. Have a look at the above deals and see which one you like best. If the deals are getting more expensive please drop me a message and I can custom make some new ones for you! Merry Christmas!!! (sorry, I know its a bit early…)
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