The festive season approaches once again, and the lure of the Christmas markets is stronger than ever. There are plenty of offers which will also raise £ for your charity. Now that’s guaranteed to put you in the festive spirit.
This is one of the most iconic Christmas markets in Europe, and the festivities are truly extensive. You’ll get to soak up a stunning atmosphere, beautiful old architecture, traditional stalls and crafts and the most wonderful decorations, music and lights. Look out for ice-skating rinks, beer tents, chestnuts, hot apple pies, winter cider and plenty of arts, crafts and gifts. Thomas Cook offers excellent package deals with flights included from main UK airports, including this one at the Radisson Blu hotel from just £181.00 per person. Raise up to 1.25% when you book a central hotel right in the heart of the Christmas action. Shop Thomas Cook >
Voted Europe’s best Christmas market on no fewer than three occasions, the markets here are magical and feature beautiful crafts, a huge array of events such as concerts, musicians and ice-rinks, great food and a warm atmosphere. This year there will also be a huge candlelight display and choirs to look forward to. The accommodation is plentiful and cheap, and you can fly with Flybe and raise 0.5% in the process >
Always a favourite for city breaks, this cosmopolitan city is made all the more enticing when the festive season comes around. Enjoy local spicy sausages and rosti potatoes, sip some mulled wine, pick up handmade gifts and watch choirs and ice-skaters in action, all under a canopy of glittering decorations and lights. You can book a Christmas markets city break with Lastminute.com, and there are a variety of hotels to pick from, with two nights including a flight from major airports starting from just £89.99 per person. The Grandium Prague is available for two nights in December with flights from just £149.99 per person – and you can raise up to 3% in the process of booking. Shop the deal at Lastminute.com >
Don’t forget that the UK also has some fantastic staycation options as well as the biggest German market outside of Germany and Austria which runs from 15th November – 23rd December. While you’re in Birmingham why not see a show at the NEC or the Hippodrome theatre, visit the famous jewellery quarter and experience lunch alongside the canal before taking in some retail therapy. The Symphony Hall is a must-see, and Selfridges is both an architectural point of interest and a hot destination for retail lovers. Enjoy food at Brindley Place and fantastic big brands along the high street, and why not take a guided tour on one of the bright green double-decker tour buses? You’ll find plenty of great accommodation, including the luxurious Hilton Birmingham. Raise up to 3% when you book via Give as you Live, with rooms starting from just £55 >
Fancy going further afield for your festive experience? Then New York has to top the list as the backdrop to so many of our favourite festive films and shows. Enjoy the atmosphere of the holiday season as you admire huge candy canes and fast food stalls with great New York attitude. See Radio City Music Hall all lit up, wander through Bryant Park and head to Union Square Market for the full gift, food, music and entertainment experience. Jet2 offers flights from all main UK airports, with flights from Manchester to New York averaging about £220 per person one way in December. Remember to click through Give as you Live to raise for your favourite charity >
Where will you go to enjoy the Christmas markets this year?