Choose one of my handpicked Christmas market breaks, with flights and hotels included, from €199 per person.
Some cities are best seen in winter and Christmas market breaks provide the best excuse to visit. Market stalls have the perfect stocking fillers, aromas of roasted chestnuts and mulled wine waft through the crisp cold air, and if you are lucky you might even catch a Christmas concert. Many markets open late November and stay open until the New Year so you can choose a pre or post Christmas break.
I have searched the web to bring you some of my favourite Christmas market breaks, so hopefully there will be a break here to suit you. All 4-star hotels are highly rated on Tripadvisor and all breaks are for three nights. If you want to travel at a different time, or for longer or shorter duration, just click on the links below and edit the search to suit your requirements.
1. Budapest, 3rd December, 3 Nights, €299pp
Budapest has several Christmas markets, but Vörösmarty Square is the most popular. Gerbeaud House is transformed into an enormous Advent Calendar and a new window opens daily at 5pm. Street artists perform, Santa makes an appearance and there are plenty of places to relax and take it all in.
St Stephen’s Basilica, is lit up at night time and resembles a Disney like castle – it is spectacular. Take time to visit the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue, which are all UNESCO world heritage sites. Most markets open from 22nd November until 1st January.
Fly from Dublin to Budapest on the 5th December and enjoy a three-night stay in the 4-star La Prima Fashion Hotel, with breakfast included for just €294pp. Rated as excellent on TripAdvisor, this is a great choice to explore all that Budapest has to offer.
Search flights here 3rd-6th Dec €135pp
View hotel here €164pp
2. Berlin, 7th December, 3 Nights, €199
Berlin has a staggering 50 Christmas markets! Winter World at Potsdamer Platz offers ice skating and tobogganing and is perfect for families, while Alexanderplatz and Charlottenburg have traditional wooden stalls and beer houses. Most open late November but some close before New Year. For a full list of Christmas market dates click here. Don’t miss the Spandau market where rock concerts are usually held every Friday and there are over 500 stalls.
Try to make time to see some of Berlin’s top sights too, the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate – the list is endless.
Read my city guide to Berlin here.
Fly from Dublin to Berlin on the 7th of December and enjoy a three-night stay in the highly rated Hollywood Media Hotel am Kurfürstendamm for only €199 per person. This hotel receives excellent reviews on TripAdvisor and is superbly located to explore this vibrant city.
Search flights here 7th-10th Dec €82pp
View hotel here €169pp
3. Krakow, 7th December, 3 Nights, €195!
The old town of Krakow has Europe’s largest market square, and is packed with market stalls selling local hand crafts and tasty food. The city comes alive at night time with live bands playing in trendy basement clubs.
Krakow is a great choice for a city break at any time of year. The historical centre is very easy to navigate and I loved its relaxed vibe. Take time to visit the stunning Wawel castle, walk through the Jewish quarter to see Oscar Schindler’s factory, and if you can bear it, visit nearby Auschwitz . Krakow’s Christmas Market is open from the 27th November until 26th December.
Fly from Dublin to Krakow on the 7th of December and enjoy a three-night stay in the highly rated otel Centrally located with great reviews on TripAdvisor, this is superb value to enjoy a Christmas market break in Krakow.
Search flights here 7th-10th Dec €80pp
View hotel here €115pp
4. Vienna, 11th December, 3 Nights, Hotel €288pp
Christmas markets in Vienna have been a tradition since 1298. Would you believe there are over 20 different markets here? International choir singers perform free of charge and the Christmas atmosphere is truly magical. The Viennese Christmas Market in front of the City Hall is the most popular and even offers a specific children’s area, where they can learn how to make Christmas cookies and decorations.
Vienna’s markets start a little earlier than most but most close on the 26th of December– see more here.
Fly from Dublin on the 7th of December and enjoy a three-night stay at the 4-star Schani Wien Hotel for just €288. It is highly rated on TripAdvisor , was awarded a certificate of excellence this year and is located just 300 metres from the main train station.
Search flights here 7th-10th Dec €88pp
View hotel here €200pp
5. Zagreb, €214 5 star hotel
Did you know that Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, is renowned for having one of Europe’s best Christmas markets? I must confess I wasn’t aware until recently! There are 25 different markets in the city and it was named “Best Christmas Market” by European Best Destinations three years in a row – the maximum number of times for any city.
With return weekend flights from just €78 and low cost hotel prices, it also makes Zagreb a great value destination for a Christmas market break.
The 5-star Westin in Zagreb is just €154 per person for a three-night weekend stay, and Ryanair have flights from Dublin airport from December 8th to 11th for €60 return.
Search flights 8th -11th December €60pp
View hotel here €154pp
6. Rome, €225
I found a great deal in the 4-star Hotel Capo d’Africa – Colosseo, which is superbly located in the heart of the city, beside the Colosseum. https://www.tripadvisor.ie/Hotel_Review-g187791-d252244-Reviews-Capo_D_Africa_Hotel_Colosseo-Rome_Lazio.html
I have chosen a morning flight out from Dublin and an evening flight back to make the most of this short break, but dates and durations can be changed to suit your requirements – simply edit the search dates via the links below.
Return flights are available from Dublin airport and Cork airports this winter. There are many more hotel choices, as well as some top tips for visiting Rome in this post:
Read: Where to stay in Rome, my top picks of 3, 4 and 5-star hotels
Search flights here 30th Nov – 3rd Dec €60pp
View hotel here €165pp
Madrid 7th Dec €58
14th – 17th €63pp / 15th – 18th €67pp
Read: Where to stay in Madrid and top things to do
Barcelona 9-12th Dec €69pp
7th – 10th €62pp
13th – 15th Dec 2 nights €68pp
Munich Christmas Market Break: Flights & Hotel, 2 Nights, €179
Germany’s Christmas markets are renowned all over the world, and Bavaria’s capital has some of the best. Christmas Markets in Munich are opening this year from 21st November through to 24th December 2022, and there are over 20 Christmas Markets in Munich dotted all over the city, so you will be spoilt for choice!
I found great value flights with Aer Lingus for a two-night stay, but if you want to stay longer simply edit the dates below. The Cocoon Hauptbahnhof is a superbly located train station hotel, and is within walking distance of Marienplatz. It is rated as Excellent on TripAdvisor and has a retro style design with funky bedrooms an outdoor terrace and garden.
See more hotel choices and a guide to the Munich Christmas markets here:
Read: The best Christmas markets in Munich and where to stay
Search flights here 6th-8th December €85pp
View hotel here €94pp
Prague Christmas Market Break: Flights & 4-Star Hotel, 4th December, 3 Nights, €199
Prague must rival Paris for the title of Europe’s most beautiful city. Wenceslas Square, medieval Charles Bridge and Prague Castle are just some of the architectural masterpieces and a Christmas market break is a great way to appreciate them.
This compact city is one where you can see the most of the highlights in your three night break. And if nightlife is what you seek, you won’t be left wanting, with arguably the world’s best beer to go with it!
I found great value flights with Aer Lingus on Sunday the 11th of December. The Hotel Merkur is a highly rated 4-star hotel located close to the Old Town Square and Prague’s historic centre. It offers great value if you are looking for Christmas market break. Check out what to expect from the Prague Christmas markets here.
Search flights here 11th-14th December €117pp
View hotel here €82pp
Looking for more inspiration for Christmas market breaks?
Read: Europe’s Top 10 Christmas Market Breaks
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