Start the family holiday season early with a visit to one of the best Christmas markets in Europe. From the ancient marvel of Salzburg to Strasbourg’s Capital of Christmas, here’s where your kids will really want to go shopping this year.
Strasbourg is the Capital of Christmas and has taken 400 years to perfect a fairy tale market so gorgeous it’s now a visitor attraction in its own right. The medieval half-timbered houses, immense gothic cathedral and pretty cobbled streets give the city a bit of a natural edge. But the real magic comes from cinnamon scented air, twinkly lights, forests of Christmas trees and hundreds of stalls stacked high with colourful gifts. Snow is almost guaranteed, the Strasbourg posting is a career high for Santa and even Parisians hop on a train just to stock up on festive goodies at this market. Go for scarlet ribbon-tied bredele biscuits and the certainty of snow.
How to get there: In November and December KLM flies from London Heathrow to Strasbourg, via Amsterdam, from £142 return.
Travel time: The flight from London to Strasbourg is around 3 hours and 15 minutes.