Christmas Markets: UK vs Overseas

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year… but should you take to the skies and visit a European Christmas market, or stay put and soak up the seasonal atmosphere within the UK? Check out the blog and watch the battle of the Christmas markets unfold!

Edinburgh vs Budapest


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Both Edinburgh and Budapest offer a rich historical landscape, bags of culture and towering castles that stand proud over the cities. Whether you choose the Scottish capital for your break away or the picturesque Hungarian city, you’re bound to have a memorable experience. The main difference? Edinburgh offers a traditional festive atmosphere with fair ground rides and quaint stalls, whereas Budapest hosts free concerts and handicraft shops for a modern, laid-back vibe.

London vs Amsterdam


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Everyone and their dog has heard of Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland in London; it’s the place to be for ice-skating, fairground rides, yummy festive food and unrivalled entertainment throughout the winter season. But how does its European counterpart stack up? Amsterdam is simply charming over Christmastime, with Dutch food and special canal cruises taking the helm. Amsterdam, similar to the UK capital, is also renowned for its ice-skating – so much so that the pond on Museumplein transforms into a rink for winter!

Manchester vs Berlin


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Visit Manchester and experience one of the most popular Christmas markets in the UK. With over 350 stalls to wander round across 10 unique locations, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Fancy getting away from it all instead? Head to Germany’s famous capital for a festive break with a difference. Berlin hosts a wide variety of markets, and is renowned for its huge array of traditional fair ground rides – so hold on tight!

Birmingham vs Vienna


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A trip to Vienna over the Christmas season is a must if you’re a lover of traditional festive activities and food. Try a glass of Viennese Christmas punch as you wander the vast array of stalls with friends in the Austrian capital. If you prefer to stay in the UK, visit the largest German Christmas market outside of Germany or Austria at Birmingham. With over 120 stalls to discover and plenty of schnitzels and bratwursts to munch on, it’s sure to be memorable.

York vs Paris


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The towering heights of the Gothic York Minster or the impressive architecture of Notre Dame? Whichever you chose, they’re totally picture-worthy! The famous Yorkshire city and France’s iconic capital both offer an inviting festive atmosphere with their markets. Parisians use Christmas markets as an opportunity to shop, so be ready for plenty of stalls selling a wide range of goods, from food and jewellery to clothing and gift ideas. The highlight of a trip to York’s market is most definitely a Scandi-sausage and warming glass of mulled wine in the chic Thor’s Tipi.

Liverpool vs Bruges


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Bruges is easily one of the most well-known Christmas market destinations, with its traditional Belgian food and plethora of seasonal activities. However, Liverpool is a great alternative! The city offers over 60 unique and varied stalls, as well as 3 outdoor German-style bars to cosy up in.

Feeling inspired? Take a peek at more Christmas Market offerings over on our dedicated web page.  

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