I have never been on a city break at Christmas. I did go to paris one year but that was mid August, I do however love Christmas Markets. This year I teamed up with Jet2* to get in the Christmas spirit.
Christmas Markets in the UK are filled with lots of mulled wine (which I love and have made at home) and festive cheer but also more than likely rain. Christmas Market’s elsewhere can me snow-covered fairy tales. Me and Kevin always try and visit at least once to enjoy the atmosphere, as well as to get something to eat and drink. This year we went to Manchester, one of the biggest markets in the UK. The markets spread across the city with over 300 stalls. We only visited a handful of these but managed to buy a few Christmas gifts and unique items for us including this super cute decoration.
Christmas Markets with Jet2
There are so many European Christmas markets that I would love to go to for a weekend break. Having a nosey on through the Jet2 Christmas city breaks has given me serious wanderlust. Again. I now have the itch to visit the Salzburg and Barcelona Christmas markets.
Salzburg Christmas Markets
Look how pretty it is, snow-lined streets, twinkly fairy lights, and a giant Christmas tree. The Salzburg markets were mentioned as far back as the 15th century, that is one long-running Christmas market. There are markets dotted across the city as well as advent celebrations. With warm punch and gingerbread for sale as well as traditional craft stalls. It is only a 2-hour flight away from Manchester as well, which in my eyes means a short city break is perfect as you don’t have to spend half your first day in a plane. You can spend it exploring instead.
Barcelona Christmas Markets
I don’t initially think of Barcelona as a Christmas market destination. So this one is my ‘hidden gem’ Christmas market. Barcelona has multiple markets across the city, and the weather will be a little kinder then more eastern Europe. 15c is average, meaning that you can leave the woolly hat and scarf at home. The most popular market is at Fira de Santa Llúcia located in the gothic quarter in front of the cathedral. There are many stalls and you can buy ‘figuritas de Belén’ which are the figures for your nativity display.
*Thanks to Jet2 for having us for the day. We got to make Christmas inspired food at a cookery school and Christmas wreaths.