Halloween is well and truly over, so now we can finally get into the Christmas spirit. And what better way than a trip to one of the many gorgeous markets dotted all over Europe.
Pick up a few trinkets, have a stroll around the town a glass of eggnog – or probably an Irish whiskey – in hand, and enjoy a few drinks in the snow as you soak up the atmosphere.
Stuck for ideas? Here are our top five markets to hit this winter.
The home of the Christmas market, and delicious craft beer, Berlin is your one stop shop for everything festive. You should be able to pick up a fairly cheap Ryanair flight to the capital – or more likely just outside the city – but it will be worth it. You will find stalls selling scrumptious food, gorgeous jewellery and traditional festive decorations.
The Brussels Christmas market, Brussels' Winter Wonders, is only a quick flight away and is definitely a good contender if you don’t want to stray too far from home. Pick up a few pressies and enjoy live animations at the same time.
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.
Located at Tivoli Gardens, the Hans Christian Andersen Christmas fair will have you feeling like you just stepped into a fairytale. Walk among the stalls which will be covered in hundreds of lights takeaway cup of hot chocolate in hand.
Galway Continental Market
Can’t afford to shop and pay for flights? Don’t worry, the Galway Christmas market is actually pretty incredible. Starting on Friday, 21st November, you can enjoy the live entertainment, drink German beers from the German Bierkeller and pick up a few pressies. We’re hoping for snow this year to make it that extra bit special.