Best Christmas Markets 2020
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Most of us love to visit a Christmas market over the festive period, and there's no doubt that Europe has some of the best in the world. The tradition originated in Germany as long ago as the Middle Ages, and the region still boasts some of the best Christmas markets in 2020. Other European countries have embraced the idea, and cities from Copenhagen to Kraków have become popular destinations in the run-up to Christmas. Here at Voyage Privé, you'll find some great deals on accommodation in some of the most popular European cities.
Salzburg Christmas Market takes place in Residenz Square in the city centre. It features events such as choral singing in front of the cathedral, wind instruments and nativity exhibits. Also in the heart of the city is the luxuriously furnished Hotel Sacher, the perfect setting from which to explore Salzburg and its festive market. With two restaurants and a bar, the hotel provides wonderful views over the Salzach river and the city's graceful domes.
The Charlottenburg Palace provides the backdrop for Berlin's sumptuous Christmas market. Along with a host of traditional market stalls, many of the city's restaurants offer culinary delights in heated tents. Located in the vibrant Friedrichshain district of the city, the Almodóvar Biohotel is fitted out in contemporary style using natural materials, but there has been no compromise on comfort and luxury.
This city centre Christmas celebration is steeped in Eastern European tradition but flavoured with contemporary features. Along with handmade Hungarian crafts, be prepared for flash mobs and a spectacular light show on the facade of St Stephen's Basilica. The elegant and stylish Mamaison Hotel is located just off the city's Andrássy Avenue, which has been recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Its central location means the sights of the city (and the Christmas market of course) are within easy reach.
While Bath's planned Christmas market is not going ahead this year, a scaled-down Christmas event will still take place. With spectacular Christmas lights, decorations and entertainment, there will still be plenty to enjoy in the streets of this charming city over the festive season. Located in the heart of Bath, the Apex is just a short walk from the Roman Baths and the main shopping areas. Guests can start the day with a delicious breakfast, while facilities include a gym, pool, bar and restaurant.
Voted Lonely Planet's 'Top City to Visit in 2019', Copenhagen is a treat at any time of the year, but especially at Christmas. Visitors can enjoy a traditional Danish yuletide at the Christmas Market, which is held in the world-famous Tivoli Gardens and the city's Nyhavn. The Skt Petri is located in the fashionable Latin Quarter, a vibrant district of shops, cafés, bars and restaurants. It's also within walking distance of many of the city's most popular attractions.
The Christmas market in Kraków takes place in the city's main market square, which is just a short walk from the welcoming Yarden Hotel. Visitors can look forward to plenty of festive sparkle at the market and stalls filled with traditional crafts. The city itself is steeped in medieval history, and its fairytale charm makes it the ideal destination to visit over the festive period. Known as the cultural capital of Poland, its cobbled alleyways are dotted with welcoming cafés and restaurants.
Although the usual market will not take place this year, an alternative Winter Island event has been announced near the city's Picadilly over the Christmas period. Visitors can still look forward to festive food, drink and entertainment, and a warm festive welcome in Manchester. The four-star Mercure Manchester Picadilly is right next door and the perfect starting point for a voyage of discovery. There are some great shops here and plenty to see, and Manchester's nightlife is legendary.
This year Brussels Christmas Market is due to cover a large area in the centre of the city, featuring an ice skating rink along with the traditional stalls. Even the smallest streets are lit, and the decorations are a sight to behold. With its high ceilings, elegant French facades and intricate tapestries, the sense of luxury at the Hotel Le Plaza is all-encompassing. Conveniently located in the city centre, it's just a five minute Metro ride to attractions like the Grand Place.
Although plans have been amended, Christmas celebrations will still be going ahead in the historic and vibrant city of Edinburgh. There will still be numerous stalls in various parts of the city centre, backed up by some festive fairground attractions. From the Apex Grassmarket, there are impressive views of Edinburgh's famous castle. Guests can kick off the day with a splendid complementary breakfast, before setting out to explore this charming city at Christmas.
With its fairytale appearance, the historic centre of Gda?sk is the perfect place to be over the festive season. The people of Gda?sk pull out all the stops at this special time of year, and the scenery at the Christmas Fair is breathtaking. The Radisson in Gda?sk is a magical spot in which to spend some time at Christmas. Welcoming rooms, along with an excellent spa with pool and sauna, make this the perfect choice for a relaxing festive break.
The popularity of Christmas markets has grown immensely in recent years, and the cities that host them have benefited from an increase in visitors. Markets like Manchester are huge and sprawling, while others are more compact but offer different attractions. We believe our selection of festive destinations offers some of the best Christmas markets in 2020. The final choice is yours, but with some great deals on offer from Voyage Privé, don't leave it too long!