Fantastic Christmas markets within easy reach of the UK

Added 10/10/2023

Europe's Christmas markets

If you're looking for fantastic Christmas markets within easy reach of the UK, you're in luck! There are plenty of charming markets in mainland Europe that are just a short flight or train ride away.

Here are some popular options:
  • Brussels, Belgium

    Brussels is known for its stunning Christmas market located in the Grand Place, where you can find unique gifts, delicious Belgian chocolates, and warm mulled wine.
  • Bruges, Belgium

    Bruges transforms into a winter wonderland during the holiday season. The Christmas market in the Grote Markt offers ice skating, festive decorations, and local crafts.
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Amsterdam's Christmas markets feature ice skating rinks, holiday lights, and stalls selling Dutch treats and handcrafted gifts.
  • Cologne, Germany

    The Cologne Christmas Market is one of the largest in Germany, offering a variety of stalls with crafts, gifts, and delicious food, all set against the backdrop of the stunning Cologne Cathedral.
  • Strasbourg, France

    Strasbourg's Christmas market is known as one of the oldest and most picturesque in Europe. The city's historic centre is beautifully decorated with lights and ornaments.
  • Vienna, Austria

    Vienna hosts several Christmas markets, with the one in front of City Hall (Rathausplatz) being a standout. You can find traditional Austrian gifts, gingerbread cookies, and glühwein (mulled wine) here.
  • Prague, Czech Republic

    Prague's Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square come alive with Christmas markets, offering traditional Czech crafts, trinkets, and delicious pastries.
  • Budapest, Hungary

    Budapest boasts a range of Christmas markets. The one in Vorosmarty Square is particularly popular, featuring handcrafted gifts, Hungarian cuisine, and live performances.
  • Krakow, Poland

    The Christmas market in the heart of Krakow's Old Town offers unique Polish gifts, traditional food, and a festive atmosphere.
  • Edinburgh, Scotland 

    If you'd prefer to stay within the UK, Edinburgh hosts a magical Christmas market in Princes Street Gardens, complete with a fairground, ice rink, and traditional Scottish treats.

Wherever you plan to go to get your festive fix, make sure you have comprehensive travel insurance in place, including cover for pre-existing medical conditions.

Travel insurance from Goodtogo can provide cover for cancellation, emergency medical expenses abroad, repatriation (bringing you home) and much more.  We can cover all types of existing medical conditions and have no upper age limit.

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