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The season to be jolly

Get into the Christmas spirit with a winter adventure and explore enchanting Christmas markets. Pick up glistening gifts, wander around food stands, sip on warming drinks and soak up the heart-warming atmosphere.

Choose from a merry selection of Christmassy destinations, enjoy a city break and make the most of this magical time of year. Immerse yourself in the best traditional markets when you stay in Vienna, which date back to the thirteenth century. See miniature puppets, glistening lights and delicate handblown glass. Or go to Innsbruck for a romantic Christmas retreat – see Christmas tree lights bounce off the snow-dusted mountain backdrop and smell the aroma of sweet gingerbread. Visit the best festive food spot in Budapest. Stroll through the stalls and try kurtoskalacs (a cinnamon-pastry chimney cake), toki pompos (a Hungarian-styled pizza with bacon, onion and cream), home-made chocolates and honey cakes. Whether it’s cosy alpine themed lodges or twinkling fairground rides you're looking for, choose the festive destination for you.

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Our favourite Christmas markets

MarketDurationPrices from 
BerlinFlights + 2 nights hotel£134 ppSearch
SalzburgFlights + 2 nights hotel£163 ppSearch
PragueFlights + 2 nights hotel£222 ppSearch

Magical European Christmas markets

Berlin Christmas markets.

Berlin

2017 market dates: 27 Nov – 26 Dec

With over 60 Christmas markets, feel mesmerised in Germany’s capital. Go to the Berliner Weinachtszeit, behind the Alexanderplatz, and take in the Christmas spirit at the captivating Charlottenburg Palace. 

Flights from £91 each-way

Flights + 2 nights hotel from £134 pp


Krakow Christmas markets.

Krakow

2017 market dates: 24 Nov - 26 Dec

Poland almost guarantees a white winter wonderland. Stroll around the glistening central square, Rynek Glowny, immerse yourself in the festive stalls, listen to carol singers and see festive entertainment.

Flights from £129 each-way


Innsbruck Christmas markets

Innsbruck

2017 market dates: 15 Nov – 6 Jan

Indulge in delicious Austrian stollen, sweet or savoury doughnuts and winter warming punch. Watch enchanting Christmas processions and enjoy the romantic glistening glow of lights against beautiful medieval architecture.

Flights from £41 each-way

Flights + 2 nights hotel from £162 pp


More spectacular European Christmas market destinations

Christmas market multi-centre breaks

Discover the true meaning of Christmas in more than one European city

Prague – Vienna – Budapest
Budapest

Start your winter wonderland adventure in Prague, making the most of the city’s magical markets on Staroměstské náměstí (Old Town Square) and shopping for Bohemian crystal. Explore the picturesque centre, before an evening at the famous opera. Book car hire and hit the road to Vienna, then take a ride on one of the world’s oldest Ferris wheels at Prater Park. Visit the Christmas market at Rathausplatz to drink delicious spicy glühwein and browse for handcrafted presents. Make a move to Budapest, where the magical Christmas Fair on Vörösmarty Square will take your breath away. Don’t forget to visit the prestigious Gerbeaud Coffee House for sensational cakes and pastries.

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