For many people, Christmas begins as soon as they buy that first gift for a loved one. Whether you’re searching the aisles in September or you like leaving it to the last minute, the whole idea of Christmas shopping reminds us just how exciting the whole thing is going to be! Seeing friends, all of the family getting together, delicious food (and far too much of it) and general festive cheer makes Christmas the best time of year…
Understandably though, it can get tiring of visiting the same old shops every year and buying the same gifts – to make this festive season the most exciting one yet, why don’t you join us as we explore some of the best Christmas Markets across Europe…
The ‘City of Love’ takes Christmas to the next level. One of the most romantic cities in the world guarantees to take it up a notch in winter and plays host to some of the most incredible Christmas markets in Europe. The streets look spectacular with an atmosphere like no other, creating an amazing, romantic mood you can’t help but fall for. It’s already up there on the list of our favourite cities in the world, which means you’re guaranteed to have a break to remember with a Eurostar Christmas break to Paris! In a little over two hours you can be strolling around the streets, crepe in one hand and shopping bags in the other, looking for the perfect gifts. With its sparkling illuminations, wondrous smells and charming festive music, Paris will steal your heart and your Christmas savings!
There won’t be many settings more beautiful at Christmas than medieval Bruges, with an abundance of cobbled streets, historic buildings and horses and carts plodding by. A huge variety of illuminated Christmas Markets are located on Simon Stevin Plein and Markt Square, forming a ring around an open-air ice rink and creating a scene you’d expect from a big budget movie. Our Bruges Eurostar breaks can get you to this beautiful city in less than four hours, and with such stunning scenery along the way you’ll be there before you know it.
Stretching over a massive two kilometres, Brussels Christmas Market is hailed as one of the most original markets in Europe! It includes stalls, chalets, attractions, activities and terraces, everything you could possibly need for the perfect festive experience. People come to enjoy the food and drink, stock up on delicacies for the holiday period and gifts for loved ones, or to buy a souvenir of this excellent event. As the route is located in the heart of the capital of Europe, visitors can discover the charms of Brussels in winter-time, not to mention the friendliness of its citizens and the numerous seasonal traditions of many other countries and cultures. Our Eurostar trips to Brussels will have you full of festive cheer in around 2 hours.
If you enjoy Christmas, you’ll fall in love with Lille. From November 22nd to December 30th, 90 wooden chalets line the streets of the quaint town in Northern France, offering delicious festive food, arts & crafts and the most unique homemade gifts you could ever dream of. A stunning Ferris wheel turns in the main square which is transformed into a breathtaking winter wonderland, dominated by an 18-metre high Christmas tree. Shop windows compete to be the most original, and the shops in the city offer something for every taste and every budget. Our Lille Eurostar breaks can get you there in an hour and a half, meaning Christmas shopping heaven is within easy reach.
Amsterdam comes to life at Christmas time. Whether you’re seeking shopping inspiration, ice-skating fun, or just a sweet snack under the fairy lights, there are seasonal treats to be found both in and outside central Amsterdam. With traditional Christmas markets for gifts and toys to flower and food markets for those unique little stocking fillers, Amsterdam’s usual charm flourishes at this time of year. Make a full trip of it and take one of our Amsterdam Eurostar breaks!
Are you feeling festive yet? If you are, make sure you take a look at our exciting range of Eurostar breaks, taking you to some of the most beautiful destinations across Europe. Plus, even if you’re not feeling festive yet, a trip to a European Christmas Market is sure to fix that… Happy shopping!