By Eromosele Patrick Eidusi
Tis (very nearly) the season for mulled wine, mince pies and present buying, so how better to get into the festive spirit than with a European winter break to start your shopping? Just in case Europe is on your radar, here are top destinations in England that are majestic for visiting:
Just in case you find yourself in England, if you don’t want to travel too far touring round for Christmas shopping experience, try Bath’s traditional market, as over 170 wooden chalets selling artisan goods line the city’s pretty Georgian streets.
Don’t miss the stall just outside the impressive Bath Abbey, which is bathed in light for the festive period.
Famed for chocolate and beer – and accessible by the Eurostar – it’s unsurprising that the Belgium capital is a heavenly haven for winter weekends and is perfect for perusing Christmas markets.
Don’t Miss the opulent Grote Market, Brussels’s Central Square, is a must-see, as is the annual Christmas Parade.
In London, there are two main destinations to choose from when it comes to Christmas markets – the Southbank and Winter Wonderland both boast a wide selection of traditional chalets to shop from.
Don’t miss a skate around the rink at Hyde Park, or Somerset House, or the National History Museum – there are just too many to choose from.
Home to the oldest Christmas market In Europe (dating back to 1540), the 300-plus stalls will keep you occupied for hours.
Don’t miss the great Christmas tree – located in the central square of place Kleber – makes for a show stopping centerpiece.
The Christmas market in the Centre of Birmingham – a combination of a German and a craft market – is the largest outside Germany and Austria and draws crowds to the city for a spot of shopping (and a lot of mulled wine) during the festive period.
Don’t miss: it’s all about the food – enjoy a glass of gluhwein, a German Bratwurst and a chocolate-covered crepe.
The medieval architecture of Nuremberg makes it an ideal Yuletide destination – particularly as it is less than a two – hour plane trip from London.
Don’t Miss the world-famous Christkindlesmarkt and the beautiful Old Town are the most festive hot spots.
They say that nowhere is lovelier than paris in spring, but the City of Light is unsurprisingly majestic in the Colder months too, with the centre’s many monuments illuminated shop windows glittering and Christmas markets galore.
Don’t miss the lights across the city, and the 27-metre-high tree at The Galeries Lafayette.
The Swedish city of Stockholm is perfect for either a traditional or contemporary festive visit and the markets are the best places to do your festive shopping beneath the sparkling seasonal adornments.
Drinking glogg (it might be the same as mulled wine but it’s much more fun to say) and eating the homemade gingerbread.
The season of Advent brings festive concerts and shows, as well as classic Christmas markets, to the pretty squares in the romantic Austrian Capital.
Don’t miss the Alt Wiener Weihnachtsmarkt at Freyung for traditional shopping, the local delicacy of mulled wine and orange juice and the annual Christmas Eve celebration at Weikersdorf Castle.
Forget Christmas, it’s all about Hogmanay in Edinburgh. From Spectacular firework displays to Shetland Vikings bearing firelit torches, the Scottish capital is the best place to ring in the New Year.
Don’t miss a rousing rendition of Auld Lang Syne as the clock strikes twelve.
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