At Prague’s Old Town Square a gold-glittered Christmas tree casts warm light over pretty ornaments and delicate lace. Wenceslas Square is also a Christmas market shopping haven, thanks to its handcrafted toys and soft woollen clothes. 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 at Vorosmarty Square – one of the biggest Christmas markets in all of Europe. Lots of our hotels are 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.
Rynek Glowny central square is the place to be for a Christmas in Krakow. Here you will find the Christmas market taking up half of the enormous square with its wooden stalls selling festive 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. The Piazza Navona is transformed into a huge market with stalls selling toys, sweets and Christmas decorations to add that extra something to your tree. Enjoy the festive delicacies from the bakeries such as panettone, torrone and pandoro. For something different, try the outdoor ice rink in front of Castel Sant`Angelo.
Enjoy the city of Vienna as it is transformed into a fairytale land of Christmas! The Rathausplatz boasts stalls offering Christmas decorations, sweets and warming drinks surrounded by trees lit up with festive lights. You’ll find traditional handicrafts and original gifts at the markets on Maria-Theresien-Platz and Freyung, and the market on Karlsplatz is the ideal place for children with its 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 has six German Christmas markets all dotted around the centre of this thriving city. The Marktplatz Christmas Market has fast gained a great reputation for its quality handicrafts and spellbinding decorations. Stay close to the Altstadt 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 afterwards!
New Yorkers really know how to celebrate the ‘holiday season’. The Rockefeller Christmas Tree lighting is a true spectacle. Little ones will love the decorative grottos at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, where they’ll have the chance to meet Santa. But it’s the Christmas markets that make New York truly festive. The Union Square Park Holiday Market welcomes you with more than 100 artisan stalls offering hot cider, giant pretzels and of course striped candy canes!