The most beautiful Christmas scenes are in abundance at Prague’s Old Town Square, where a gold-glittered Christmas tree casts warm light over pretty ornaments and delicate silk and lace. Wenceslas Square is also a Christmas market shopping haven, thanks to its handcrafted toys and soft woollen clothes and you can enjoy a steaming mug of brandy infused coffee while watching nativity performances. Many of our hotels are perfectly located within a short stroll of both squares.
The Hungarian capital boasts the Budapest Christmas Fair – one of the biggest Christmas markets in all of Europe. Everything is played out on Vörösmarty Square, in the more peaceful outskirts of the city. Many of our hotels are perfectly placed close to Budapest’s historic underground system, so you can easily take a short ride to try the delicious honey cookies and local plum brandy at the fair! The unveiling of the advent calendar is a daily event, accompanied by heart-warming carol singing.
The Polish city of Krakow is almost guaranteed to have a ‘White Christmas’ that we all long for ensuring that extra special Christmas feeling. The place to be is Rynek Glowny central square where you will find the Christmas market taking up half of the enormous square with its wooden stalls selling Christmas ornaments, souvenirs, toys, jewellery, knitwear and the mulled wine ‘grzaniec' too. Don’t forget to visit the display of ‘szopki’, the brightly decorated nativity scenes which are a festive tradition in Krakow.
With Rome being the capital of Christianity you can expect lots of festivities and definitely the place to enjoy Christmas at is best. The Piazza Navona is transformed into a huge market where you can find stalls all around the square selling toys, sweets and especially Christmas decorations to add that extra something to your tree. Enjoy the festive delicacies that will be flowing from the bakeries such as panettone, torrone and pandoro. For something different why not try the outdoor ice rink set up in front of Castel Sant`Angelo.
Enjoy the city of Vienna as it is transformed into a fairytale land of Christmas! The Rathausplatz becomes a shining fairytale land with stalls selling Christmas decorations, sweets and warming drinks surrounded by trees lit up with festive lights. Traditional handicrafts and original gifts can be found at the markets on Maria-Theresien-Platz and Freyung, and the market on Karlsplatz is the ideal place for children with its extensive children`s programme and Christmas workshop.
You will be spoiled for choice at the 7 Christmas markets that take place in Cologne every year! The Cologne Cathedral is a spectacular backdrop for its market where you will find local artisans at work in their wooden pavilions and enjoy mulled wine along with local sweet delicacies. The market at the Alter Markt is ideal for children with its nostalgic children`s roundabout, grotto and a puppet theatre. The Neumarkt Christmas market is the oldest and has a unique stars at night theme whereas the market at Rudolfplatz takes you back into the land of fairy tales by the brothers Grimm. Along with 3 more markets there is plenty to enjoy!
Dusseldorf delights in its status as a cultural Christmas haven with its six German Christmas markets all dotted around the centre of this thriving city. Our pick of the six is the Marktplatz Christmas Market, as it has fast gained a great reputation for its quality handicrafts and spellbinding decorations. Stay close to the Altstadt (Old Town) with Jet2holidays and you’ll have your pick of the markets – there’s even the option to enjoy outdoor ice-skating with steaming mugs of mulled wine and German mountain cheese to warm you up afterwards!