At Prague’s Old Town Square, a gold-glittered Christmas tree casts warm light over pretty ornaments and delicate lace. Wenceslas Square is 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 Vörösmarty 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 ride to try the delicious honey cookies and local plum brandy! 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’ll 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 the city.
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.
Discover the Christmas markets of Cologne and be transported to a winter wonderland. This decorative German city has a classic Christmassy atmosphere, from the elaborate illuminations to the marvellous decorations – these scenes are sure to make you feel festive. Experience seven stunning markets, indulge in hearty cuisine and gaze at the ornate stonework of this spectacularly beautiful city.
Cultural powerhouse 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 and you’ll have your pick of the markets – there’s even the option to enjoy outdoor ice-skating with 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.