New York really gets into the festive spirit, so the Christmas markets are the ideal excuse for visiting the Big Apple on a city break. Head to Bryant Park for their Winter Village, which is packed with stalls selling delicious treats and gifts. Plus, practise your skating skills on the ice rink. If you prefer the thought of an indoor market, opt for the Grand Central Holiday Fair, where you’ll find locally-made goods including art, accessories, toys, jewellery, and clothing. And when you’ve finished your shopping, you’re not far from the Empire State Building, so round off your trip with a visit to the iconic skyscraper.
To get the real European Christmas market experience, head to Prague. There are two main spots to visit, and you can see both on the same trip. Find the city’s biggest market at the Old Town Square, while the second largest at nearby Wenceslas Square is just five minutes away. Expect caroling, Czech crafts, Christmas trees, and food like spit-roasted ham, pancakes, and barbequed sausages. The Christmas tree lights are switched on in both squares every evening, accompanied by live music – grab some medovina, a hot honey wine, to sip on while you watch the show. Plus, the markets are open on Christmas Day too, if you’re around for the big event.
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Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, has the ideal weather for your Christmas market excursion. It starts snowing in Iceland from December, creating a winter wonderland just in time for the festive season. Head out into the Heiðmörk woods on the outskirts of the city for the annual craft market and Christmas tree sale. Alongside exploring the wooden stalls, you’ll be treated to poetry readings and live music from writers and musicians, plus performances by choirs and psychics. Each day sees the lighting of a small fire and a reading session for kids, too.
Did you know you can find a German-style Christmas market in Bangkok? Treat yourself to a warm Christmas break with average daily temperatures sitting at 26C, without missing out on your favourite traditions, like German pastries and mulled wine. There are also cosy board games and creative workshops like glass painting and bag making to get stuck into, so you can make the perfect stocking filler to take home. Thai Christmas markets only tend to hang around for a few days, so make sure you check the dates before setting off.
As the home of Santa Claus himself, Lapland offers up the ultimate Christmas market break. Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi has loads for little ones, including reindeer rides and excursions to the ‘forest of the elves’. Meanwhile, fill your bags with Finnish goodies, and your bellies with traditional food and drink. Or, head further north to visit the Levi Christmas Market, a magical, snow-covered village where you can watch fairy lights twinkling as you browse the crafts and goods on offer, then warm up with a spiced wine.
Situated on the banks of Chao Phraya River, provides a free shuttle boat to the nearest skytrain station. From here, you can get around easily and see the sights of Bangkok.
The Fosshotel Reykjavik is the largest hotel in Iceland, and comes with stylish interiors, a near-the-city location and a beer garden.
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