The season to start decking the halls and serve up homemade gingerbread men and mulled wine is very nearly upon us and to kick off your Christmas shopping you need a winter break to get those special presents sorted. Stalls around Christmas markets are heavy with wine, meat and roasting chestnuts. You’ve just got to get involved! There’s nothing like the festive atmosphere of a Christmas market whether that be at home or abroad. Whether you are travelling abroad or staying nearer to home, we’ve put together our top destinations in a two part guide that will get you right in the festive spirit.
Absolutely dripping in history, there are two main destinations to embrace the festive spirit – the Southbank and Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, London. Companies such as door2tour.com put together some excellent and exciting Christmas market breaks and promising a wide range of traditional chalets to shop from you are guaranteed to find everything you need on your shopping list. Winter Wonderland which is set in London’s famous Hyde Park and is free to enter. It does get a little busy as expected but full of rides, stalls and Father Christmas, it’s the way to go for a Christmas market break. London itself seems to come alive with magic during the winter, with its exciting Christmas lights along Oxford Street and the Selfridges and Hamleys Christmas displays and smells of roasting chestnuts along the Thames. Booking UK coach breaks means that you are choosing an affordable break with a festive fling.
Arguably best in the spring time, Paris is unsurprisingly charming in the cooler months as well. With an array of boutique stalls illuminated with colourful festive lighting the shops are a myriad of Christmas market galore. Not to be missed is the La Defense, the chic and ultra-modern centre of the capital. Straight in the old heart of Paris you will be surrounded by Saint-Germain-des-Pres with over three hundred wooden chalets offering a large variety of Christmas crafts and stunningly delicious cuisine. It’s an exciting time of year every year but for your family, you could book yourselves a stunning break in one of the most romantic cities in the world.
It may be hard to spell but the Christkindlesmarkt Nuremberg is set in the magical Main Market Square with over one hundred and eighty market stalls, with some dating back as far as the late eighteen hundreds. If you love gingerbread – or Lebkuchen as it’s called in German – this is the place to buy as much as you can cram into your suitcase. If you prefer a meatier affair, Nuremberg take their sausage very seriously! Some of the recipes they have date back to the early fourteen hundreds and are definitely not to be missed. A great place for food lovers out there, this charming Christmas market is well worth a visit in the most magical months of the year.