Catch the Twinkling Lights of a Christmas Market

Catch the Twinkling Lights of a Christmas Market

The aroma of mulled wine amongst quaint wooden huts adorned with unique gifts is a wonderful Christmas shopping tradition. Christmas Markets can be found in many towns and cities across the UK and Europe and each offer something different. Take a look at a selection that are within short flight times from Southampton Airport.

Düsseldorf

As Germany is THE birthplace of the Christmas market, Düsseldorf is a must - the Rhine turns into a magical festive world staged across seven locations simultaneously.

What’s different: At the Christmas market on Marktplatz, hop on a restored 100 year old merry-go-round and see the hand-carved life-sized manger from Bethlehem.

Market dates: 17th Nov to 23rd Dec 2016 - Fly with: Flybe - Flight time: 1 hour 45 mins

Photo courtesy of Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourismus GmbH

Manchester

With nearly 350 festooned stall, this Christmas market is one of the largest in the UK and winds through Manchester’s most eye-catching streets and stalls.

What’s different: Famous for serving a traditional bratwurst however you can also treat yourself to Hungarian goulash, Spanish paella or a good old-fashioned hog roast.

Market dates: 10th Nov to 21st Dec 16 - Fly with: Flybe - Flight time: 60 mins

Amsterdam

Amsterdam is transformed into a city of festive light with illuminated walking routes, street entertainers and

fairground attractions.

What’s different: With over 26 market areas to choose from, there’s a festive market to suit everyone - the most famous being in Keukenhof.

Gift ideas: From organic produce and sustainable gifts to fashion and design wares from local designers

Fly with: KLM and Flybe - Flight time: just over 60 minutes

Edinburgh

Grab your stocking fillers at Edinburgh’s traditional Christmas market in the heart of the city.

What’s different: Pick up presents for the ‘wee’ ones in your life at the Children’s Market, part of Santa Land in Princes Street Gardens.

Market dates: 19th Nov to 7th Jan 2017 - Fly with: Flybe - Flight time: in just under 1 hour 30 mins

Munich

Munich is home to the oldest Christmas market in the city with origins reported to date back to the 14th century.

What’s different: From the balcony of the Town Hall in Marienplatz, Christmas carols are performed by Bavarian musicians and singers every evening at 5.30 p.m (December 24th at 12 noon).

Market dates: 25th Nov to 24th Dec 2016 - Fly with: bmi regional or Flybe - Flight time: 1 hour 45 mins

And these are just a few of the great destinations you can get to from Southampton Airport for your Christmas break this winter! For more information click here.