While Birmingham has its own Christmas market which brings beers and bratwursts a plenty, other cities across Europe are home to some of the best in the world – and they’re all just a plane ride away.
From the twinkling streets of Prague to stylish stalls in Paris, we’ve rounded up 10 of the most stunning Christmas markets that you can visit for a last-minute trip with direct flights from Birmingham Airport.
A popular destination all year around, Amsterdam really does come into its own at Christmas time.
Head to the Museumplein and skate in front of the Rijksmuseum at ICE*Amsterdambefore browsing the stalls under the lights with a glass of mulled wine in-hand. And if you thought the canals were a beautiful sight during the day, then you won’t want to miss the Amsterdam Light Festival, which features spectacular art installations across the city.
Decked in fairy lights, the Spanish city of Barcelona is truly a sight to behold at Christmas.
With a host of markets to explore, it won’t be long before you soak up the festival atmosphere that Barcelona has to offer. A trip to the Gothic Quarter is an absolute must, while foodies won’t want to miss the Van Van Passeig de Gràcia gastro market.
With its charming cobbled streets and signature chocolate shops, Brussels is home to a diverse range of Christmas markets.
Whether you’re searching for delicious food, somewhere undercover, a place surrounded in trees and lights, or even vintage stalls, you’re sure to find something to suit you. Depending on when you plan to visit, you can catch everything from magical fireworks displays to live concerts in the ollegial Church of Saint Peter and Saint Guido.
While Christmas markets may have originated in Germany, Budapest is actually home to the biggest markets in Europe!
Situated in the heart of Vörösmarty Square, the markets are filled with a host of stalls offering trinkets alongside tasty food and drink from hot chocolates to Hungarian cookies. Make your way to St. Stephen’s Basilica and you’ll find another Christmas market alongside an ice rink surrounded in beautiful decorations.
The Christmas tree at Galeries Lafayette.
Bonjour! Fancy heading to the fashion capital of the world this Christmas? Paris is the perfect option if you don’t feel like travelling too far.
While markets can be found dotted across the city, you must squeeze in time to check out the incredible Christmas displays in the leading fashion stores including Dior and Louis Vuitton. If fashion isn’t your thing, hop on a festive boat tour or head to the top of the Eiffel Tower for an unbeatable view.
Copenhagen offers a truly magical Christmas experience with a Scandinavian twist.
With six markets to choose from across the capital, you can surround yourself in beautiful historical surroundings while indulging in delicious sweet treats from freshly-cooked doughnuts to tempting hot chocolates. Make your way to the Kronborg Castle Market to explore more than 100 stalls before exploring the city on a horse-draw carriage.
The beautiful city of Kraków offers a charming market alongside traditional hot spots that make for a beautiful city break.
Running throughout November and December, the Rynek Glowny Market offers everything from a huge Christmas tree, an abundance of decorations and plenty of stalls stocking everything you could possibly want. If you want a break from the markets, why not indulge in the local cuisine or check out the Christmas Contest.
If the ultimate winter wonderland is what you’re after, then look no further than Prague.
With six markets all offering something different, you can discover everything from luxurious festive food and drink at the Peace Square Market, or marvel at the stunning Prague Castle. Pick up some local produce before enjoying free live entertainment, all complete with lights and a show-stopping Christmas tree.
Immerse yourself in a city of true beauty as Vienna transforms its streets for the most wonderful time of the year.
Belvedere Palace should be high up on your list of spots to visit during your stay. With a dazzling backdrop, over 40 festive stalls, it’s more than enough to put you in the festive spirit. Other musts are the enchanting Vienna Magic of Advent Market, Altwiener Christkindlmarket and the Maria Theresien Platz Market.
Fill your senses with cinnamon, bratwursts and mulled wine with a trip to Stuttgart.
Running from November 23 – December 23, this picturesque market is filled with stalls selling everything from local honey, sweets, candles and toys that’ll make perfect gifts for you to take back home. There’s also an ice rink and plenty of live entertainment taking place. Full details of this year’s market can be found here.