Best Christmas City Breaks in Europe 2023
Discover the best Christmas City Breaks in the most beautiful destinations in Europe. Enjoy their Christmas decorations, their beautiful Christmas trees, the best place to find original Christmas gifts for the whole family in one of the best Christmas destinations in Europe.
We have selected the best Christmas City Breaks in Europe for a perfect Christmas holiday at the best price.
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Zagreb is the Best Destination for a Christmas City Break in Europe! Zagreb was voted three times in a row the Best Christmas Market in Europe by worldwide travellers.
The Croatian capital's Advent programme expanded rapidly, reaching all corners of the city, with a rich programme of events, concerts, gastronomy, ice skating, kids’ activities, and more, all tastefully lit up with festive lighting.
This year it's the return of the magical offer that made it the very best in Europe three years in a row, and which had hundreds of thousands of tourists heading to Croatia. The return to Advent Zagreb in all its glory is perhaps best symbolised by the return of the popular ice skating rink on King Tomislav Square, a magnet for the little ones and a great socialising point for parents watching their kids skate.
Opening dates: 2nd December 2023 - 7th January 2024
Nearest airports: Book your flights to Zagreb.
Where to stay: Situated in Zagreb city centre, right next to the Zagreb Main Railway Station, 5-star Esplanade Zagreb Hotel offers a fitness centre and sauna.
World-renowned Edinburgh's Christmas celebrations will spread the festive cheer across the Scottish capital between 24th November 2023 and 3rd January 2024. From mulled Irn Bru to vegan pigs in blankets, from Harry Potter-themed gifts to local handmade produce, the stunning Christmas Market in East Princes Street Gardens will offer treats for all! Santa Land will return to East Princes Street Gardens with rides for people of all ages to enjoy, whilst Santa’s Grotto once again will take residence on Castle Street.
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Opening dates: From 17 th November 2023 to 6th January 2024.
Where to stay: "Aparthotel Adagio Edinburgh Royal Mile" located in the real heart of Edinburgh.
Snow is guaranteed at Christmas in Estonia. The Tallin Christmas Market is one of the most famous Christmas markets in the region. Come discover the Estonian's most famous Christmas tree surrounded by little snow huts selling food, drinks and crafts.
Opening dates: From 1st December 2023 to 7th January 2024.
Where to stay: "Hotel Telegraaf". The Christmas Market is 160 m away.
Budapest is one of the Best Destinations for a Christmas City Break in Europe! The Advent Basilica, winner of the Best Christmas Market in Europe award 2020-2021-2022, is without doubt one of the most beautiful Christmas fairs in Europe.
Where love takes your hand - with this slogan, the Advent Basilica, Budapest's uniquely beautiful Christmas fair, opens its doors again.
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Select the "free cancellation" option and book your stay in Budapest at the best price.
Opening dates: From 19th November 2023 to 2nd January 2024.
Where to stay: "Kempinski Hotel Corvinus" situated close to Saint Stephen’s Basilica. Probably the best hotel in Budapest. For smaller budgets "Meininger Budapest Great Market Hall" is one of our top picks in Budapest.
Brussels Christmas Market is the perfect choice for an amazing Christmas City Trip in Europe. Five weeks filled with enchanting encounters, perfumes, colorful stalls, fantastic gift ideas and original tasting sessions. Joy and lights sparkled, bathing visitors in the festive atmosphere embodying the event. Winter Wonders’ attractiveness is now legendary, making it a key event in Brussels during the festive season. This unmissable happening greatly contributes to make our capital city into a privileged city-trip destination for Christmas. The ice-skating rink, a gorgeous Christmas tree, a magical and original light and sound show, videomappings, a festive Christmas Parade, the traditional Ferris wheel, the merry-go-rounds… All these amazing activities enchant big and small alike and make the course unique.
Select the "free cancellation" option and book your stay in Brussels at the best price.
Opening dates: From 24th November to 31st December 2023.
Where to stay: "Hotel des Galeries". Stay in the historical heart of Brussels.
Regularly voted amongst the Most Beautiful Christmas Market in the United Kingdom, the 18-day Christmas shopping extravaganza is the perfect Christmas City Break in Europe and the biggest Christmas Shopping event in the South West and consists of more than 170 beautifully decorated wooden chalets in the heart of Bath’s World Heritage Site.
This year there will be lots of new and exciting stallholders from across the South West. In keeping with Bath Christmas Market’s tradition of being distinctively British, each chalet will be selling a variety of high-quality artisan products.
Over 70% of stallholders are businesses from Bath and the surrounding region, and 60% of goods available at the market are handmade in the UK.
Opening dates: From 23rd November to 10th December 2024.
How to get there: Book your flights to Bristol (45 min by car) or Southampton (1h45min).
"Where to stay: The Z Hotel Bath" is in a prime location in Bath.
For your next winter holiday, explore one of the UK's largest and most beautiful Christmas markets. The most original, biggest and - arguably - the best Christmas markets in the country, Manchester Christmas Markets are an ideal destination for a Christmas City Break in Europe.
Some 300 beautifully crafted stalls located across the city, offer mouth-watering international food, drinks and finely crafted Yuletide gifts in the heart of the buzzing city centre. Spread across 10 individual sites - each with its own distinctive character, the Manchester Christmas Markets have something to offer every festive visitor.
Book your flights to Manchester as well as your accommodation and tours and activities, such as a Manchester food tour with a local guide. Select the "free cancellation" option and pre-book your accommodation.
Opening dates: From 11th November to 22nd December 2023.
Where to stay: "Motel One Manchester-Piccadilly" offering a central-city location.
Vienna is one of the Best Christmas City-Breaks in Europe. From mid-November to Christmas, Vienna’s prettiest squares transform into magical Christmas markets. The aroma of Christmas bakery items and hot punch creates a pre-Christmas atmosphere.
One of the most well-known Christmas Markets is the traditional "Vienna Magic of Advent", which turns the City Hall Square into a shining fairytale land. Christmas gifts, tree decorations, sweets and warming drinks are awaiting you as well as a carousel and craft fun Christmas Workshops for kids. The trees of the surrounding City Hall park are festively decorated and radiate in a sea of lights - a Viennese experience, you'll definitely don't want to miss!
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Opening dates: From 11th November to 26th December 2023.
Where to stay: Boutique Hotel Das Tigra is a family-run hotel with a very central location in a quiet street.
Since this time, Strasbourg has continued the tradition of a traditional, authentic, warm and generous Alsatian Christmas and these are all the reasons why "Strasbourg, the Capital of Christmas" continues to enjoy repeated success.
Opening dates: From 26th November to 26th December 2023.
Where to stay: "Hotel Regent Contades" located in Strasbourg City Centre.
Gdansk is one of the Best Destinations in Europe for a Christmas City Break. The Gdańsk Christmas Fair is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Poland. You elected it on the podium of the best Christmas markets in Europe, making it the most voted Polish Christmas market since the creation of this competition in 2009.
The amazing ambience of the Christmas Fair is mostly created by its unique and mood-setting scenery. The Three Wise Men, angels and saints look at you from Angel Mill, high above. You can ride a horse or take a spin on a fabulous Venetian carousel or find a moment of solace at the Holy Family Shrine.
Book your flights, accommodation and tours and activities at the best prices in Gdansk such as a "Gdansk: City Sights and History Guided Walking Tour."
Opening dates: From 24th November 2023 to 1st January 2024
Nearest airports: Book your flights to Gdansk Airport.
Where to stay: "Radisson Blu Hotel". The Christmas Market is 700m away".
The romantic city of Bruges is one of the Best Christmas City Breaks in Europe and you are guaranteed to fall under its spell during your stay. From the end of November, the historic city centre of Bruges will be transformed into a giant Christmas market.
In addition to a wonderful atmosphere and plenty of seasonal jollity, you will also be able to find that unusual last-minute present for someone special.
The Bruges Christmas and winter market will be located on the Markt and Simon Stevinplein, in the cosy city center. There will be a good range of stalls offering all kinds of scrumptious local food and drinks. Home-made hot chocolate, ice-cold jenever, spiced glühwein... along with Belgian beers, cheeses and hearty dishes. There will be something for everyone.
Select the "free cancellation" option and pre-book your accommodation at the best price, without obligation.
Opening dates: From 24th November 2023 to 7th January 2024
Nearest airports: Book your flights to Brussels Airport (1h30 by car or train).
Where to stay: "Hotel Patritius". Stay in the heart of Bruges.
Prague is one of your favourite destinations for a Christmas City Break in Europe. The Christmas markets in Old Town Square in the centre of Prague are the biggest project of its kind in the Czech Republic. Set in the very heart of the city is a traditional Czech marketplace, where, in dozens of wooden stalls, merchants offer typical Christmas goods such as traditional Czech blown glass balls, products made of glass pearls or straw, hand-embroidered tablecloths, wooden toys, biscuit cutters and many other things.
Grown-ups will enjoy the typical mulled wine, and all gourmet, young and old, will enjoy Czech Christmas biscuits, hot roasted chestnuts, gingerbread biscuits or typical Czech grilled sausages and skewered foods.
Book your flights, accommodation and tours and activities in Prague such as a sightseeing dinner cruise and discover the most beautiful Christmas market in the Czech Republic. Need more inspiration? Discover the Best Christmas Markets in Germany, Best Christmas Markets in the United Kingdom as well as the Most Beautiful Christmas Markets in Austria, Switzerland, Poland.
Opening dates: From 2nd December 2023 to 6th January 2024.
Where to stay:"Grandior Hotel Prague", located in the ciy centre.
If you like Christmas, you’ll love Dresden, one of the Best Christmas City Breaks in Europe. A grand total of eleven completely different Christmas markets, from the by no means Dark Ages to the après ski charm of alpine huts, makes for wonderfully conflicting decisions.
Holiday sounds fill the air throughout the city. From the many oratorios, Advent, organ and gospel concerts, Dresden’s churches brim with festive insider tips.
Christmas tales also come to life in the city’s theatres whilst museums host special exhibitions and boats bejewelled with lights glide along the Elbe. If only Christmas could last more than just a few weeks… Book your flights to Dresden, Leipzig (1h) or Prague (1h30), Book your accommodation in Dresden as well as your tours and activities in Dresden such as a "Dresden: Festive Christmas Concert".
Opening dates: From 29th November to 24th December 2023.
Where to stay: "Hyperion Hotel". Stay in the heart of Dresden.
London is one of your Best Christmas City Breaks in Europe. London’s spectacular Christmas destination - Hyde Park Winter Wonderland returns on 17th November for six exciting weeks of winter festivities with FREE admission and even more entertainment than before. With more than 100 rides and attractions on site, there's something for everyone.
For those Christmas shoppers, there’s the traditional German Christmas market with over 200 chalets. The Angels Christmas Market offers unusual and handmade gifts and crafts, including ceramics, candles, jewellery, wooden toys, nativity scenes and Christmas decorations.
Opening dates: From 17th November 2023 to 1st January 2024.
How to get there: Book your flights to London.
Where to stay: "The Chamberlain" near to the Tower of London.
For a perfect Christmas City Break in Europe, visit Birmingham!
Birmingham has the largest authentic German market in Europe outside of Germany and Austria, with 5.5 million visitors in 2019. Consisting of the Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market and the Craft Market, the market has grown from just 24 stalls in 2001 to 180 this year, covering New Street, Victoria Square and Centenary Square.
The Frankfurt Market offers a wide range of products, including Christmas decorations, handcrafted jewellery, carved wooden toys, sausages, beer and pretzels, while Christmas Craft Market will offer handmade crafts, soaps and candles by local artisans, as well as a wide range of unique and quirky items imported from around the world. Additionally, visitors can enjoy the popular ice rink and big wheel.
Opening dates: From 2nd November to 24th December 2023.
How to get there: Book your flights to Birmingham Airport.
"EasyHotel Birmingham" offers budget accommodation in the heart of Birmingham. Where to stay:
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