Christmas is not far off…to abridge the waiting many cities offer beautiful markets during Advent season.
The tradition of having Christmas markets stems back to 14th century Austria. Back then the citizens used the markets to stock themselves up on groceries for the winter. Nowadays, as the need to stock up on food has vanished, the markets offer vast numbers of sugary delights, festive decorations and a bustling atmosphere with Christmas in the air.
A multitude of different stalls gather against a historic backdrop, consisting of quaint churches and beautiful central markets, well decorated with giant Christmas trees and innumerable fairy lights with “Christkind” and Santa Clause giving little presents to the children beaming with joy. Gingerbread, burnt almonds and hot punch provide for sustenance, while a rich cultural programme with real life nativity plays, or music orchestras ensure for a reflective spirit.
A tradition that has been maintained over the years is local artists offering their hand-made, unique ornaments. Next to it there are toys, nutcrackers and certain really special Christmas presents you won’t find anywhere else. To experience a real traditional Christmas away from rush and haste, the Christmas markets are the place to be.
Christmas markets can be found all over Europe and the UK.
The Czech capital Prague holds its biggest market in the Old Town. You can find hand crafted toys and ornaments and listen to carol singers adding to the festive atmosphere.
A favourite in Germany is the famous Nuremberg market, with stalls offering spicy gingerbread, biscuits and Glühwein, a traditional German drink made from warmed wine.
One of the most authentic Christmas markets in the UK can be found in Birmingham with over 180 stalls selling a variety of goods, from hand crafted gifts to traditional delicacies, it attracts over 3 million visitors a year.
Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of these unique shopping experiences by booking a trip to one of the many markets available. Click on the links below or for more information visit the Christmas Markets section on our website.
For further details, click on the links above or call our friendly reservations team on 0845 330 3747.
Please Note: Pickups for each tour vary, please ask for further details in your enquiry or when you speak to a member of the reservations team.