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The best Christmas market city breaks for under £80
18 September 2017
 
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There's nothing like a Christmas market to nurture that festive feeling. And the following cities aren't just famous for their fantastic festive-themed extravaganzas; travel to any one of these gems and you'll have plenty of Christmas cash left over, because it's possible to get to every single one from Glasgow Airport for under £80.

1. Berlin, Germany
 
The best Christmas market: The Winter Market on Potsdamer Platz

Berlin has over 50 Christmas markets. WeihnachtsZauber Gendarmenmarkt is the best option for some tasty Noël nosh, from smoked salmon to apple strudel. The Winter Market on Potsdamer Platz is great for kids - there's a toboggan run and an ice rink where you'll be able to sign up for free ice skating lessons. In Pankow district you’ll find Lucia Weihnachtsmarkt, a romantic Nordic-Scandinavian style market set in the courtyards of a nineteenth century brewery. You'll be able to browse more than 60 stalls selling a wide range of gifts.

Flights from Glasgow Airport to Berlin are twice available daily from just £31 return with easyJet and Ryanair and can be booked now through Air Glasgow.

 

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2. Düsseldorf, Germany
 
The best Christmas market: The Marktplatz Christmas market

With eight different Christmas markets to visit in Düsseldorf, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to buying your seasonal stocking fillers. The biggest event is held on Marktplatz and runs from 17th November to 23rd December - the biggest draw here is the lovingly restored, 100 year old carousel. After a few spins, take a stroll along the Koenigsallee, a riverside boulevard lined with chestnut trees lit up with twinkling fairy lights. Flinger Strasse’s gluhwein windmill, complete with nativity scene, is the place to sample some of Germany’s best mulled wine.

Flights from Glasgow Airport to Dusseldorf are available every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from just £82 return with Eurowings and can be booked now through Air Glasgow.

 
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3. Cologne, Germany
 
The best Christmas market: Markt der Engel (Angel Market)

Join the Christmas crowds at one of Cologne's many Christmas markets, the largest of which can be found in the shadow of the city's cathedral. This is also where you'll bump into Cologne's largest Christmas tree, surrounded by more than 160 gingerbread house-style stalls. For something more intimate, try the Alter Markt, on Neumarkt and Rudolfplatz. This is the city’s oldest and it's guaranteed to get you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. Markt der Engel (Angel Market), which kicks of the 21st November, is the prettiest event, with illumination provided by a sea of tiny, shining stars.

Flights from Glasgow Airport to Dusseldorf are available every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from just £82 return with Eurowings and can be booked now through Air Glasgow. From Dusseldorf Airport trains operate direct to central Cologne every 15 minutes with a total journey time of just 31 minutes and tickets are available for just €7.75.
 
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4. Brussels, Belgium
 
The best Christmas market: Places d'Hiver

Places d'Hiver, or Winter Pret, is one of Belgium's biggest Christmas markets, stretching from the Place de la Monnaie to the Vismet. You'll find dozens of stalls selling seasonal souvenirs, along with an ice skating rink and cosy cabins selling warming mulled wine. And the best bit? Some of the cheapest hotels in Brussels are within walking distance (we love the seriously chic Motel One Brussels), so no matter how many gluhweins you've sunk, getting home should be relatively easy. Our top tip? Take in the view of this magical winter wonderland from the top of the 55 metre tall Ferris wheel.

Flights from Glasgow Airport to Brussels are available every Tuesday and Sunday from just £29 return with Ryanair and can be booked now through Air Glasgow.

 
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5. Amsterdam, Holland
 
The best Christmas market: Koningsplein Christmas Market

As the winter nights draw in, Amsterdam amps up its Christmas celebrations with a series of seasonal markets, most of which appear in late November. Find plenty of holiday cheer at the Leidseplein market’s ice rink, or at the Koningsplein market, where you'll find stalls piled high with olibollen (Dutch doughnuts) to keep energy levels high as you explore this historic city. But make sure to check out the smaller ones too - the markets in neighbourhoods like Haarlem, Lelystad and Keukenhof offer fantastic value for money and have a more local vibe.

Flights from Glasgow Airport to Amsterdam are available daily from just £73 return with easyJet and KLM and can be booked now through Air Glasgow.
 
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6. Krakow, Poland
 
The best Christmas market: Rynek Glowny

Christmas market Dreaming of a white Christmas? Well you’re almost guaranteed one in Krakow, because the city is usually shrouded in a blanket of the white fluffy stuff at this time of year. Head to the city's main square (known as Rynek Glowny) for one of the largest events - it's the ideal spot to pick up a handmade festive jumper for that special someone. Many of the stalls specialise in traditional handicrafts and locally-made woolen clothes.

Flights from Glasgow Airport to Krakow are available every Wednesday and Sunday from just £48 return with Ryanair, while flights to nearby Katowice are available every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from just £43 return with Wizz Air and can be booked now through Air Glasgow.

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