Need something to look forward to in December?

At the moment the news seems to be getting steadily more depressing with a cost of living and energy price crisis causing worry for many families.

So it’s more important than ever to take care of your mental health.

Perhaps a short break in December to visit one of Europe’s or the UK’s Christmas markets will do that and provide bargains that will help make Christmas less bleak?

Among the top suggestions for Europe are:

Budapest, Hungary: from 18th November 2022 to 1st January  2023 (TBC)

According to the website europeanbestdestinations, this market, the Advent Feast of the Basilica, the portico will feature more than 100 artisan and gastronomic vendors. It also features a daily lightshow projected on the facade of the Basilica.

Basel, Switzerland: from 24th November to 23rd December 2022

One of the most famous and popular Christmas markets. Roughly a hundred tall pine trees border the streets and stand like brightly lit sentinels pointing the way for the visitor into the Old Town and the market Barfüsserplatz and on Münsterplatz.

Metz, France: from 18th November to 30th December 2022 (TBC) 

This market has been in the top ten for ten years. It has activities unique to Metz, including the “lantern trail”, a ferris wheel and many chalets offering local products, Made in Moselle.

Vienna, Austria: from 19th November to 26th December 2022

A well-known old favourite that turns the City Hall Square into a shining fairytale land. Christmas gifts, tree decorations, sweets and warming drinks awaiting you along with a carousel and craft fun Christmas Workshops for kids.

In the UK:

Edinburgh’s celebrations last from 19th November 2022 to 3rd January 2023 (TBC)  and include the Christmas Market in East Princes Street Gardens, rides in Santa Land and a Santa’s grotto.

Winchester Cathedral: from 18th November to 22nd December 2022. Modelled in the German Christmas markets with an iced rink at its centre, it has 112 chalets filled with high quality exhibitors.

Nottingham: from 15th November to 31st December 2022 (TBC)

Closer to home in the East Midlands this features more than 70 traditional, Bavarian-style stalls, searching for the perfect gift as well as sampling the delicious homemade and artisan cheeses, chutneys and chocolates. An expanded range of stalls will feature plants, mead, jewellery, scents, fashion, retro style, Eco art, Lego art, and Fair-trade.

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