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Top ten Christmas markets: xmas in the city

Top ten Christmas markets: xmas in the city

If you think we are going to stand idly by whilst everyone else jumps on the premature Christmas hype bandwagon, then think again.

Skyscanner fully intends to get into the annoyingly early festive ramp-up and brings you some ideas for Christmas markets around the world.

nuremburg.xmas.market.JPGNuremberg, Bavaria, Germany

(Nov 27 – Dec 24 2009)
This is one of the most famous Christmas markets in Germany dating back to 1628. With its 200 plus stalls, set in the picturesque city, it attracts visitors from all over the world. Tradition is important in Nuremberg so modern attractions like funfair rides are not welcome. One tradition is the choosing, every two years of a “Christ Child” from the local population who is dressed in white and gold and spreads happiness and good cheer. Find cheap flights to Nuremburg

Hyde Park, London, UK

(opens from 21 Nov 2009 – 03 Jan 2010)
There’s no need to leave the capital for a German-style Christmas fair this winter. Just head towards the bandstand area on Serpentine Road, and you will find 40 or so wooden stalls selling festive products – many with a distinct German flavour. Add to this, Europe’s largest outdoor ice-rink and fairground attractions for the kids, and there is something for young and old alike. Find cheap flights to London

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Bavaria, Germany

(Nov 27 – Dec 23 2009)
Close your eyes, picture the perfect Christmas fairytale setting, and you will have inadvertently thought of this medieval German town. Towards the end of the year, the Reiterlesmarkt starts, and the Christmas market which dates back to the 15th century, spreads its captivating charms across the town. Look out in particular for the world famous Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas shop. Find cheap flights to Germany

Christkindlmarket, Chicago, USA

(Nov 25 – Dec 24 2009)
A little piece of Germany finds its way across the pond to Daley Plaza in Chicago where a month long Christmas festival attracts half a million visitors. It has become the largest and most famous market of its type in the States, and a packed programme of events with choirs, dance groups and bands mean the visitors keep on coming. Find cheap flights to Chicago

prague.xmas.market.JPGPrague, Czech Republic

(Dec 1 – 24 2009)
As you hum “Good King Wenceslas” to yourself, why not explore the Christmas markets (or Vanocni trh) of Prague. There are various markets dotted around the city with the main one being held in the Old Town Square. You can buy local handicrafts and food, and enjoy listening to both local and international choirs who come and add to the festive atmosphere. Find cheap flights to Prague

Canterbury, Kent, UK

(19 Nov – 23 Dec 2009)
Any visitor to the UK, would be well advised to visit the beautiful and historic city of Canterbury. A manageable train ride away from London, the cathedral is the centrepiece of the city and a few minutes walk away from the famous landmark, you will find the Christmas market in Whitefriar’s square. Expect the usual festive faire, but set in an unusually picturesque setting. Find cheap flights to London

Salzburg, Austria

(19 Nov – 26 Dec 2009)
Deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site, Salzburg is one of the most stunning cities in Europe. Steeped in culture and history, it also offers the winter visitor one of the best selections of Christmas and Advent markets in Europe. With its musical heritage, it is unsurprising that a wide range of choral and classical events are also organised, so grab your glühwein and get singing. Find cheap flights to Salzburg

St Thomas Christmas Market, Helsinki, Finland

(7 Dec – 22 Dec 2009)
Finland gets hardly any daylight during December, but that doesn’t deter the Christmas celebrations. 120 stalls are set up in the capital’s Esplanade park, where you can sample local food – herring features heavily (as it does most of the year) – as well as mulled wine fortified with vodka and you’ll soon forget the darkness as you’re dazzled by the impressive Christmas lights all over the city. Find cheap flights to Helsinki

Valkenburg, Netherlands

(Nov 21 – Dec 21 2009)
Located in southern Holland, Valkenburg’s Christmas market, the ‘Fluweelengrot’, is held in caves built under the castle around 1050. This uniquely atmospheric experience is both entertaining and educational, and the caves which were only discovered in 1937 have a fascinating history. Browse the attractive stalls as you walk through ancient tunnels and candlelit corridors. Find cheap flights to Netherlands

brussels2.JPGBrussels, Belgium

(27 Nov 2009 – 03 Jan 2010)
Every year, Brussels puts on the Plaisirs d’Hiver or the Winter Wonderland. There is a fine array of stalls to browse through with vendors selling delicious food stuffs, as well as an illuminated big wheel, fair-ground attractions and an ice rink. Brussels is served by the Eurostar, as well as an international airport, so getting there is easy. Find cheap flights to Brussels

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