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5 flights for £50

5 flights for £50

From shopping in Paris to yachting in Spain, Skyscanner brings you five imaginative ideas for an exciting European getaway this month… all for under £50

1. White magic in Birmingham, England, £43

If like us you have been entranced by the BBC’s Frozen Planet, you’ll love Polar at Birmingham Symphony Hall on 21st December. Take a trip to the wonderlands of the Arctic and Antarctic with an awesome mash-up of music and film. See penguins, polar bears, humpback whales and jaw-dropping land-and-seascapes accompanied by a soundtrack of Sibelius, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky and others, performed by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Find cheap flights to Birmingham

2. Christmas market in Bremen, £36

Get as Christmassy as you possibly can with a trip to Germany, the home of the Christmas market. One of best is in Bremen, which runs until 23rd December. Pick up some traditional Teutonic souvenirs such as toys, chocolates and wooden handicrafts as you stroll around the wooden chalet stalls set out along the embankment of the River Weser. The market is even more atmospheric when it is lit up at night, and you’re cupping a mug of Glühwein. Find cheap flights to Bremen

3. Yachting in Gerona, Spain, £36

Yacht racing is not something you associate with December, but if you need a little bit of summer in your life, brighten up your winter with a trip to see the Christmas Race in Gerona on 18-22 December. Over 100 boats will battle it out in the 36th annual regatta at Palamós, one of Europe’s classic sailing venues. While you’re there, explore the winding streets of Gerona’s ‘old city’. Pick a place to eat and watch the world go by on Place de la Independència. Find cheap flights to Gerona

4. Horse racing in Dublin, Ireland, £48

A spot of racing is the ideal cure for the post-Christmas doldrums, so get yourself to Dublin for the Leopardstown Christmas Festival. Leopardstown Race course, the home of racing in a country that’s mad about the horses, hosts four days of excitement on the turf and in the pavilion from 26-29 December. Everyone is sure to be looking their best, so get on your best festive finery – you may be in with a chance of scooping the honour of Most Stylish Lady, or Man. Find cheap flights to Dublin

5. Shopping in Paris, France, £31

There is nowhere like Paris for shopping. Sort your last-minute Christmas present shopping in somewhat more style than your local shopping centre. The big department stores like Galeries Lafayette and Printemps are at their finest, festooned with festive displays and decorations. Or wait until after Christmas to take advantage of the sales. Maybe then you can afford that Gucci handbag. If not, just do a bit of window shopping. Find cheap flights to Paris