Mango Loves: Europe’s Best Christmas Markets
With those sleigh-bells faintly ringing in the distance, Christmas has come around once again and this year we’re fully embracing all things festive! From mince pies for breakfast to visiting as many Christmas Markets as we possibly can between now and the 25th of December, we’re all about embracing the Christmas spirit! So, if you’re looking for a little bit of festive-inspiration, then we’ve gathered up a few of Europe’s best Christmas Markets which need to be on your December to-do list.
Europe’s Best Christmas Markets: Monte-Carlo
Only a 2 hour flight from London, Monte-Carlo is the perfect destination for a 48-hour Christmas escape. In between exploring Monte-Carlo’s exclusive designer boutiques and globally renowned restaurants, guests can visit the Christmas Village that takes place in Port Hercule in Quai Albert 1er. Rustic wooden chalets, a Ferris wheel, ice- skating and Christmassy culinary delights all play a part in bringing Monte-Carlo’s vibrant Christmas Village to life – making it an ideal opportunity to shop for gifts for loved ones.
End the day by dining at Le Vistamar in the elegant Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo, just a short walk from the market, where gastronomy and wellness go hand in hand. Chef Witz has created a gourmet menu that is both healthy and bursting with flavour, all to be enjoyed on one of Monaco’s most picturesque terraces.
Europe’s Best Christmas Markets: Bath, Somerset
The picturesque Georgian streets of Bath will be taken over by 160 twinkling chalets and food stalls this month as the award-winning Christmas Market returns, making it the perfect place to soak up that festive feeling. From unique homeware to personalised presents crafted by local makers and artisans, visitors are sure to be able to tick off their Christmas shopping lists, all while sipping on spiced mulled wine and hot chocolate.
After a long day of shopping, visitors can retreat to No.15 Great Pulteney, Bath’s quirkiest boutique hotel. Whether guests choose to unwind in the cedarwood hot tub with a glass of bubbly in hand or indulge in some midnight snacks in bed, sourced from the hotel’s very own communal larder – the hotel promises to be the cherry on top of a perfect Christmas break.
Europe’s Best Christmas Markets: Copenhagen
Denmark’s picturesque capital city plays host to one of Europe’s most iconic Christmas markets, at the world-famous Tivoli Gardens from mid-November until the end of December each year. The gardens provide a wonderful fairytale setting including colourful stores selling traditional handicrafts and festive food and drink and a spectacular light show over the beautiful Tivoli Lake. Other Christmas markets can be found in the historic Nyhavn district, where stalls sell tempting apple dumplings and glogg; a warming Scandinavian mulled wine that will be sure to warm your cockles.
With so much to do and see, let someone else do the hard-work for you and opt for Wexas Travel’s three-night city-break which will allow you plenty of time to explore Copenhagen’s Christmas markets as well as spend some time exploring the rest of the city, including Rosenberg Castle and Stroeget, Europe’s longest pedestrian shopping street.
Europe’s Best Christmas Markets: London
Whether you live in London or are just visiting for the festive period, there’s plenty to see and do as the Capital comes to life this Christmas. Be sure to stroll down to the vibrant Southbank for the return of their enchanting Winter Market and pop-ups which will offer the very best in global street food, an ongoing programme of family shows, twinkling lights, festive fun and plenty of seasonal delights for all to enjoy.
End your moonlit walk along the River Thames, at the newly opened Bankside Hotel, perfectly perched at the end of Blackfriars Bridge. Before slipping away to your suite, be sure to stop of at the hotel’s restaurant, Art Yard Bar and Kitchen where Head Chef Lee Streeton has created an indulgent menu celebrating the very best of British produce. Sit back, sip cocktails and simply admire the contemporary and mid-century art adorning the walls and amazing views of the river and St Pauls.
Europe’s Best Christmas Markets: Madrid
For those looking to add a little Spanish flair to their magical Christmas escape, then it doesn’t get much better than the bustling central capital of Madrid. From mid-November until end of December, visitors can explore one of the oldest and most iconic Christmas markets at the Plaza Mayor. Alternatively, visitors can stroll over to Feria Dulces de Navidad – an indulgent one-of-a-kind affair where you can buy all kinds of Spanish Christmas sweets, perfect for those with a sweet tooth!
Travellers can enjoy the local festivities and magical atmosphere of the city from Barceló Torre de Madrid which is situated in the Plaza de España – the capital’s popular theatre district overlooking the iconic Gran Via.
Europe’s Best Christmas Markets: Riga, Latvia
The majestic Daugava River divides Riga into two parts, with the city’s old town occupying the eastern side. It’s here where visitors will find many of Riga’s old buildings and churches as well as its Grand Christmas Market, located in the beautiful Dome Square in the heart of the old town. Local handicrafts, handmade decorations, candles, painted silk and ornate glassware are just some of the items for sale while mulled wine, gingerbreads and tasty Latvian sausages provide the festive refreshments.
In order to get the most out of your trip, rest in the knowledge of travel experts Wexas who will arrange the ultimate all-inclusive Christmas Market itinerary, including flights and accommodation.