The festive season is almost upon us and you might feel a bit like it's snuck up on you. After all, we've been putting off booking things after Christmas 2020 was cancelled.
But, now we're ready to celebrate and want to get the ball – or should we say bauble – rolling for some cracking December plans.
After being stuck in the UK for the best part of two years, you're probably ready to visit somewhere new.
And, although the sun season is over in many parts of Europe, there are some truly wonderful Christmas markets that are well worth a visit instead!
You can visit many magical markets for a super cheap price too if you know where to look for low cost return flights.
Campervan rental platform, PaulCamper , has put together a list of the most picturesque Christmas markets to visit this year for less than £25 for a return flight.
Check them out below…
1. Wrocław Christmas Market (Jarmark Bożonarodzeniowy Wrocław)- from £10pp Return
This Christmas market located in Wroclaw, Poland is number eight on the list of the most picturesque Christmas markets in Europe, with 18,605 uses of the hashtag #jarmarkbozonarodzeniowywroclaw on Instagram.
There are plenty of opportunities to try the local and regional cuisine.
Organisers recommend guests try Oscypek, a special smoked cheese from the Polish mountains you won't find anywhere else than in Poland. You will also be able to find plenty of sausages, bigos, skewers, potato pancakes and more typical dishes from Poland too.
The Wroclaw Christmas Market 2021 will be open from 19th November 2021 to 31st December 2021.
2. Winter Wonderland in Spikersuppa (Jul i Vinterland) – from £11pp Return
Jul i Vinterland in Oslo, Norway is number 12 on the list of most picturesque Christmas Markets in Europe with 12,519 uses of the hashtag #julivinterland.
Return flights from Manchester to Oslo cost just £11pp departing Wednesday, 1 Dec and returning Sunday, 5 Dec.
It takes place by the Spikersuppa skating rink on Oslo’s main high street, Karl Johans gate, a mere stone’s throw from the Royal Palace. The market features delightful food stalls, a romantic ice skating rink, and brand new family attractions including a new Ferris wheel!
Jul I Vinterland will be open from 13th November 2021 to 2nd January 2022.
3. Advent in Zagreb (Advent u Zagrebu) – from £20pp Return
The number one most Instagrammable Christmas market in the study with 68,315 hashtag uses, Advent in Zagreb in Croatia is also cheap to visit.
Return flights from London Stansted to Zagreb cost just £20pp departing Friday, 3 Dec returning Tuesday, 7 Dec, perfect for a last minute winter long weekend getaway.
Zagreb’s Advent offers a rich cultural and entertaining program with a multitude of content and events during which the Croatian capital lives in a special atmosphere.
Advent in Zagreb will take place between 27th November 2021 – 7th January 2022.
4. Wonderland Lisboa – from £21pp Return
Wonderland Lisboa in Lisbon is the 13th most Instagrammed Christmas market in Europe with 12,414 hashtags.
Return flights from London Stansted to Lisbon start from just £21pp departing Saturday, 4 Dec returning Tuesday, 7 Dec.
Guests can enjoy the ferris wheel and ice rink as well as the charming Christmas Village which offers plenty of activities for the little ones – including taking a picture with the one and only Santa Claus. The market also includes several stands with regional products, clothing, accessories, and handicraft.
Wonderland Lisboa will be on between December 1, 2021 and January 2, 2022.
5. Prague Old Town Square Christmas Market – from £25pp Return
The Old Town Square Christmas Market in Prague has accumulated 6,460 hashtag uses, putting it as number 19 on the list of top 25 picturesque markets.
Return flights from London Stansted to Prague start from just £21pp departing Saturday, 4 Dec – Wednesday, 8 Dec.
The Prague Christmas Markets consist of brightly decorated wooden huts stocked with local handicrafts and traditional Christmas treats. Among the many items on display are ceramics, jewellery, embroidered lace, wooden toys, scented candles, Christmas tree ornaments, hats and gloves, and puppets and dolls dressed in traditional costume, perfect souvenirs or gifts for loved ones back home.
Prague Christmas Market will be running between 27th November 2021 to 6th January 2022, including on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Flight prices were correct as of 15/11/2021 on Sky Scanner and are for the specific dates mentioned, prices will vary on other dates.
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