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Best Christmas Markets?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Findlotte, Oct 26, 2015.

  1. Findlotte

    Findlotte Established commenter

    Looking at going away during the Christmas holidays either somewhere in England or in Europe for a weekend break. Where are the best Christmas Markets?

    Tell me your experiences.
  2. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Never been but I always got to Olympia for the 'Spirit of Christmas' fair in November. In fact, this time next week I shall be there!
  3. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    Bury st Edmund is a big market over 4 days...its spread through the town with many other stalls being down by the cathedral.Birmingham has long market mainly down one main street but some up by the town hall.
    Both markets can be seen in one day and obviously looked prettier at night.
    We went for Birmingham and after the walk down were not to impressed but others liked it.
    it is personal opinion mind you,. The Bury SE one we are exhibitors at so dont get to see a lot of the place.
    Lincoln is do able in a day as well... a compact marker which seems to be mainly in a large square.
    Cologne German market is big last time i went several years ago. Its spread over the heart of the city and is good i day or night.Plus you have the cathedral to see.The bus 'square ' can be pandemonium when they are all clamouring to get on buses. The Dutch led the sing song while we all waited :)
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  4. smoothnewt

    smoothnewt Star commenter

    Ha! My daughter was working on the champagne bar there the year before last.
    She may well have served you, Belle!
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  5. Geoff Thomas

    Geoff Thomas Star commenter

    If you can get a cheap flight, then I thoroughly recommend Berlin.

    It's got something like 25 to 30 Christmas markets, each with its own atmosphere.

    And it's a brilliant place to visit anyway.
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  6. smoothnewt

    smoothnewt Star commenter

    I know there is one in Aachen - it features heavily in the school travel brochures I get sent. Thus I'd avoid going as it is probably full of school kids and their grumpy teachers, on an awayaday and exhausted by the overnight coach trip to get there.
  7. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    Where would you recommend for best access to the markets please?
  8. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    Don't go to the one in Bruges. It's practically non-existent.
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  9. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    Cologne is great, Berlin was good and you have the city to visit but it was -15 degrees when we went, ditto Munich where we got snowed in and avoid Basel - very disappointing, and not much to see in Stuttgart.

    A gang of us got into the habit of going to a different German market each year until it got too expensive. The best ever was our first trip to Cologne on £9.99 flights and a ridiculously cheap deal at the Crowne Plaza!
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  10. RedQuilt

    RedQuilt Star commenter

    Bergen! The market mostly sells food, including reindeer, but has some lovely Christmas things. It's just a short stroll to the specialist Christmas shops that are there all year but get extra special at that time of year. Lots of lovely cafes and restaurants with fleece blankets on each chair to snuggle in whilst you drink your hot chocolate.
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  11. marlin

    marlin Star commenter


    That is just so wrong at a Christmas market.
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  12. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    The Birmingham Christmas market is huge. There is a good range of food, presents and jewellery. It is much too busy in the evenings and after the schools break up. I like to go at lunchtime in the week before school holidays.
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  13. RedQuilt

    RedQuilt Star commenter

    @Dunteachin It's a shame that Basel, the place of my birth, hasn't got a decent xmas market anymore. I went when I was young as part of our visits to family, having moved to England, and it was magical. There's nothing quite like a Swiss Christmas, imo.
  14. RedQuilt

    RedQuilt Star commenter

    It's really very tasty!
  15. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

    :eek: Noooooo! :eek:

    Who will deliver our presents if the reindeer have all been eaten?
  16. teachingking123

    teachingking123 Established commenter

    We all would love to have free time at lunch time not dealing with student's issues and worries...
  17. teachingking123

    teachingking123 Established commenter

    marlin you said: :eek: Noooooo! :eek:

    Who will deliver our presents if the reindeer have all been eaten?

    I say- Very good point!:D
  18. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    So would I during my term time. Fortunately for me I break up the week before the majority of the local schools. If that wasn't the case I wouldn't go.
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  19. RedQuilt

    RedQuilt Star commenter

    They rely on reindeer in Norway as an important source of protein in the cold, dark winter months. The land doesn't support cattle.
    There are plenty of reindeer left to deliver the presents :)
  20. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    Ooh, what a beautiful place to be born in! I liked the city and it was incredibly clean but I was expecting something magical, too. The market was tiny. That was several years ago; maybe it's better now, I don't know.

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