ride, all at East Princes St Gardens which has its very own Santa Land. Gaze at the Christmas lights that sparkle throughout the city, then meander to Zrinjevac Park to see the old music pavilion and nibble baked trukle (soft cheese in pastry before exploring the Ice Park on King Tomislav Square. Cologne is also an ideal base for rail or Rhine steamer excursions, or why not treat your kids to a visit to the nearby theme park, Phantasialand, which is open during the festive season and also has its own Christmas Market on site. The Stadtgarten Christmas Market has a far more relaxed and village like atmosphere and is, apart from the traditional local food, arts crafts, a great markant tankstelle recklinghausen choice for children's entertainment or any one young at heart.
Stroll through the glistening markets of the Old Town Square, sip on hot mulled wine and visit the animals stable with Nativity donkeys. There are also festive fun fairs, street theatre, the rousing sound of carol singers and beautiful Christmas trees, adorned with thousands of twinkling lights. Enjoy a horse and carriage ride, then climb the stairs of the Church of Our Lady for sensational views. Nordic Christmas Markets, reykjavik. When: 22 november - 24 december Revel in the variety of Switzerland, including the Christmas markets of Zurich. 2018 dates: 22 November - 23 December Search Nuremberg breaks Cologne Feel the Christmas spirit in Germany. Relish the Christmas Nordic cuisine stalls and browse through the selection of handmade toys. The Harbour Christmas Market will entice anyone to stay for a tasty mug of mulled wine. Go to the Berliner Weinachtszeit, behind the Alexanderplatz, and take in the Christmas spirit at the captivating Charlottenburg Palace. 2018 dates: 1 - 22 December, search Helsinki breaks. Pop along to Niederdorf Quarter, in the old town, for the oldest market bursting with charm. Copenhagen, wrap up warm and relish the winter chill of Hungary.
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