Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

In the Market for Christmas Cheer? Get Yourself into the Festive Spirit with a Trip to One of These Fabulous European Events, Says NISHA MAL

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

In the Market for Christmas Cheer? Get Yourself into the Festive Spirit with a Trip to One of These Fabulous European Events, Says NISHA MAL

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Byline: NISHA MAL

BERLIN (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 31) THE hip German capital will be hosting some 40 Christmas markets across the city so you're sure to find some cracking pressies.

Don't miss Winter World on Potsdamer Platz in the city centre which will be transformed into a vast winter wonderland with Europe's biggest toboggan run.

And you can fuel up with mulled wine and hearty bratwurst along with other seasonal treats at the Christmas Market at Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.

How can I get there? Direct flights from Manchester Airport to Berlin start at PS34, on Skyscanner (skyscanner.net). Meanwhile easyjet flights from London Luton to Berlin start from PS84 return in late November.

DRESDEN (NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 24) DRESDEN'S striezelmarkt, is germany's oldest christmas market dating back to 1434. the outstanding attraction is the christmas pyramid, towering at over 14 metres - the setting for the pyramid singing festival.

How can I get there? Get flights from Cardiff to Dresden for PS180 on Skyscanner. There is one connection from Amsterdam.

Flights from Birmingham International to Dresden start at PS160, also on Skyscanner.

PRAGUE (DECEMBER 2 - JANUARY 6 2018) PRAGUE'S Old Town Square plays host to the city's largest market, complete with a huge Christmas tree and stalls brimming with seasonal goodies from sugar-coated nuts to tasty bratwurst.

How can I get there? IF you would like to see the markets in Prague, the lowest fare is from Manchester at PS118.

PARIS, CHAMPS-ELYSEES (NOVEMBER 11 TO JANUARY 8, 2018) MIX chic shopping in the French capital with visits to its magical Christmas markets selling traditional produced and arts and crafts.

With more than 350 wooden chalets, the market at La Defense (metro Grande Arche de la Defense) is the biggest, while Champs-Elysees claims to host the city's most beautiful. And for traditional French Christmas sweet treats head to the market at the foot of Montparnesse Tower.

How can I get there? Head to Paris from any airport in the UK from PS78. Direct flights are available from London airports, Birmingham International, Leeds, Doncaster and Luton.

VERONA (LAST YEAR THE MARKET RAN FROM NOVEMBER 18 TO DECEMBER 26. THE DATES FOR THIS YEAR ARE YET TO BE ANNOUNCED) EVERY year the Italian city is illuminated by hundreds of lights as it plays host to a big Christmas market offering hand-made decorations and German specialities, along with regional food. The Arena di Verona is a must-see for a truly stunning spectacle of more than 400 nativity scenes displayed against a backdrop of lights and music.

How can I get there? Fly direct from London Gatwick, with prices starting at PS71. If you choose to fly from Bristol, Birmingham, Glasgow or Newquay there is a change. …

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