Step into Christmas with a visit to a Festive Market

Christmas is a time of year where - unless it’s heading to family or off skiing - travel can be furthest thing from our minds. But we’re always a little curious to see how other places celebrate Christmas, aka ‘the most magical time of the year’.

There’s no better place to experience all that cheer than at a christmas market. Aromas of mulled wine, gingerbread and sausage. Cold winter snaps to bite at our cheeks. And then there’s the buzz of the market stalls stacked with handcrafted treats and sweets.

Christmas markets are like a snowglobe - all that Christmas joy in one spot with a good chance of snow. No shaking necessary.

So jump aboard the Jurni Polar Express, as we head off to some of Europe’s finest Christmas markets.

Nuremberg, Germany

The Nuremberg christmas market is one of the oldest christmas markets - so you know you are in safe hands. Not limited to a square or a few streets, the entire town embraces the festive season. Fill yourself up on mulled wine, bratwursts, candied nuts, and gingerbread the size of a small child’s head.

Xmas party kick-off date: 25 November - 24 December 2016

What a view from our hotel!

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Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen’s Christmas market is nestled within the Tivoli Gardens. Christmas card perfect, you’ll find a maze of hundreds of Christmas trees lit-up with thousands of fairy-lights, and a ice rink on an actual lake! Packed with food stalls, don’t go home without trying some Danish glogg – a mulled wine mixed with liquor and spices, nor miss out on Father Christmas doing the rounds.

Glogg toasting begins: 19 November – 31 December 2016 

This time of the year...🌲☃⭐️ #Tivoli #tivolichristmas #loveit #copenhagenchristmas

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Budapest, Hungary

Held at the centre of Budapest, this Christmas market is for the foodies amongst us – try chimney cake cooked over an open fire in an array of seasonal flavours, or perhaps some traditional goulash tickles your tastebuds. Don’t miss the beautiful Gerbaud House, here you’ll find a large-scale advent calendar - where behind each window is a piece of art waiting to be revealed. 

Christmas countdown starts: 19 November – 31 December 2016

#budapestchristmasmarket #feelingfestive #christmas2015 #Budapest Love Budapest at this time of year

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Vienna, Austria

All around Vienna you’ll find huts selling spiced wine and roasted chestnuts, but the main event is in the shadow of the impressive Wiener Rathaus building - Vienna’s City Hall. But for the ultimate Christmas movie feeling, book a Viennese ball, ballet. concert or opera, where the atmosphere will take you to Christmas past. 

Pack your best togs for: 11 November - 26 December 2016

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn is pretty much guaranteed snow, so it is no wonder the medieval town square is resembles a fairytale this time of year, but if that is not enough, it is actually where the first ever decorated Christmas tree was recorded. The market is packed with Christmas activities and stalls stacked with the region’s specialities - sauerkraut, vodka, amber jewellery and knitted jumpers anyone? And to warm you up after all the winter fun, underground candlelit bars provide boozy or more child-friendly hot chocolate.

Make snow angels: 18 November 2016 - 7 January 2017 


Bruges, Belgium

Look at pictures of Bruges at Christmas and you’d be forgiven for thinking it was made of Gingerbread. Sadly it isn’t, but Bruges won’t disappoint for tasty treats. Head to the Christmas market and you’ll find your christmas staples of mulled wine, marzipan cakes, and waffles, but disappear down windy lanes to discover chocolate shops galore and inns serving Belgian beers by cosy open fires. Plus you can take a ride in horse-drawn carriage.

Belgian chocolate coma begins: 25 November 2016 - 2 January 2017

Bath, UK

The centre of the beautiful Georgian city of Bath is transformed each winter when over 100 wooden stalls set up camp, offering visitors handcrafted jewellery, traditional wooden toys and tasty local produce, it’s also a great excuse to visit the ancient Roman Baths. And if your feet are tired from all that Christmas shopping and sightseeing, indulge yourself at the spa.  

Dip into Bath’s Christmas: 24 November - 11 December 2016

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