Posted on Wednesday the 7th of December, 2011 by kelly

Top 5 European Christmas Markets 2011

Tis the season for festive markets! We’ve looked at our top 5 Christmas markets in the UK but there’s nothing quite like an authentic Christmas market over in Europe. Some of the most famous European Christmas markets have been running since the Middle Ages and today they’re drawing in over two million visitors at a time! There’s something magical about these European cities at Christmastime – with historic squares full of fairy lights, quirky stalls and unique gifts, not to mention the aroma of roasted chestnuts, spicy gingerbread and mulled wine. Get in the festive spirit and book cheap hotels with Roomguide!

Here’s our top 5:

 1. Vienna, Austria

Vienna’s prettiest squares transform into a winter wonderland from mid-November onwards. The city oozes nostalgia and romance and nativity displays, concerts and traditional Christmas markets make it one of the most visited markets in Europe. The ‘Christkindlmarkt’ in front of the magnificent Town Hall is Vienna’s classic Christmas market. Selling everything from hand carved toys and decorations to mulled wine and chocolate waffles, Vienna is a place of seasonal inspiration.

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2. Copenhagen, Denmark

The annual Christmas Market in Copenhagen takes place at Tivoli Gardens, Europe’s oldest amusement park. Twinkling lights, exciting rides, an outdoor ice rink and charming market stalls make this the perfect setting to get into the ‘Christmas spirit’. It’s also the ideal place from which to take home those stocking fillers and special Christmas gifts. Specialties at the market include Aebleskiver, traditional Danish apple slices usually dusted with powdered sugar and served with Glogg, a combination of hot red wine, aquavit, cinnamon and almonds.

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3. Berlin, Germany

There are over 50 Christmas markets in Berlin making it a festive favourite in Germany and the rest of Europe. The most popular market in the German capital is the Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market situated in one of the most beautiful squares in the city. Jugglers, acrobats, artists and choirs entertain the crowds whilst over 100 rustic wooden huts offer yuletide decorations, pretty ornaments, handmade jewellery and delicious Bratwurst.

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4. Prague, Czech Republic

The Czechs certainly know how to celebrate Christmas if the Prague festive markets are anything to go by. The Old Town Square is transformed into a vibrant wonderland with a giant Christmas tree surrounded by red-roofed wooden huts selling everything from traditional Czech handicrafts to hot food specialties and refreshing Czech beers. There’s plenty more festive activity to soak up around Wenceslas Square, Havelska Trziste, Namesti Miru and Namesti Republiky.

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5. Budapest, Hungary

Budapest’s Vörösmarty square dresses up in its finest Christmas décor from mid-November until the end of December. More than 100 wooden pavilions offer a unique selection of goods from folk artisans and craftsmen as well as a wide choice of traditional Hungarian foods like kürtoskalács (sweet Hungarian pastry), kenyérlángos (baked flat bread) and goulash soup.

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Posted on Monday the 28th of November, 2011 by kelly

Roomguide UK - Top 5 Christmas Markets

With less than a month to go before Christmas, the festive markets, fairs and fetes are well underway and let’s face it, you can’t beat a good old winter fair to get you in the Christmas spirit! So that you have the best Christmas yet, we’ve got some great offers on cheap hotels in all UK cities and it just happens their Christmas markets are some of the best in Europe!

We’ve listed our top 5 Christmas Markets in the UK where you can fill up on roasted chestnuts, mulled wine and festive cheer!

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

When? 18th November – 3rd January

A visit to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit! With a Christmas circus, Christmas Ice Rink, Christmas Ferris Wheel and of course a huge Christmas Market, you can shop for quirky crafts and tasty treats in the sparkly surroundings of central London! A definite MUST this Christmas!

Bath Christmas Market

When? 24th November – 11th December

The quaint streets and square running from Bath Abbey to the Roman Baths is transformed into a truly magical setting at Christmas. 130 wooden chalets offer what can only be described as a Christmas shopper’s haven with unique and unusual gifts, pretty decorations and delicious food.  

Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market

When? 17th November – 23rd December

Now in its 10th year, this is the largest authentic German market outside of Germany and Austria. Combined with the city’s own Craft fair, there are over 180 picturesque chalets to explore offering everything from handmade jewellery and wooden toys to German beers and sausages. 

Leeds Christkindelmarkt German Christmas Market

When? 11th November – 18th December

Christkindelmarkt in Leeds is one of the most established German Christmas markets in the UK. With twinkling lights, carousel rides and over 40 wooden chalet stalls there’s festive fun for everyone. Set in Millennium Square, visitors can enjoy handcrafted jewellery, Christmas cards, toys and speciality foods such as bratwurst sausages, goulash, schnitzels and gingerbread.

Edinburgh Christmas Markets

When? 24th November – 24th December

Edinburgh is recognised as one of the best cities in the UK to spend Christmas and with two Christmas markets, a Bungy Snowdome, Christmas Ice Rink, Christmas Carousel and the Edinburgh Wheel, it’s not hard to see why! The traditional German market has a mix of classic and contemporary gifts as well as a range of German food and drink and the Highland Village Christmas Market offers everything from Scottish foods to Scottish teddy bears! 

We have cheap hotels in all of these festive locations, so plan your Christmas break now!

Posted on Monday the 7th of November, 2011 by kelly

Christmas Events in Dublin 2011

Celebrate the festive season in style this year by booking cheap hotels in Dublin with Roomguide! There is so much going on in the Irish capital and with a number of exciting events planned to gear everyone up for Christmas 2011 we thought we’d share the best ones with you!

Festival of Light

Witness the streets of Dublin come alive as they transform into a winter wonderland of glistening LED street lights. On November 27th, the Christmas lights switch on ceremony will see plenty of entertainment preparing locals and tourists for the festive season.

Docklands Christmas Market

From December 8th until December 23rd the popular Christmas market returns to the Docklands. The charming yuletide event attracts thousands of visitors and draws its inspiration from German traditions which create a unique festive atmosphere.

7Up Winter Wonderland

7UP Winter Wonderland is Ireland’s newest and biggest FREE to enter winter park running from December 8th until January 8th at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. With a traditional Christmas market, an ice rink, a circus, rides and café bars – there’s festive fun for all ages!

Taste of Christmas

Taste of Christmas is a truly fantastic event where all ‘foodies’ can indulge in festive food and drink, sample signature dishes from Dublin’s top restaurants and be inspired by Ireland’s most popular chef talent. Running from November 25th- 27th, this isn’t one to be missed!

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