The festive season is almost upon us, or maybe it already is - depending on how eager you are for Christmas. The cold weather, decorations and maybe a cheeky mulled wine at a Christmas Market are staples of this time of year.
If you enjoy Manchester's own market and feel like tying in your Christmas this year with a trip away, then you’re in luck. To get in the mood, Manchester Airport has reminded passengers of 12 European destinations they will fly you to for a Christmas Market.
Amongst the list are markets in several of Europe’s most stunning capital cities. Festive events and markets in Copenhagen, Brussels and Berlin feature on Manchester Airport’s list. Check out our gallery to see if there’s a location you are destined for this Christmas.
While Christmas markets might be more associated with southern Germany, the North Sea city of Hamburg has thoroughly embraced the tradition. You'll find Christmas markets all over the city, each with a different theme. The main Christmas market at the City Hall takes place under a huge Christmas tree, and has a distinctly traditional feel, while the Winterwald market in the shopping district is themed as a magical festive forest.
Beautiful Budapest shines at any time of the year, but it really comes into its own at Christmas when two Christmas markets set up and it is festooned with fairy lights. Budapest takes pride in the quality of the crafts, food and drink available at its Christmas markets. Wander through the stalls, nibbling on traditional Hungarian chimney cakes as you pick out the perfect gift, then afterwards warm up in one of Budapest's thermal baths.
Salzburg Christmas markets are overflowing with traditional charm and spirit. In the city centre you’ll find the main Christmas market around the cathedral, with stalls selling warm punch, toasted almonds, hot roasted chestnuts, beautiful Christmas tree ornaments, and lots of cosy knitwear. Watch the choir sing carols in front of the cathedral, or visit the nativity scene in the Residenz courtyard. The Advent Market sees Salzburg Palace transform into an oversized advent calendar with a different scene in 24 windows, creating a Christmas experience for the whole family.
Gothenburg hosts many cosy seasonal fairs, including Sweden's largest Christmas market, which is held at the Liseberg Amusement Park. Whether you're looking for the sights, sounds and smells of a traditional Swedish Christmas, or the best of contemporary Nordic art and design, you'll find a Christmas market for you in Gothenburg.