We know, the kids have literally just gone back to school and the sun is still trying to make itself be known, but it is never too early to start thinking about and even booking your Christmas market trips.
There are so many destinations, that it can be a bit of a struggle trying to find one that the whole family will love, so, to give you a helping hand, we have compiled a list of go-to markets:
Germany is where it all started so head here if you are after a real traditional Christmas market feel. Berlin is home to over 60 different ones each opening on the 22nd of November. All are free of charge and you will be treated to a number of stalls selling various items like jewellery, paintings, crafts, decorations and lots and lots of food. Each market will have a number of different family-friendly entertainment including light displays, music shows, and ice skating.
The market in Copenhagen is not only a great place to pick up some gorgeous gifts, it will also be a visual display of lights with hundreds of them adorning the stalls. Located at Tivoli Gardens, the Hans Christian Anderson Christmas fair will have you feeling like you just stepped into a fairy tale.
Not too far from home, Brussels Christmas market, Brussels Winter Wonders, opens from 28th November right through to 4th January – so you can head here after the Christmas madness. Not just for buying pressies, the festival also has live animations and plenty of fun for the whole family.
Not on everyone’s radar, this little market will has plenty of food stalls, decorations, arts and crafts and the impressive Ferris Wheel located on the main square. Adding to the magic is the giant Christmas tree that is the main focus of the market.