Are you hoping to book a winter break before the end of 2023? There’s plenty of destinations in Europe that offer Christmas markets so you can get in the festive spirit.

More than 1.7 million passengers are expected to fly from Manchester Airport to Europe in November and December to destinations such as Prague, Berlin, Seville and more.

If you fancy walking the streets while wearing winter layers and holding a hot chocolate or mulled wine, a Christmas market trip could be the one for you.

To help you out, Manchester Airport has listed 12 of the best Christmas markets in Europe that you can fly directly to from the airport.

Flights can be booked via the airport's website.

12 of the best European Christmas markets that you can fly directly to from Manchester


The Bolton News: Why not visit Prague this Christmas?Why not visit Prague this Christmas? (Image: Getty Images)

With its picturesque lanes, welcoming bars and snow falling on its Old Town Square, Prague could be the ideal destination to enjoy Christmas markets this year.

Manchester Airport recommends visiting the market stalls in the squares of Wenceslas and the Old Town as these are the “most-enticing”.


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Tivoli is Copenhagen’s city centre theme park and it hosts its own Christmas market where visitors can shop for traditional gifts and decorations.

They can also ride on the park's rollercoasters and enjoy Danish cuisine while taking in the festive atmosphere.

There are several other Christmas markets in the city and Malmö in Sweden is a short bus or train ride away if visitors want to explore two markets in one trip.


The Bolton News: Gifts and food are on offer at Vienna's Christmas marketsGifts and food are on offer at Vienna's Christmas markets (Image: Getty Images)

In Vienna, you’ll find coffee, Christmas carols in concert and winter markets, according to Manchester Airport.

The largest market is near the Rathaus where you’ll notice the aroma of roasting chestnuts and see stalls selling gifts, choirs singing and families ice skating together.


The Bolton News: Krakow's Old Town gets festive at Christmas timeKrakow's Old Town gets festive at Christmas time (Image: Getty Images)

Krakow’s Old Town becomes very festive in winter with its castle providing a backdrop.

Walking its cobbled streets could get even more festive if it snows while you’re there.

The Christmas market is in Rynek Glowny which is the city’s main market square.

It’s lined with timber huts and illuminated with fairy lights with a big Christmas tree in the centre.

The market sells Christmas gifts including handmade decorations and carved wooden toys.

If you’re a foodie, you might want to try the traditional Polish delicacies like pierogi, gingerbread biscuits and mulled wine.

You can even rest your legs with a coach-and-horse ride around the old square.


The Bolton News: Berlin's Christmas markets offers a range of food including handmade nougatBerlin's Christmas markets offers a range of food including handmade nougat (Image: Getty Images)

Handmade nougat, gourmet cheeses, and warm spiced punch can all be found at Domäne Dahlem’s rural Advent Market.

Take a trip to Berliner Weihnachtszei’s nostalgic Christmas market which has an ice rink and a Christmas Carnival as well as a medieval market selling old-fashioned baked goods and hot mead served in clay jugs.


The Bolton News: Budapest has two Christmas marketsBudapest has two Christmas markets (Image: Getty Images)

There are two Christmas markets in Budapest and it takes pride in the quality of the crafts, food and drink available there.

You can try traditional Hungarian chimney cakes as you pick out gifts for loved ones and even warm up in one of Budapest's thermal baths afterwards.


The Bolton News: If you're looking for Christmas gifts, Basel could be the place to visitIf you're looking for Christmas gifts, Basel could be the place to visit (Image: Getty Images)

This city on the Rhine is regarded as one of the prettiest in Switzerland, Manchester Airport says.

The main market is in Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz, right in the heart of the historic Old Town, where the Christmas tree takes centre stage.

You can buy Christmas gifts and indulge in waffles, mulled wine, Basel Läckerli (gingerbread) and Swiss raclette.


The Bolton News: Hamburg has a Christmas market for visitors and locals to enjoyHamburg has a Christmas market for visitors and locals to enjoy (Image: Getty Images)

You'll find Christmas markets all over Hamburg and each has a different theme.

The main Christmas market at the City Hall takes place under a big Christmas tree while the Winterwald market in the shopping district is themed as a magical festive forest.


The Bolton News: Seville's Christmas markets have plenty of lights to get you in the festive spiritSeville's Christmas markets have plenty of lights to get you in the festive spirit (Image: Getty Images)

Tens of thousands of lights decorate the city’s pretty squares, streets and avenues and there are many magical Christmas markets to enjoy in Seville.

The main one is held at Plaza Nueva with over 60 Christmas stalls selling traditional Spanish festive food, drink and gifts.

The Feria de la Artesanía Creativa (Creative Crafts Fair) is known for its decorated square where you can buy everything from intricate ceramics to handwoven Andalusian textiles.

You can also head to La Feria del Belén (Bethlehem Christmas Fair) which is set by the cathedral which is famous for its nativity scenes.


The Bolton News: There's an ice rink at the Brussels Christmas marketsThere's an ice rink at the Brussels Christmas markets (Image: Getty Images)

The wooden chalets of Brussels’ markets sell handcrafted gifts and serve food.

Winter Wonders takes place throughout December and visitors can enjoy circus acts, an ice rink, illuminated art installations, choirs and amusement rides.


The Bolton News: Salzburg Christmas markets have a choir singing carols in front of its cathedralSalzburg Christmas markets have a choir singing carols in front of its cathedral (Image: Getty Images)

In the city centre, you’ll find the main Christmas market around the cathedral with stalls selling warm punch, toasted almonds, hot roasted chestnuts, Christmas tree ornaments and lots of knitwear.

A choir sings carols in front of the cathedral and you can visit the nativity scene in the Residenz courtyard.

The Advent Market transforms Salzburg Palace into an oversized advent calendar with a different scene in 24 windows.


The Bolton News: Some of Gothenburg's choirs sing as part of its Christmas celebrationsSome of Gothenburg's choirs sing as part of its Christmas celebrations (Image: Getty Images)

Gothenburg hosts many seasonal fairs including Sweden's largest Christmas market which is held at the Liseberg Amusement Park.

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Visitors can experience a traditional Christmas concert and enjoy the Swedish custom of a Lucia costume where a choir dressed in white gowns performs by candlelight.

The Gothenburg "singing Christmas tree" is a fun series of concerts by some of Gothenburg's best choirs and the singers dress up as Christmas trees.