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Visiting the Christmas markets

As the festive season approaches, there are various different events taking place around the world to celebrate. One of the more popular traditions is the Christmas market, with several of these happening across the UK and in various other parts of the world. So what should you expect from the markets this year?

UK

If you plan on staying in the UK this winter, there are several Christmas markets happening all over the country. You’ll find them in Southampton, Yorkshire, London, Bristol and Birmingham, as well as plenty of other places. Wherever you live, it’s highly likely that you’ll find a Christmas market relatively close by so take a day and go for a visit. They only come round for a couple of months a year and some of them are only up for a few days so make the most of it while you can.

Germany

Germany is famed for its Christmas markets so if you do want to go slightly further afield this year, this is the place to go. The various cities and towns along the River Rhine are lined with little wooden huts full of Christmas-related goodies. The smell of mulled wine and German sausage fills the air; plus, you can buy lots of handmade arts and crafts.

If you’re looking for one of the bigger markets, head to Trier or Mainz. These will probably involve a lot of walking so if you’re planning a trip abroad, make sure you’ve sorted out your travel insurance beforehand. The last thing you want is to have a fall and spend Christmas with a big medical bill – even more important if you are aware of any current medical conditions that you have that need to be covered under your insurance.

Austria

Sitting next to Germany, it goes without saying that Austria also has some pretty good Christmas markets. Vienna has around 25 different markets that vary in size, so if you want something a little smaller and more personal, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for here.

Austria is a great place to head at any time of year, so why not book a city break and spend a few days there? Even if Vienna doesn’t appeal, Salzburg and Graz are both worth a visit and each have markets of their own.

USA

Christmas and the whole holiday season is huge in America, so if you’re heading there for a Christmas holiday anyway, you might be lucky enough to experience one of the markets as well. New York’s world famous Union Square hosts one of these markets every year, designed to look just like the European markets.

You’ll find everything from pet accessories to warm food and drinks here, as well as brew-your-own beer kits and leather goods. Visiting the Union Square market is the perfect way to complement a Christmas holiday in New York, so start planning your itinerary now.

There are also markets in other parts of the USA, including Chicago and Denver – but New York tends to have the pick of the best, as well as the Rockefeller Christmas tree, meaning you’ll be sure to have a magical Christmas to remember for years to come.