10 best European Christmas market deals: From winter wonderland in Germany to Swedish delights in Stockholm

The long nights are drawing in, and it’s less than 11 weeks until Santa comes to town – which can only mean one thing, Christmas markets season is coming. Savvy travellers know that part of getting into the festive spirit is to combine a short break on the Continent with seasonal shopping, wine drinking and indulging in gastronomic delights, including fruity ciders and German sausages. But with so many towns and cities now offering Yule-themed markets, where can you go for a winning break?

Read on for our pick of the 10 best Christmas market Discount Holidays © holiday deals1, complete with jingle bells, mulled wine and gifts galore. For more festive inspiration, here are 10 deals to kick start your Christmas shopping2, including FIFA 16 and designer fragrances.

1. Germany, Berlin, 125 per person3

Known as the capital of all Christmas markets, Berlin is one of the world s most famous festive hotspots. Visit the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church Christmas market and feast on warm fruity ciders, glazed fruit and, of course, grilled sausages this December. For gifts inspiration, you ll find over 170 craft and Christmas market stands offering endless decorations, ornaments, toys and delicate accessories.

The deal: Spend three nights at the four-star Wyndham Garden Berlin Mitte on bed and breakfast basis 124.89 per person4 including flights from London Gatwick on 14 December 2015.

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Hungary, Budapest, 120 per person5

Christmas Market, Vorosmarty Square (Vorosmarty Ter), Budapest, Hungary, Europe

For a trip out of the ordinary, escape to Budapest this winter, where you ll experience concerts, laser shows, thermal baths, an ice rink and ballet performances throughout the festive season. Budapest s V r smarty Square Christmas market features over 100 cottage-style wooden stalls complete with handmade crafts, Hungarian pastries, and carol singers to get you in the spirit.

The deal: Enjoy two nights at the four-star Three Corners Hotel Bristol, from 120 per person6 on a bed and breakfast basis. Price is based on two adults sharing and includes flights departing from London Gatwick on 1 December 2015.

3. Czech Republic, Prague, 126 per person7

Prague s traditional Old Town Square Christmas market is known for its local delicacies, from barbecued pork, to blood sausages, Czech muffins, conkers, beer, and of course, mulled wine. Shoppers can also browse decorations, wooden-carved toys and delicate glassware which can be hand crafted for that extra-special someone.

The deal: Four nights at the three-star Cloister Inn, from 126 per person8, travelling November 1 – December 31, which includes Euro Traveller return flights from London Heathrow and accommodation with breakfast.

4. Germany, Cologne, 229 per person9

10 Best European Christmas Market Deals: From Winter Wonderland In Germany To Swedish Delights In Stockholm

Cologne is Germany s second most popular city during Christmas. From winter clothing to German gastronomic delights, including beer served in traditional stein glasses, there s something for everyone, with magicians, jugglers and traditional glassblowers for entertainment. Markets to visit include the Fairytale Christmas Market, the Market of Angels at Newmarket with chalet-style stalls, and the Cologne Harbour Market which sits alongside the city s chocolate factory.

The deal: A ferry trip with the option to take your car on board or take the DFDS coach to Cologne this December. Departing from Newcastle on December 5, you ll spend two nights with bed and breakfast at the four-star Marriot Cologne Hotel for 229 per person10.

5. Netherlands, Amsterdam, 115 per person11

10 Best European Christmas Market Deals: From Winter Wonderland In Germany To Swedish Delights In Stockholm Canal Scene in Amsterdam

Amsterdam s vibrant Albert Cuypmarkt Christmas market offers over 300 stalls and gift grottos interspersed with Christmas trees and festive spirit. Head to the magical Winterland Market in Rembrandtplein for snowmen, complete with carrot noses, and a super selection of market stalls from which to buy Christmas goodies and edible delights.

The deal: Enjoy two nights at the three-star Hampshire Hotel Lancaster Amsterdam on room only basis for 114.97 per person12 including flights from Gatwick on 21 December 2015. Prices include flights and accommodation and are based on two sharing.

6. Denmark, Copenhagen, 141 per person13

10 Best European Christmas Market Deals: From Winter Wonderland In Germany To Swedish Delights In Stockholm

For a real taste of Danish flavor, head to downtown Copenhagen where you ll find the elegant Christmas Market of Tivoli Gardens. As you wander the Tivoli winter wonderland stalls you ll find local specialties such as the hot and spicy red wine drink Glogg, and Aebleskiver usually accompanied with a pan-fried cake, sugar and jam.

If you are travelling with children, visit Tivoli s Land of Elves where you ll find the mechanical elves at work, and get the chance to meet Father Christmas himself.

The deal: Spend two nights at the three-star Savoy Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis for 141.36 per person14 including flights from London Gatwick on 15 December 2015. Price is based on two adults sharing.

7. Belgium, Bruges, 126 per person15

Bruges Christmas Market is located within a fairytale UNESCO World Heritage site. The medieval and Gothic centre of cobbled streets and stunning buildings is decorated with lights galore, and welcomes visitors with cosy caf s, ice sculptures, gift stalls, and a fun ice rink.

The deal: Two nights at the four-star Velotel Brugge, from 126 per person on a room only basis16. Price is based on two adults sharing and includes flights departing from London Gatwick on 24 November 2015.

8. Austria, Vienna, 125 per person17

10 Best European Christmas Market Deals: From Winter Wonderland In Germany To Swedish Delights In Stockholm

Vienna is arguably the home of Christmas markets with the romantic Sch nbrunn Palace and the Christmas Market on Karlsplatz famous for family seasonal trips.

From craftwork, gifts, to mulled wine, culinary treats, jewellery, pottery, and clothing, there s plenty to experience, plus for entertainment, don t miss the iconic ice rink and nativity plays dotted around the city.

The deal: Two nights at the three-star Hotel Kunsthof from 125.21 per person18 on a room only basis. Price is based on two adults sharing and includes flights departing from London Gatwick on 25 November 2015.

9. Belgium, Brussels, 155 per person19

Brussels Winter Wonders market offers visitors seasonal specialties in over 250 traditional wooden chalets that sell local produce and crafts, along with local street-food delicacies. The Grand Place boasts plenty of cosy restaurants, a fairground wheel and merry-go-rounds to help you get in the magical festive spirit, as well as an extraordinary light and sound show by night.

The deal: A two night stay at the four-star Hotel Bloom minutes from Brussels centre on a room only basis for 155.39 per person20. The price includes return flights from London Gatwick departing 8 December 2015.

10. Stockholm, Sweden, 174 per person21

Whether you enjoy a traditional or contemporary Christmas, Stockholm has got it covered. For those after some classic festive fun, enjoy the little red stalls in the heart of the Old Town at Stortorget square selling Swedish Christmas sweets, smoked sausage and gl gg. If you re visiting with the family, head to the ice skating rink in Kungstr dg rden market for some memorable snaps.

The deal: A two night stay at the four-star Hotel Hellsten in the centre of Stockholm, on a bed and breakfast basis for 174.3022. The price includes return flights from London Stansted departing 9th December.

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References

  1. ^ Discount Holidays © holiday deals (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ 10 deals to kick start your Christmas shopping (www.mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ 125 per person (www.easyjet.com)
  4. ^ 124.89 per person (www.easyjet.com)
  5. ^ 120 per person (ww8.thomascook.com)
  6. ^ from 120 per person (ww8.thomascook.com)
  7. ^ 126 per person (www.britishairways.com)
  8. ^ from 126 per person (www.britishairways.com)
  9. ^ 229 per person (www.dfdsseaways.co.uk)
  10. ^ for 229 per person (www.dfdsseaways.co.uk)
  11. ^ 115 per person (www.easyjet.com)
  12. ^ three-star Hampshire Hotel Lancaster Amsterdam on room only basis for 114.97 per person (www.easyjet.com)
  13. ^ 141 per person (www.easyjet.com)
  14. ^ three-star Savoy Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis for 141.36 per person (www.easyjet.com)
  15. ^ 126 per person (ww8.thomascook.com)
  16. ^ from 126 per person on a room only basis (ww8.thomascook.com)
  17. ^ 125 per person (ww8.thomascook.com)
  18. ^ three-star Hotel Kunsthof from 125.21 per person (ww8.thomascook.com)
  19. ^ 155 per person (www.lastminute.com)
  20. ^ room only basis for 155.39 per person (www.lastminute.com)
  21. ^ 174 per person (www.lastminute.com)
  22. ^ bed and breakfast basis for 174.30 (www.lastminute.com)

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