CHRISTMAS MARKETS 

If ever an excuse were needed to book a winter weekend break – in the UK, Europe or further afield – a Christmas market is a great one. Not only do you get the opportunity to source fabulous, original gifts for loved ones – you can also sample all kinds of regional treats and see your destination at its sparkling, most atmospheric best.

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There’s no better way to travel, than by private jet to embrace the joy of the festive season. Why not charter a private jet with friends and family to one of many European Christmas markets, whether it’s for the day or a weekend.

A private jet flight allows you to;

  1. Fly direct to your destination.
  2. Choose your departure time.
  3. Save valuable time by only having to arrive at the airport 20 minutes prior to departure.
  4. Travel in a safe and secure environment.

Here are our favourite markets for the coming festive season, all guaranteed to bring on some seasonal cheer.

1) Tate Modern, London

The British capital’s best Christmas market has the Millennium Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral as its magical backdrop, more than 70 wooden chalet-stalls, a traditional carousel for kids and a hog roast.

Must buy: Tiffany glassware.

2)Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

At Christmas the Danish capital’s charming 19th-century amusement park twinkles with more than half a million fairy lights by Tiffany & Co. Its market stalls sell everything from mulled wine and apple pancakes to porcelain and local crafts.

Must buy: Scandi sweaters.

3)Tampere

This market brings traditional treats and hand-made gifts from both Finland and Germany to the main square, including glöggi (mulled wine), as well as Santa visits, live performances and ice-sculptures. Make sure to go ice-dipping followed by a steaming sauna while you’re here.

Must buy: Modern Finnish artworks.

 4) Brussels

One of the world’s best-loved Christmas markets takes over the Belgian capital’s Grand’Place with tasting sessions, a dazzling light-and-south show, video-mapping on a church facade, a parade, a ferris wheel and an ice slalom. Alternatively, beautiful Bruges has another brilliant Belgian market.

Must buy: Hot chocolate, pralines and truffles.

5) Strasbourg

The Christkindelsmärik on Place Broglie in this historic Alsace city (dubbed ‘the Capital of Christmas’) dates back to 1570, but there are no less than 11 festive market sites throughout the centre, plus a children’s village, circus and ice rink. Make sure to take in a church concert too.

Must buy: bredele (biscuits to hang on Christmas trees).

6) Avignon

The one-time seat of the Catholic popes hosts a uniquely Provençal market on its Place de l’Horloge, plus a Chemin des Crèches – a series of animated, illuminated nativity scenes. The entire city centre becomes a fairyland of lights, and there are folk dances and parades including Santa on his sled, clowns and movie characters.

Must buy: a santon (traditional nativity figure).

7) Basel

Switzerland’s largest Christmas market takes over Barfüsserplatz and the cathedral-side Münsterplatz in the medieval Old Town with its 100-plus illuminated trees. More than 180 artisan stalls sell everything from fossils to folk art, plus culinary delights including waffles, glühwein, Swiss raclette and grilled sausages.

Must buy: Basel Läckerli (gingerbread).

8) Heidelberg

Germany is king when it comes to Christmas markets, but few match Heidelberg with its castle backdrop and winding medieval alleys scented by roasted chestnuts, almonds and cinnamon. There’s also an ice rink said to be the country’s most beautiful, a Santa’s house, a historic carousel and nativity scenes. Alternatively, try the lovely markets in Heidelberg, Cologne, Munich, Berlin (Schloss Charlottenburg) and Frankfurt.

Must buy: Heidelberg honey.

9) Prague

The Czech capital’s medieval Old Town Square is the perfect setting for a Christmas market featuring daily carol-singing and a vast array of hearty traditional food and drink, including barbecued pork, blood sausages, muffins and mead.

Must-buy: Hand-carved wooden toys.

10) Budapest

Vörösmarty Square is the focal point for Hungarian festivities, with wooden chalet-stalls, light shows, a Magic Garden playhouse and outdoor stages hosting music, dance and puppet shows. Santa puts on an appearance on 6th Dec. Try local delicacies including honey cookies, kürtös kalács (a popular pastry) and roast goose and pork.

Must buy: the region’s ‘liquid gold’ – cold-pressed pumpkin seed oil

11) Vienna

Of the 20 festive markets held in the Austrian capital in a tradition harking back to the 13th-century Krippenmark, the Magic of Advent in front of City Hall is the most delightful, with stalls, carol-singing by international choirs, celebrity storytelling and a children’s area with Christmas cookie and candle making.

Must buy: Christkindlmarkt Punsch (special-edition punch)

12) Christmas Circle Holiday Market, New York

The Big Apple’s best-located festive market takes place by the south west entrance of Central Park and features food and hand-made gifts from top artisans and designers, from wooden puzzles and gingerbread houses to French truffles and bagel balls filled with flavoured cream cheese. There’s even a market concierge to guide you around the 100-or-so stalls – and afterwards you can take a fairytale carriage ride through the snowy park.

Must-buy: spices from L’Epicerie.

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