With Christmas approaching, holidaymakers can look forward to a wintery wonderland across Europe and beyond. Better still, some of the best holiday deals can be found during the winter period so there’s plenty left to spend on Christmas shopping. We’ve put together some of our fave places for Europe’s famous Christmas markets – all easily accessible from London of course – plus their lastminute.com prices.
Prague from £110pp
This traditional and beautiful Christmas market on Prague’s Old Town Square is set to the sound of local carol singers and you can certainly find some unique Czech offerings from wooden toys, crafts and decorations, to Frankincense, Czech Christmas potpourri (called purpura) and traditional local Christmas cookies. This price is for flights and a two-night stay at the 4* Clarion Congress Hotel Prague in the modern area of Vysocany.
Stockholm from £164pp
Whether you enjoy a traditional or contemporary Christmas, Stockholm has something for you. From the little red stalls in the heart of the Old Town at Stortorget square selling Swedish Christmas sweets, smoked sausage and glögg, to the fun of the ice skating rink in Kungsträdgården. This price is for a 2 night stay at the 4* Hotel Hellsten, an artistic hotel housed in a 19th Century building in the centre of Stockholm. The price includes return flights from London Stansted departing 9 December.
Budapest from £97pp
Christmas is a great time to visit Budapest. with its gorgeous Christmas market on Vorosmarty Square (make sure you try the Chimney Cake), to the Szechenyi Thermal Baths which look stunning in the winter air. There is an ice rink in the city park, along with Christmas Light Tram rides and Danube river cruises to enjoy. This price is for flights and a two-night stay at the 4* Danubius Health Spa Resort Helia Hotel opposite Margaret Island and close to the historic sights.
Berlin from £96pp
Where else to enjoy a traditional German market than in Germany’s capital itself. Can you believe the city has over 60 Christmas markets in the run up to the festive season, with Charlottenburg Castle Christmas Market in the backdrop of the castle and the Gendarmenmarkt. This price is for flights and a two-night stay at the 4* TRYP Berlin Mitte.
Copenhagen from £115pp
Experience the stunning Christmas market on Tivoli Gardens in central Copenhagen, with its festive fairy lights and food and drink galore. This price is for flights and a two night stay at the 4* Hotel Neptun central located in Copenhagen.
Brussels from £157pp
‘Winter Wonders’ Christmas experience in Brussels is now legendary as all around the Grand Place comes to life with magical activities and spectacles. This price is for flights and a two-night stay at the brand new 4* Pullman Brussels Midi minutes from Brussels centre.
Deals are taken from lastminute.com.