Edinburgh is the place to be for Christmas shopping this winter. Princes Street Gardens Christmas Market is packed full of entertainment including the Santa Train, Big Wheel, Star Flyer and Christmas Tree Maze! It’s sure to keep the whole family entertained and get everyone into the festive spirit. Pick up locally-made Christmas goodies and don’t forget to treat yourself to a mulled wine while you’re at it!

This Scottish city is perfect for a winter break with the family or a romantic pre-Christmas stay. And with rentals to suit all tastes and budgets, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

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Nestled between the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey you’ll find over 200 decorated wooden chalets selling local artwork, gifts, festive food and drink, bespoke decorations, jewellery and much, much more. Soak up the festive sights, smells and sounds as you wander through the picturesque Georgian streets and squares.

Immerse yourself in this magical festive shopping experience and you’ll be sure to find the perfect present for friends and family (or perhaps even a little something to treat yourself!). And when you book a rental, you’ll have plenty of time to visit Bath’s fantastic attractions, such as the rooftop spa and the Jane Austen Centre.

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How 13 Different Countries Celebrate Christmas Holiday

The Czech Republic

You know how people hate being single on the holidays? Well, single Czech women are no different. On Christmas Eve, it’s tradition for Czech women to put their backs to the house door and throw a shoe over their shoulders.

If the shoe lands with the heel towards the door, then she might as well cancel her Tinder account and buy up some more cats. But, if the front of the shoe points to the door, then she kisses her parents goodbye and gets to planning a wedding that will trump Kim K’s!


Brooms and similar cleaning items are all hidden away, and men fire their guns into the night on Christmas Eve in Norway. According to ancient belief, this is primetime for witches and evil spirits to emerge.

Here you thought “The Nightmare Before Christmas” was just a figment of Tim Burton’s imagination.


Christmas in Aussie land falls in the summer time. So, it makes sense that they have BBQs and — wait for it — motherf*cking kangaroos in their Christmas traditions.

Yup, Santa swaps his reindeer for “six white boomers” or kangaroos or even rides over on a surfboard. Nice one, mate!


Some Armenians choose to fast the week before Christmas. Then, they break their fast with a light Christmas Eve meal called “khetum,” which includes rice, fish, chickpeas, yogurt soup, dried nuts and grape jelly desserts.

So, if you want to avoid weight gain this holiday season, maybe consider heading to Armenia.

South Africa

Why have eggnog and pumpkin pie when you can celebrate Christmas by eating plump, fuzzy caterpillars, aka Emperor Moths? Don’t worry, they’re fried in oil, so you know it’s good… right?


The Ukrainians use fake spider webs to cover their trees.

Why? According to legend, a poor widower had no money to decorate the family’s tree. Some friendly spiders were grief-stricken when they saw the widow and her crying children, so at night, when everyone was asleep, they decorated the tree with silver and gold.

After that, the poor family became prosperous, lucky and never had a financial woe, ever again. Thus, a spider web-covered tree signifies prosperity and wealth for the next year.

This Christmas, I’m covering my tree, my house, my dogs and my brother in Halloween’s fake spider webs!


On Christmas Eve, Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, closes down its streets so everyone and anyone can make their way to church. In roller blades. ‘Nuff said.


You’d think pooping and farting humor stops after the age of 6, but not in the Spanish region of Catalonia.

The humor lives on in the form of a character called Caga Tio, which means pooping log. Basically, Spanish children will feed the log in hopes that it’ll grow bigger.

Meanwhile, parents will swap the log for bigger logs, and on Christmas Day, the family gathers round to sing it songs to help it defecate … presents!


The amount of Christians in India amounts to only 2.3 percent of its population. But, wait, India is one of the most populous countries in the world, meaning that translates to 25 million people who celebrate Christmas.

Due to lack of fir and pine trees in the region, Indians use banana or mango trees as a substitute.


You won’t find stockings hanging on chimneys in the Philippines. Rather, kids will polish their shoes and leave them by the window sills, so when the Three Kings walk by at night, they’ll leave presents.


Rather than milk and cookies for Santa, it’s all about Christmas pudding made with Guinness or Irish Whiskey. This tradition also carries over to the UK.

Thanks to the high alcohol content, it can lasts for months on end, even to next Christmas. And, getting a good buzz from sweets never killed anybody. I don’t think…


Maybe you thought Pikachu came to homes in Japan to drop off some sushi and saki bombs for a festive meal. Wrong!

Thanks (or no thanks) to a successful campaign run in the 70s, many Japanese people go to the one and only Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) to get their grub on.

Because what’s better than a turkey or roast? Fried chicken, that’s what!


There is an actual postal code used in Canada to send letters to the North Pole: H0H 0H0. Unfortunately, since there is no centralized address, thousand of volunteers help out the Canada Post to respond to the letters received, even in Braille.

Please Note: These are general tales for the countries’ traditions and not every citizen necessarily country participates.

Nevertheless, whether you indulge the above or not, everyone has traditions, and it’s always fun to share in the festivities of the holiday season.


Where is the best place to celebrate Christmas?


With today’s emphasis on present grabbing and overindulging, it’s hard to deny that the real meaning of Christmas often seems forgotten. For a refresher, nothing compares to a pilgrimage to Jesus’ birthplace. The energy on Manger Square and in the Old City on Christmas Eve could light a forest of Christmas trees. The place to be as the clock strikes 12 is St Catherine’s Church, for the Midnight Mass service.


When too much Santa is never enough, rug up and head north to Finland’s Arctic Circle. The jolly man in the red suit is this neighborhood’s most famous resident, and round these parts they milk him for all he’s worth. Still, the deep wintertime snow and reindeer-dotted forests go a long way toward off setting the touristy atmosphere, though there’s an amusement park called Santa Park not far from the village. You’ll need deep pockets, but you’d have to be pretty Grinch-like to leave without a smile.


Surely you know what Christmas in the Big Apple looks like, thanks to countless movies: Christmas lights, cheesy muzak, preferably a light dusting of snow. The world’s tallest Christmas tree is lit at the Rockefeller Center in early December. Ice skating below it is a must for wintertime visitors, as is checking out the window displays in New York’s largest department stores. Finish with a New York Ballet performance of “The Nutcracker” for a Christmas straight out of central casting.


Hit the beach to talk turkey with fellow travellers. Bondi is the antithesis of northern-hemisphere Christmas cliches: sun, sand and surf replace snow and fairy lights. Come 25 December the beach acts as a magnet for backpackers a long way from home, who celebrate alongside other “Christmas orphans.” Bands and DJs rock the Pavilion, everyone checks out everyone else, and a festive atmosphere prevails. Items you may not normally take to Christmas dinner: swimsuit, sunscreen, sunhat.


You can rest assured that the spiritual heart of Catholicism knows how to do Christmas. The Eternal City is magical at any time of year, but December has an extra frisson, with roasted chestnuts sold on every corner and the city awash with presepi (nativity scenes) – check them out on St Peter’s Square, Piazza Navona, and in the church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli on the Capitoline Hill. It’s the Vatican that pulls the most pilgrims. Midnight Mass in St Peter’s Basilica on Christmas Eve, or at noon on Christmas Day, is an affair to remember.


With a cracking sense of humor, the staunchly Catholic Irish have a few novel ways to honor Christmas. The most eyebrow-raising is a morning swim on the 25th at the Forty-Foot sea-water pool. In the lead-up to the big day there’s life aplenty on Dublin’s streets and the craic flows. There’s the 12 Days of Christmas Market at the Docklands, cheesy pantos, Christmas lights, ice skating, and markets and seasonal cheer in Temple Bar. Don’t miss carols at St Patrick’s Cathedral.


If present buying makes you think of heaving department stores, maybe you should experience the magical Christkindlesmarkt (Christmas Market), in Nuremberg’s Hauptmarkt. Here, 180 stalls proffer toys, trinkets, candles, gingerbread and sweets to shoppers warmed by sizzling bratwurst and mulled wine. Visit after dark, when the colored lights create a fairy-tale spectacle. Christmas shopping never looked this enchanting.


All those famed chocolate-box attractions — mountains, snow, cobbled streets — make Switzerland extra-appealing come Christmas. Zurich wins our vote for its oodles of Christmas markets (don’t miss the one inside the train station), guided Christmas-themed city strolls, and the enchanting all-singing Christmas tree that comes alive on Werdmuhleplatz. On a tiered triangular stage covered in assorted greenery and fairy lights, a choir of local youngsters sweetly delivers Christmas carols.


Christmas in Tokyo is a fairy-lit, religion-free sight to behold. Traditionally, celebrating the New Year is more important in Japan than Christmas, but this is what happens when non-Christians embrace Christmas, and with gusto: spectacularly over-the-top decorations and lights. While the lead-up is dazzling, Christmas Day itself is a fizzer as it’s not a holiday. Christmas Eve is the big deal, resembling Valentine’s Day in activity — a night for couples and romance. Feasting Japanese-style involves fried chicken followed by sponge cake topped with cream and strawberries.


A small island with a big personality, Puerto Rico serves up a sunny Christmas with a salsa beat and a side dish of spit-roasted pig. Festivities last from early December to Three Kings Day on 6 January. From mid-December churches conduct dawn masses rich with Christmas carols, while exuberant roving groups of carolers travel from house to house and make merry. The big feast is held on Christmas Eve, followed by Midnight Mass. For season-setting decorations, head to City Hall on the Plaza de Armas and the fairy-lit promenade Paseo de la Princesa.

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Find the best Christmas Markets in Europe and the UK

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so why not make the most of the festive season by enjoying a short break to one of Europe and the UK’s famous Christmas Markets? Choose from German Christmas Markets, York Christmas Markets, Christmas River Cruises and many more.

Let us help you choose your perfect Christmas Market break, and enjoy the magical atmosphere of the most incredible markets in 2017.


About Christmas Markets


Get into the festive spirit this Christmas and join us on one of our European Christmas market breaks. From mulled wine to unique gifts and tasty local delicacies, it really is the season to be jolly. Enjoy historical German Christmas markets as we head to iconic destinations such as the city of Cologne and the mighty capital, Berlin.

Take in Austria and its seasonal offerings in Salzburg and Innsbruck, or spend time in picturesque Prague, one of Europe’s most popular cities. Alternatively, stay in the UK and enjoy the delightful York Christmas Markets and Christkindlmarkt in Leeds, or relax on our Christmas river cruises docking to visit many magical markets.

Whether you’re looking for a short trip, a long weekend or slowing down and making a holiday of it, there’s something for everyone amongst our fantastic selection of Christmas market holidays. X really does mark the spot with these exciting x-mas deals.




Cologne Christmas Markets

The Cologne Christmas markets typically open the last Monday before advent. There is a range of markets to be found throughout the city, each with their own unique feel, but Cologne Cathedral in particular provides a breath-taking backdrop to the festivities. A towering 25 metre Christmas tree, live bands and a traditional carousel all add to the festive fun.
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When & where:
Cathedral X-Mas Market – 27 Nov to 23 Dec 2017
Harbour Christmas Market – 24 Nov to 23 Dec 2017
Angel’s Christmas Market – 27 Nov to 23 Dec 2017
Village Of St. Nicholas – 27 Nov to 23 Dec 2017
Old Market Christmas – 27 Nov to 23 Dec 2017


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Brussels Christmas Markets

The illuminated Grand Place in Brussels offers a dramatic backdrop to your Christmas shopping experience. Traditional attractions include an ice skating rink on Place de la Monnaie, an iconic Ferris wheel, merry-go-rounds and even an Ice Monster! Brussels’ Winter Wonders certainly keeps people entertained, and with handicrafts from all around Europe, it’s certainly not just the centre for European politics!
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When & where:
Brussels Winter Wonders – 24 Nov to 31 Dec 2017


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Bruges Christmas Markets

With a mixture of splendid medieval architecture, atmospheric cobbled squares and winding canals, Bruges offers a magnificent setting for its Christmas market. Expect lavish amounts of Belgian chocolate, waffles and gluhwein on offer. And not to worry, you can work off any over-indulgence at the prettiest ice-rink in the world, beneath the bell tower of Grote Markt Square.
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The Market Square and on Simon Stevinplein (Ice Rink) – 24 Nov 2017 to 1 Jan 2018


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Amsterdam Christmas Markets

During Christmas in Amsterdam, the Museum Square turns into a festive lover’s haven. The surrounding canals are lit up, the large pond is transformed into a spectacular ice rink and there are countless stalls to browse through. The Amsterdam Light Festival kicks off on 1st December and visitors can expect magnificent light displays, adding to the spirit of Christmas which is perfectly encapsulated in this stunning city.
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When & Where: 
Christmas Village at Museum Square (Museumplein) – Dec 17 to Dec 30 2017


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Christmas Markets Vienna

Take in the grandeur of the Austrian capital in December and it’s impossible not to be overcome by the Christmas spirit, where the smell of gluhwein, sausage and nutmeg lingers in the air. Carols can be heard at many of the markets but the most dazzling performances can be heard at the Christmas Market at Rathauspark and the magnificent City Hall.

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When & Where: 
Viennese Christmas Market in front of City Hall – 11 Nov to 26 Dec 2017
Christmas Village Belvedere Palace – 24 Nov to 26 Dec 2017
Christmas Village Maria-Theresien Platz – 22 Nov to 26 Dec 2017
Christmas Village Former General Hospital – 17 Nov to 23 Dec 2017
Christmas and New Year’s market at Schönbrunn Palace – 18 Nov 2017 to 1 Jan 2018


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