There’s nothing like the festive atmosphere of a Christmas market whether that be at home or abroad and being abroad sometimes can make it feel far more authentic than the German Christmas Market in Birmingham. The season to start decking the halls and serve up homemade gingerbread men and mulled wine is very nearly upon us and to kick off your Christmas shopping you need a winter break to get those special presents sorted. Stalls around Christmas markets are heavy with wine, meat and roasting chestnuts. You’ve just got to get involved! You can hire a car or people carrier through a website like www.verc.com and get the whole family involved in a weekend away at the best Christmas markets. Whether you are travelling abroad or staying nearer to home, we’ve put together our top destinations in a two-part guide that will get you right in the festive spirit.
- Vienna: Found in the romantic square of the Austrian capital, twenty-five markets spring up on the beautiful cobbled streets which promise elegant gifts in a unique and truly festive setting. The entire city of Vienna get involved with the events, a tradition that began in the 17th The Viennese Christmas Market stands directly in front of City Hall with a charming backdrop perfect for traditional shopping. The highlight other than the delicious aromas that dance from stall to stall are the beautiful voices of international choirs as you search through for that perfect and unique gift for your loved one. There’s nothing quite like a Viennese Christmas Market and taking the time to book a break and have a look around is something you won’t regret.
- Strasbourg: The home to the oldest Christmas market in Europe, there are three hundred stalls promising handcrafted gifts, decorations for the tree and indulgent treats for the taste buds. Not forgetting of course, the rich heavy flavours of the traditional Bredle sweets you can find at every corner. The winter wonderland is always best late in the afternoon as the Christmas lights turn on and the smell of cinnamon and gingerbread waft through the air. If you’re not fussy on lights, then going earlier in the morning means more time to look with less crowds. If you’ve hired your vehicle through a site like verc.com you could get fabulous discounts and offers so always check online before you go.
- Brussels: Always famous for its beer and chocolate choices, it’s unsurprisingly a favourite amongst the lovers of the Christmas period. Easily accessed via a hop on the Eurostar, it is perfect for finding Christmas gifts without the fuss. Festively lined in an array of Christmas trees and colourful mood lighting, the market exudes a fantastic festive atmosphere and houses excellent shopping opportunities. The ice rink centred in the market square is perfect for the family and a fun and exciting way to build an appetite for sampling Belgian culinary delights.
Ultimately you have many choices for where you decide to go for your Christmas market break, and that choice lays with you!