1 Floating Market – Cologne Germany German citie

first_img1. Floating Market – Cologne, GermanyGerman cities are renowned for their street markets, but Cologne is doing something a little different by swapping cobbles for a cruise ship. The MS Wappen von Mainz riverboat is moored in Cologne’s old quarter and during the Christmas season it’s decked out with four floors of stalls selling home-made crafts and tasty titbits, which you can browse as the boat cruises down the Rhine.There’s a small entrance fee of two Euros, but all profits go to UNICEF. That’s not to say Cologne doesn’t have its fair share of street markets too; it does. Once you’re back on dry land you can even continue the nautical theme with a visit to the Cologne Harbour Christmas market.2. Medieval Christmas Fayre – Caerphilly, WalesIf you like your Christmas markets cheesy then you’ll enjoy this alternative market in and around the grounds of Caerphilly Castle, one of the oldest (and largest) in the UK. As well as the usual mulled wine, crafts, and hog roast stalls, there is medieval and festive-themed entertainment on hand.Dragon stilt-walkers, court jesters, and magicians wander through the crowds, while ‘pickpockets’ are left in the stocks as a warning to anyone with similarly ill intentions. Don’t miss seeing Santa in his grotto, or the singing plague victims belting out Christmas carols.3. Fira de Santa Llucia – Barcelona, SpainWhether you’re visiting Berlin or Belfast, you’ll find that most Christmas markets have a distinctly German feel. However, Barcelona’s most popular Christmas market sets itself apart by bringing a Catalan perspective to the Teutonic tradition. You won’t find bratwurst or glühwein among the refreshment stalls, but you will find delicious Spanish alternatives.Look out for interesting local traditions including the celebrity caganer, a cheeky addition to the nativity scene (and a great gift to bring back for the folks at home). As a bonus, you can leave your woolly jumper at home; the winters in Barcelona are mild, so if the sun’s out you might even catch a tan.4. Turkey Parade – Licques, FranceThe people of Licques in northern France have a unique way of choosing the tastiest turkey for Christmas dinner…The Fête de la Dinde (Festival of the Turkey) takes place the weekend before Christmas. The highlight is a turkey parade through the town centre, with a prize for the best bird. It sounds strange enough but when you see the Knights of the Order of the Turkey, dressed up in full regalia, you’ll have some Christmas market snaps that rival any pictures of gingerbread houses and bratwurst. Join the locals as they cheer on their favourite turkey with a glass of local firewater licquoise. There’s a market selling local produce too, where you can pick up delicious bits and pieces for your Christmas dining table.5. Christmas by the beach – Sydney, AustraliaWho said Christmas needs to take place in winter? Heading to Australia for a Christmas market may not be the most traditional way to do your last minute Christmas shopping, but after yet another dismal British summer it’s the perfect excuse to get some sunshine.The Dee Why Christmas market may only last for one day, but what a day it is. Traditional stalls selling arts and crafts (and sunglasses and bikinis) line the popular beachfront, with nary a snowflake to be seen. Santa even pops by on his jetski, while Mrs Claus leads a choir of children singing Christmas carols.And if you hang about Sydney long enough, you may even get the chance to have the traditional Christmas day barbecue.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Related11 of the best Christmas market city breaks for under £80There’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 for under…Christmas Markets? Ask Skyscanner!Where are the best place to visit a Christmas market?10 best things to do in CologneThis city is one of Germany’s biggest business, but Cologne has more to offer than just sharp suits and sauerkraut joints. Home to one of Europe’s oldest universities, Cologne has all the cool culture of Berlin but without the hoards of weekend tourists – head straight to Cologne Cathedral or…last_img read more