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5 Handpicked Christmas Market Breaks With 4-Star Hotels From €194pp

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Choose one of my handpicked Christmas market breaks to Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Berlin or Krakow, from only €194!

 

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.

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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.
 

 

 

Prague, 10th December, 3 Nights, €208pp

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Prague’s Christmas markets are the perfect picture postcard. The old town square, Charles bridge and Prague’s famous castle are all magically illuminated – it is a stunning sight to behold. The old town square and Wenceslas Square are transformed with market stalls selling local hand crafts, traditional hearty food and plenty of mulled wine.
 

 

 
Enjoy school choirs performing in traditional costumes, or better still go to a classical concert. Housed in ancient churches and grand concert halls around the city, it will add a touch of style to your Christmas market break. Prague’s markets are open from 30th November to 6th January.
 

 

 
Fly from Dublin on Thursday the 10th of December and enjoy a three-night stay at the 4-star Art Hotel for only €208 – with breakfast included! This hotel offers free amendments before the 5th of December and a €10 deposit secures a booking. The Art Hotel is highly rated on Tripadvisor and was awarded a Certificate of Excellence.

View flights here €130pp

View hotel here €78pp
 

 

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Budapest, 5th December, 3 Nights, €294pp

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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.

View flights here €142pp

View hotel here €152pp
 

 

 

Berlin, 6th December, 3 Nights, €199

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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 6th of December and enjoy a three-night stay in the highly rated Heckers Hotel for only €199 per person. This hotel receives excellent reviews on Tripadvisor and is superbly located to explore this vibrant city. This hotel rate also allows for free cancellation. 

View flights here €96pp

View hotel here €103pp
 

 

 

Krakow, 8th December, 3 Nights, €194!

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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 8th of December and enjoy a three-night stay in the highly rated Ostoya Palace Hotel. Centrally located with great reviews on Tripadvisor, this is superb value to enjoy a Christmas market break in Krakow.  

View flights here €113pp

View hotel here €81pp
 

 

 

Vienna, 11th December, 3 Nights, €279pp

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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 11th of December and enjoy a three-night stay in one of Vienna’s most popular hotels, the Zeitgeist Vienna Hauptbahnhof Zeitgeist Hotel. Rated as excellent on Tripadvisor this hotel will ensure a memorable stay in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.

View flights here €104pp

View hotel here €175
 

 

 

Looking for more inspiration for Christmas market breaks? 

 

Read: Europe’s Top 10 Christmas Market Breaks 

 

This post contains affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.
 

 

 
Sarah

 

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Family Deal to Lanzarote for New Year, 2ad & 2ch, Flights & Apartment, €2166!

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Beat the post Christmas blues with this family deal to Lanzarote for New Year. Price of €2166 includes flights and accommodation for two adults & 2 children.

 

Lanzarote is a great family holiday destination. With year round sunshine, great beaches and lots of facilities for children, it has been a firm favourite with Irish holidaymakers for many years. Playa Blanca is sometimes considered the upmarket choice, with plenty of luxurious hotels and great restaurants, most with stunning sea views along the 7km promenade. The newly built marina has some great shopping options with local boutiques and designer shops. This resort is very popular with families as there are numerous self catering options to choose from, most of them offering an entertainment programme and facilities for children. There is also a water park here, Aqualava, or if you fancy a family fun day out try Rancho Texas animal park in Puerto del Carmen.

Lanzarote for new year

I found a great family deal to Lanzarote for New Year staying in the THB Tropical Island apartments.  These apartments are popular with families, the 10 swimming pools probably have something to do with that! There is also an entertainment program, sports activities and free WiFi zones. The Tropical Island receive good reviews on tripadvisor.

lanzarote for new year

Fly from Dublin to Lanzarote on the 31st of December and enjoy a seven night stay for only €2166, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. The flights depart at 715am on the 31st of December so you will be able to settle in and enjoy the New Years Eve festivities 🎆 You will also be back just in time for the kids to go back to school in January!

 

Click here to book flights: €342pp

Click here to book apartment: €798

 

Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Please note some of the links in this post are affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

Sarah

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Post Christmas City Break to Stockholm, 28th December, Flights & Hotel, 3 Nights, €285!

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Looking to go somewhere after Christmas? Try a city break to Stockholm!

 

Considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Stockholm is on the cutting edge of design, fashion and nightlife. There are multicoloured buildings along side sleek modern skyscrapers, it really is such an impressive sight. Stroll though the old town filled with cobbled stone streets, quirky shops and art galleries or experience the buzzing nightlife in the main city centre.

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The 48 hour Stockholm card gives you access to lots of attractions and is great value and of course no visit would be complete without a trip around Stockholm’s archipelago. Why not take a hop on hop off boat tour and explore all the sights – it beats the bus! One of the top attractions is the Abba Museum, a must for any ABBA fans or wannabe singers… Forget about selfies, here you can be the 5th member of the band, dress up and sing in the Polar Studio and your material is recorded under your personal ID number!

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You will be staying at one of the top rated hotels on tripadvisor, the 4* Downtown Camper by Scandic Hotel. Ideally located to enjoy all that Stockholm has to offer, this is excellent value for such a highly rated hotel. This offer even includes breakfast! Fly from Dublin on the 28th of December and enjoy a three night stay for only €285.

Click here to book flights: €140pp

Click here to book hotel: €145pp

 

Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Please note this city break to Stockholm blog post includes affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

Sarah

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Weekend in Iceland, 30th March, Flights & Hotel, 3 Nights, €297!

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Scratch one of the bucketlist and enjoy weekend in Iceland! This super deal includes direct flights and three nights in the city centre hotel.

 

I went to Iceland in last year and I loved it. It was everything I hoped it would be and so much more! The scenery, the people, everything about the trip was amazing, even though we had crazy snow storms! We saw the Northern Lights, something that was on my bucket list for years. Winter time is the optimum time to see them, so fingers crossed you will too. We also swam in the Blue Lagoon. Bathing in the steamy waters of the Blue Lagoon with snow all around us was something really special. In fact the whole island looked like a Winter wonderland! You can read all about my adventures in Iceland here.

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I found a great deal staying in the popular City Centre Hotel. Situated in the heart of Reykjavik, this is a great option for weekend in Iceland Fly direct from Dublin on the 30th of March and enjoy a three night stay for only €297 per person.

View flights here  €127pp

View hotel here  €170pp

 

Prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to change. Note that some of the links in this post are affiliate links, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

Sarah

 

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