It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and there’s no better way to get into the festive spirit than to visit one of the European hallmarks of Christmas, the Christmas market. Think mulled wine, hand crafted decorations, roasted chestnuts and spectacular lights. Rent a holiday cottage near a Christmas market this year and enjoy the best of the festive season in Germany, Holland, Austria or Belgium.
Visit a christmas market in Germany
The history of the Christmas market goes back to the late middle ages and you won’t find Christmas markets more steeped in history and tradition than the ones in Germany. You can find Christmas markets all over the country, but the biggest are in Berlin, Munich and Cologne. The smell of cinnamon and mulled wine permeate the air, and guests can combine shopping with sightseeing and sipping on a warming beverage. Bratwurst is one of the most popular street snacks, along with gingerbread and other delicious delicacies. If you’re planning on visiting one of the Christmas markets in Berlin, the Wintertraum Christmas market is ideal for families. There are activities and attractions for all ages, so while the kids enjoy themselves, the adults can treat themselves to a glass of spiced wine! What about a Christmas holiday at Ferienpark Rübezahl? This beautiful holiday park is close to Berlin and surrounded by breathtaking nature.
Christmas markets in Holland
While the Christmas market isn’t a traditionally Dutch affair, they have adopted the idea and given it their own twist at one of the greatest Christmas markets in Europe. The Christmas market in Valkenburg takes place in one of the oldest caves in South Limburg, the Velvet Cave. Closely connected to the impressive Castle Ruins in Valkenburg, the Velvet Cave dates back to the 11th or 12th century. The cave is a mild 12 degrees all year round, meaning it’s the only Christmas market you’ll find that doesn’t necessitate wrapping up! When you visit, you’ll be given a grand tour of the cave where you’ll be able to admire the impressive mural paintings, sculptures, chapel and market stalls packed with Christmas gifts. Father Christmas will also be there, as will some delicious Dutch delicacies! Have a look at our holiday parks near Valkenburg and enjoy a fantastic Christmas holiday.
Festive markets in Belgium
The Christmas market in Brussels is very popular among British holiday makers due to its proximity to the UK. Just a short train ride from London, it’s easy for tourists to pop over to Brussels for a winter wonderland weekend hassle free. The market in Brussels is set in the stunning Place Saint Catherine and hosts over 200 chalet stalls selling treats of all sorts – including edible treats! There’s a children’s ice rink for the littlest guests and plenty to do for all ages. If you want to head to another part of Belgium, Antwerp and Bruges have fantastic Christmas markets which offer something unique for your festive break. Bruges, which is also known as the Venice of the North due to its many picturesque canals, boasts one of the most enchanting Christmas markets in Europe. Take a canal cruise, enjoy some traditional Belgian beer and soak up the atmosphere! Have a look at our holiday parks near Bruges and enjoy a fantastic family getaway.
Book a holiday park near a Christmas market
Whether you’re looking for a winter sports holiday in Europe and want something special to do during your getaway, or want to have a city break this year in a city that celebrates Christmas with plenty of cheer, we have the right park for you. Enjoy a fantastic Christmas getaway for less with HolidayParkSpecials.co.uk.