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Traditional European Christmas markets date back to the late middle ages. Usually taking place in the town square, markets sell food, drinks and seasonal items, such as handmade toys and tree decorations from stalls, and often showcase traditional singing and dancing as well.
Below are just a few examples of Christmas Market destinations accessible from Bristol International this Winter: Bremen (26 Nov 09 to 23 Dec 09)
Bremen's atmospheric Christmas market is considered one of the most attractive in Germany. With the town hall and the Roland statue as its backdrop and over 170 festively decorated stalls, it is perfect for browsing. The historical setting, the romantic Christmas lights and the lovingly adorned booths create a special Christmas atmosphere that enchants more and more visitors every year. Book OLT Flights >> Berlin (23 Nov 09 to 31 Dec 09)
Kaiser Wilhelm Gedachtniskirche is perhaps the most popular market in Berlin with more than four million visitors a year. Musicians and artists offer a selection of traditional and modern gifts and entertainment, making it a perfect destination to experience Christmas shopping at ease and get into the festive spirit. Book easyJet Flights >>
Brussels (27 Nov 09 to 03 Jan 10)
Brussels will hold its annual Winter Wonderland on the Place Sainte Catherine offering an array of products in a warm and friendly atmosphere. This market with its cheerful lights, delicious aromas and a vast number of stalls promises a true holiday atmosphere. In addition to the Christmas Market the ice skating rink offers fun for all. Book Brussels Airlines Flights >> Prague (28 Nov 09 to 01 Jan 10)
Christmas is a special time of year in Prague and the Christmas markets are a key ingredient in the Czech festive magic. In a true 'winter wonderland' setting, the markets run daily from 9am to 7pm throughout the festive period. The main markets are at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, with smaller ones at Namesti Republiky and Havelske Trziste. Book easyJet Flights >>
Krakow (01 Dec 09 to 23 Dec 09)
The beautiful city of Krakow is usually draped in snow during the festive season, making Krakow Christmas Market an even prettier sight for visitors. The Rynek, which is the huge market square in the old town's centre, provides the setting for the Christmas Market and is largely filled with wooden stalls offering a variety of gifts. Book easyJet Flights >>
Geneva (26 Nov 09 - 24 Dec 09)
Surrounded by the snow-capped Alps, Geneva is a place of enchantment and tradition during the festive season. The scrumptious smell of gingerbread draws the crowds to one of Switzerland’s most impressive Christmas markets on the Place de la Fusterie. Book easyJet Flights >> Budapest (01 Dec 09 - 24 Dec 09)
Budapest's annual Christmas Market offers visitors quality folk and applied art products as well as a wide selection of cultural displays and programs. This spectacular fair is located in the heart of the city, in Vorosmarty Square and claims to be amongst the ten best Christmas markets in Europe. Book Ryanair Flights >>
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