With just a few weeks left until Christmas, it’s time to deck the halls with holly and get into the yuletide swing of things. And what better way to get into the festive spirit than a visit to a Christmas market in gorgeous Europe? I decided to give you the lowdown on the cheeriest, the prettiest and the quirkiest of European markets so all you have to do it pack your scarf and book your flights!
Market: Vörösmarty Square
With its cobbled streets and awe-inspiring architecture Budapest is always a joy to explore but come December it becomes the epitome of Christmas. Bundle up from the cold and stroll around Vörösmarty Square Christmas Market which is bursting with cute wooden huts offering traditional Christmas decorations. Fill your belly with delicious traditional food and piping hot drinks, and watch as carols are sung. A truly festive atmosphere.
Where to stay: Budapest Marriott Hotel
Make lasting memories at the Budapest Marriott Hotel with 394 thoughtfully designed, spacious hotel rooms and an exceptional location in the centre of the city centre, just moments from the Vörösmarty Square Christmas market. After a long chilly day of exploring the city of Budapest, treat yourself to an exquisite meal at the Mediterranean Grill restaurant where guests will find a mix of artfully prepared Hungarian-Mediterranean flavours.
Market: Montreux Noël
On the shores of Lake Geneva to the neighbouring mountain tops, Montreux’s Christmas market has one of Switzerland’s most picturesque settings. Montreux Noël offers many activities centred around its traditional Christmas Market to please visitors of all ages. You can visit Santa, who comes directly from far away Lapland to his house at the Rochers-de-Naye, discover an authentic Christmas Village in Caux, or stroll through the Medieval Enchantment within the walls of the legendary Château de Chillon.
Where to Stay: Crowne Plaza Geneva
With 366 exclusively designed rooms and some with great panoramic views, the Crowne Plaza Geneva offers a clean and modern hotel which is perfect for your snowy adventure. Enjoy the trendy bar, 2 restaurants offering international cuisine, and fitness centre, all within a short distance to the city centre.
Market: L’Arche de Noël à la Défense/Champs Elysées
Head to the L’Arche de Noël à la Défense, one of the largest of all the Christmas markets in Paris and certainly one of the merriest. It’s 300 plus stalls are packed full of festive decorations and yummy treats. Or head to the Champs Elysées Market (one of the most famous shopping streets) for the most beautiful sight of twinkling fairy lights, pretty little wooden chalets set up in long rows, and people selling crafts, sweets, artwork, and jewellery.
Where to Stay: Crowne Plaza Paris République
Nestled in a historic building complete with a beautiful inner courtyard, the Crowne Plaza Paris République provides ultimate style and comfort in its 328 rooms. With major metro lines on its doorstep, this hotel hugs the Place de la République, the city’s largest pedestrian plaza. The scenic Canal Saint-Martin is just steps away along with some of the best shopping, dining and entertainment venues in Paris.
Market: Winter Wonders
Nestled in the heart of Brussels, the Winter Wonders Christmas market is a perfect blend of tradition and modernity. Walk around 240 wooden chalets where your eyes and taste buds will be treated to specialities from all around the world before finding the best present to buy. At nightfall, magical lights, colourful decorations and a warm atmosphere will all contribute to sharing some truly magic moments.
Where to stay: Warrick Brussels
Grand not only in name but also in comfort, style and location, the Warwick Brussels blends classic charm with the added convenience of modern accommodations. The Grand Place, Le Square Convention Centre and Manneken Pis are all but a stone’s throw from the hotel’s doorstep, putting guests in the centre of Belgium’s awe-inspiring architecture and welcoming culture.
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