Whether you’re counting down the days to the festive break or are considering a spontaneous escape with your leftover annual leave, it’s time to tick that Christmas market getaway off your yearly bucket list. From sipping hot chocolate around a fire to celebrating in style with beer and meat on tap – Germany, we’re looking at you – a Christmas market city break is the perfect end-of-year escape to make the most of the season.
That depends on where you go! But you can typically count on lots of smoked meat, cheeses and even traditional pies and pastries. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, chocolate, gingerbread and roasted nuts are practically a given, too. Don’t forget the drinks – think mulled wine, regional beers and hot chocolate. Extra marshmallows optional
We’ve rounded up our pick of the best spots and the best markets for you – head to our Inspire homepage and find the relevant destination blog to swat up on your festive destination knowledge.
Many Christmas markets around the world tend to start in mid-November and carry on until at least Christmas day, but depending on where you head, some will stay open with mulled wine pouring until the new year. For the best market experience, plan a trip in early December when the action is in full flow.
We’ve rounded up the best ones here! We’re talking festive Christmas shopping in Stockholm and Helsinki, famous German sausage in Frankfurt and Munich, and off-the-beaten-track spots in Bucharest.