Get festive by booking a city break near a spectacular Christmas market. Packed full of unique handmade gifts, light shows, ice rinks, fairgrounds and much more, Christmas markets offer plenty of festive cheer to get you into the Christmas spirit.
Cities across Europe play host to Christmas markets from November. Visit Berlin to see Charlottenburg Castle bathed in romantic lights. Or discover unique handmade gifts in between seeing the sights in Vienna, Brussels or Prague.
In the UK, some of the best Christmas markets are held in London, York and Bath. Go there for traditional German-style stalls selling handmade jewellery, crafts and toys and tasty yuletide delicacies. And there’s plenty to keep the kids entertained with street theatre, fairgrounds and, of course, Santa’s grotto.
“Why stay anywhere else in York” We started using this apartment a couple of years ago. Our requirements were a short walk to York with decent car parking and a good apartment.
We have just returned from our 6th stay, why would we consider anywhere el
“Fantastic, modern apartment in terrific location”
Reviewed 14 Mar 2012
Had a fabulous long week-end. Apartment is lovely, clean and modern, everything we needed and in a superb location.
Really glad we took the bikes, didn't realise York and the surrounding area was so … More
Thanks for your review and glad you enjoyed the cycling and the apartment - look forward to seeing you again!
“Brilliant apartment in fantastic location”
Reviewed 15 Feb 2012
Apartment was very well equipped and very secure. Centrally located for all city centre amenities. Free parking and only 2 minutes from restaurants and shops. We were greeted on arrival by Rachel who … More
Thanks for your review - glad you had a good time in York and you enjoyed staying in our apartment.
“Excellent for short break”
Reviewed 28 Dec 2011
The apartment is of a really high standard as specified in the website information. The location is fantastic and only a few minutes from the city centre. A great base to combine Christmas shopping wi… More
Hi - Thanks for your review and also for your repeat booking! Regards Carol
“comfortable, convenient and quiet” Stayed for 4 nights and would have happily stayed longer. Travelled with husband, teenage daughter and her friend and found this apartment a good base with easy access to central London, which suited the girls, whi
Our family stayed at this apartment for 10 days in Dec 2012 /Jan 2013 for New Year celebration. We are from Armenia, and wanted to find comfortable, clean and secure home. The reality was more than t… More
“Perfect home from home”
Reviewed 14 Nov 2012
We stayed at this Surbiton apartment for 2 weeks in October / November 2012. We were in UK from Australia, visiting family in the local area and wanted a home from home. That is exactly what we foun… More
“Lovely house, great location” Can't fault house, everything was perfect, Richard was very approachable and informative. We had no reason to contact the owner when we arrived but he was very approachable and would not have hesitated contacting him if
We stayed here with another family (so four kids aged 6-9 years) and would highly recommend the house. Sufficient space for us all, with good communal areas (lounge / dining room / kitchen). Having a … More
Reviewed 24 Jul 2016
Fantastically refurbished Victorian townhouse literally 10 minutes walk from York city centre. Visited with family for short break, two boys aged 13 & 9. House met all our expectations and is accurat… More
“Picture perfect weekend away” We had a wonderful stay at Yew Tree Farmhouse, made even better by a good spell of weather, although it's the kind of house which you would happily lock yourself away in and stay by the fire.
We were all lost for words
A very comfortable house to stay in. It is well furnished without being fussy, and there is plenty of room for a large group of friends and their dogs. Once the fires are lit, it feels very homely and… More
“Wonderful house, plenty of space, perfect location for long walks”
Reviewed 5 Dec 2012
We booked this weekend for a birthday celebration on the first weekend in December, and the house was perfect for our four families (14 in total plus a labrador). The 6 teenagers had the top floor, wi… More
“Perfect location, atmosphere & farmhouse!”
Reviewed 1 Nov 2012
I booked Yew Tree farmhouse for my sister's hen weekend and there were 16 of us altogether. We spent a lot of time at the house with the log fires going in each room, and there was always enough room … More
What a lovely cottage/apartment - were able to abandon the cars and walk into Bath via the canal toll path. Did return once by boat (trips ran from Bath to Bathampton mill) as too tired to walk back… More
“Weekend stay at Canal View”
Reviewed 4 Apr 2017
Very quiet property. Clean and tidy. Up to date bathroom and kitchen fittings. Nice meal at Bathampton Mill (walking distance) and no problem parking our car in residents' car park. Perfect for ou… More
“What a Find”
Reviewed 12 Oct 2016
What a top place to spend a holiday. The location is very picturesque. The apartment itself is very clean, spacious and comfortable. The kitchen is very well equipped and stocked with loads of condi… More
“Excellent property to stay if visiting York” Excellent property to stay if visiting York. Very clean and all you need for a great get away. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and have already recommended to friends and family and will definitely go back. So
The apartment was perfect and we could not think of anything that would have made it better apart from maybe a second bottle of prosecco!! The location was so central with everything right on your doo… More
Your review made me laugh out loud! Cheeky! I am so glad you both enjoyed the stay and we'd love to see you again one day.
“Great location and well equipped flat”
Reviewed 29 Jul 2014
We had a lovely time in Gillygate. The location couldn't be better. It is a fully well equipped, clean and comfortable renovated flat . Good quality linen!
Charming and friendly owner!! We will come… More
Thank you for your review. You will be back? Delighted!
“This is the perfect place for a city break in York.”
Reviewed 1 Feb 2017
Gillygate was perfect because it was within walking distance to York Minister, Clifford Tower and all the other attractions in York City centre. We took the train from Cambridge and walked here from t… More
Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review. Our location is terrific and I am so pleased you liked the decor. We'd love to see you again!
“An amazing winter wonderland” Our stay in Finland, organised with Fun with Santa was fantastic. Jane was superb in organising everything so smoothly and making sure we had some excellent trips sorted out. Everything ran very smoothly. Akoslompolo
Excellent service from start to finish. This is our second time back here to this truly magical place. The village is lovely and quiet but has everything you need within walking distance. The superma… More
“Excellent stay, great location”
Reviewed 17 Mar 2014
Lovely clean log cabin with all the comforts of home. Short walk to ski bus, supermarket and the many restaurants, but also far enough away to give the feeling of being in your own little world. Just… More
Reviewed 9 Jan 2014
We visited Akaslompolo and stayed in the Dasher cabin in December 2013. It really was a fantastic holiday and was so much more than we had expected.
Jane was so helpful in helping us organise the h… More
“Excellent stay” Lovely clean modern flat. We stayed for three nights. Two separate bedrooms, one double room en suite and one bedroom with twin beds plus separate bathroom with shower.
Beds very comfortable and the flat overlooks the River Ouse.
This was our second stay at 44 Emperors Wharf and we can't wait for next year. Excellent apartment in a brilliant location. Great views from the balcony and very comfortable beds. Secure car parking i… More
“Best Place Ever”
Reviewed 4 Jul 2016
We stayed here two nights and of the 3 places we rented on our trip to Europe this was my favorite. Great view, location and flat. No problems at all. Would definitely stay here again and hope to agai… More
Reviewed 20 Nov 2016
Beautiful apartment everything we needed stunning views would definitely come back again would highly recommend this too anyone… More
“Warm, inviting, quaint, charming, should I say more?” We had the most remarkable time in Dublin and after a long day of exploring it was nice to come home to the cottage. This is how we felt staying at the cottage, coming home! The atmosphere was wa
“Best friends catching up” My best friend and I spent a lovely weekend in York and decided on a weekend rent rather than a hotel or B&B. It was a lovely place - very central so could walk everywhere. The owners were very hospitable and made us feel ver
Excellent property in the centre of York. This accommodation ticked all the boxes.The owners were very helpful and friendly and met us at the property to hand over the keys.The property was to a high … More
“Room with a view” What a wonderful apartment.
Beautifully decorated and well furnished with lots of lovely touches and gestures such as cake, fresh bread and flowers and a cold bottle of bubbly too.
Highly recommended - perfect location.
My wife and I can honestly say that, out of all the places we've ever stayed, this is by far THE best!
Sheena made us so welcome on our arrival. Everything you could think of had been catered for - r… More
WOW! Thank you so much! We really try to make things special and it is just great to know you all enjoyed your stay. What a fabulous review. You have really made my day!
Love the place. The location was great - super close to the tube and a great line so everything was quick and easy to get to. It is close to grocery stores so you don't have to eat out for every mea… More
“Everything is perfect !”
Reviewed 10 Apr 2014
We have stayed in the apartment for a week, we did not expect it to be as good as that !
Fantastic location, beautiful view, well-equiped studio, spacious, cozy and clean.
We loved it and certai… More
“Great place to stay in London.”
Reviewed 27 Jan 2014
Great location!!! Only 5-10 minutes walk to a tube station (Bermondsey). 5 minutes walk to Shad Thames, which has a great selection of nice restaurants and great view of London Bridge. The flat has ve… More
“Absolutely wonderful!” We had the pleasure to stay at Chalet Arve for a week over Christmas (December 2015). The apartment is in a superb location in the center of Klosters, walking distance to everything including the train station, main supermarket
We stayed there for a week this July and the owners Amanda and Kevin were incredibly helpful and hospitable. We had a very late arrival yet they waited up and helped us get everything situated.
“Great house, fab location, didn't want to leave!” Stayed at house to film a short film, house slept all crew and cast comfortably with plenty of living and sleeping space. Mike (owner) was extremely welcoming and helped us wherever he could. Great pla
Fantastic house with everything you could wish for. 18 ladies stayed there for my 50th birthday weekend. Plenty of room & most bedrooms with ensuite. Comfy beds too.… More
“Large house in pristine condition, perfect for a hen party/weekend with friends”
Reviewed 4 Nov 2015
A group of 17 of us stayed here for a weekend celebrating a hen party. The house was immaculate. The owner was easy to contact and checking in and out was made very easy as he lives next door. The hou… More
“Exceptional property presented and maintained to the highest standards.”
Reviewed 6 Sep 2015
This property is exceptional. It is beautiful, well-designed, very functional for a large group, and extremely clean! What a refreshing treat- at no point did the house feel like a 'rental property'. … More
Caledonia Mews is perfectly situated in the village of Clifton, near bus routes to the city, suspension bridge, supermarkets, independent shops, a fine selection of eateries and a lovely park for the … More
“Very private chalet with incredible views” Chalet Bergheim is a wonderful cosy chalet with all the amenities you could think of. Using the hot tub after a day on the slopes was one of the highlights of our day. Having the champagne bar next door was a
“Chalet Bergheim holiday memories shall be forever treasured”
Reviewed 27 Jan 2016
Historically tales of our holiday dramas and the chaos created have made for good drink party entertainment, and this one was no exception. Chalet Bergheim holiday memories shall be forever treasured… More
Thanks Chrissy for your hilarious review! Unfortunately the canton of Wallis won't let us have a snowmobile otherwise we would get one. It only happens about once per season that the helicopters can't fly due to bad weather, sorry that you were the unlucky one. Good job you had plenty of champagne and gin for afterwards! Glad you had a fun time and come back soon. Will
“Amazing stay! 5* Apartment” Booked Kenilworth apartment for a girls weekend for 6 of us to stay. Apartment was spotless, gorgeous, great value for the price and just perfect for a mix of nights in with a takeaway and a night out on the Toon. Landlords
Just arrived back from a fantastic stay at Kenilworth Road Newcastle. The apartment is out of this world,its so spotless, modern and spacious. There is also a allocated parking spot which is good. It… More
Thank you so much for your lovely comments it was a pleasure so pleased you and your family had such a great stay in the North East and loved Kenilworth We hope you will return in the near future.
Nige & Michelle
“Beautiful apartment, very helpful owners!”
Reviewed 29 Jul 2014
We loved this place. It was more like a house than an apartment and beautifully renovated to a very high standard. The owners were extremely helpful from the initial booking and we met Michelle in per… More
Many thanks for your very kind words and comments delighted you and the family loved your stay in Kenilworth and the North East. Glad we were able to help in some small way to make your sons graduation special. We look forward to welcoming you again the next time you are in the UK and England.
Nige & Michelle
“Couldn't have been better.”
Reviewed 29 Jul 2014
Kenilworth House must be one of, if not, the very best place place to stay in Newcastle.
I am from the area and stayed here with my Canadian Husband and his 2 children. Every person was very impre… More
Thank you so much for the lovely words and fab comments we were delighted you loved Kenilworth and so pleased you thought it was the perfect start to your married life. Enjoy your new life in Canada and hope you can stay with us again when you return back to the UK.
Nige & Michelle
“If you're visiting york or going to the Races stay nowhere else!!” I booked this house for myself and 2 friends to stay during the races weekend, the house was great, really spacious, easy to find, clean, tidy, and bang in the centre of town! The owne
Number 1 is the location, central York, so everywhere is walkable. No need to use the car but having the on street parking included was a huge bonus. Parking is a little tight at times so if you're hi… More
“Fabulous house in a fantastic location”
Reviewed 4 Feb 2013
My husband and our two teenage children stayed here on a weekend break in February.
The property is in a great location only a few minutes walk from the city centre and yet far enough away not to be … More
“Beautiful area, spacious house, friendly helpful owners, wonderful pool!” Excellent property in a rural setting with beautiful views of forests and mountains. Very well equipped house which is clean, spacious and has efficient air con in all the rooms
“Absolutely amazing” We had such a wonderful time at the White willow lodge. It was relaxing and very tranquil. The views were breath taking, especially in the evening and the overall vibe was great. We loved our time here and would recommend this lake
We had a wonderful time staying here, it was such a cosy place. In a wonderful setting and a real get away from it all. If you want to escape the city and get some real rest and recuperation I highly … More
“The most amazing trip of my life.”
Reviewed 7 Jan 2015
It was an absolutely amazing stay and a hugely amazing trip and definitely worth it. We went for a winters walk out down by the bird hide and went down to the beautiful Coln river. As I am obsessed wi… More
Reviewed 23 Nov 2014
White Willow Lodge is stunning - an absolutely perfect place for a weekend away with friends.
The decor is gorgeous, from the amazing top floor bedroom and bathroom, to the open plan living and kitch… More
“Superbly relaxing” We stayed in Cuckoo's Nest in Mid November. The cottage is a really lovely estate with a spa and tennis courts on site. The house is beautifully located on the lake with a stunning view. Our party included 6 adults and one small
We enjoyed a fabulous mid-week break at Cuckoos Nest with our 6 month old. The house is in a lovely position overlooking the lake and a very close walk to both the spa and the shop.
The house is v… More
“Lovely house, beautiful setting, good fishing and relaxing spa”
Reviewed 17 Jul 2012
We stayed here with 4 adult children, partners and 2 young grandchildren. The boys all enjoyed fishing from the back of the house, and I can recommend the artspa - we tried a variety of treatments an… More
“Lovely house, great location, wonderful spa”
Reviewed 21 Jun 2012
We stayed at Cuckoos Nest with friends and young children. It is a super house, beautifully equipped and a great wood burning stove - great to return to a roaring log fire after a crisp winter's walk … More
“Lovely chalet with great views” Everything was great, we had a lovely short break in the the chalet. The location is very good - walking distance from the railway station and cable car. We found the house very relaxing to stay in and enjoyed the vie
Chalet Rhaetia surpassed all expectations. Spacious, well equipped , beautifully clean yet with a with a comfortable and home from home feel right from when you get there. The view from the chalet is … More
“A super vacation place”
Reviewed 10 Mar 2016
In the Chalet Rhaetiat you will feel at home right away. We were there with a three generation family (grandparents, children with there partners and grandchildren) to spend our skiing vacations toget… More
“Great place to stay”
Reviewed 29 Sep 2014
This summer was the second time we rented the chalet. The chalet is very spacious. It's clean. It has lots of light. And an incredible view out the front windows. The Madrisa gondola is a five minute … More
“Mrs” We spent a lovely weekend in Bath - 8 old university friends.
Mignon House is in an amazing location but was still very peaceful. We loved the character of the house and Paul was a very friendly and relaxed owner.
Most things about the house w
My friends and I stayed here for a hen weekend and it was perfect for everything we needed! There were 8 of us in total and there was plenty of room for us all. The apartment is located really central… More
“Perfect for what we wanted it for.”
Reviewed 3 Apr 2013
I was very impressed with this house as it was in the very centre of bath. We had a lady who couldn't walk too much and it was the perfect for her. The house was well maintained and there was good att… More
“best for comfort and location”
Reviewed 24 Mar 2013
most enjoyable weekend made to feel very welcome welcome pack was most appreciated.the accomodation was lacking in nothing ,warm and comfortable… More
“Great Dublin Rental in convenient location” This beautiful apartment is in a very convenient location for taking public transportation. It is furnished and decorated in a modern and stylish manner that is very comfortable. For anyone with limited mo
“Birthday Weekend” What a wonderful house, bright and spacious, we loved our stay there... just right for our family weekend. Stylish decor with a lovely outside area looking onto the river. All the extra touches from the owner (wine, bread, milk and
This was a very well-kept place, and ideally located just outside the city wall. We enjoyed immensely the terrace, which overlooked the river. The only possible drawback may have been the fact that th… More
Thank you for your kind comments,most terraces in your have the one bathroom thou but pleased you enjoyed your stay
“Great location, beautiful house”
Reviewed 4 Aug 2015
We stayed for 2 nights, wish we could have stayed for more! Lovely clean holiday home, absolutely perfect location, walking distance to shops, restaurants etc. A welcome pack of breakfast bits and b… More
Thank you come and visit again soon
“A beautiful property just a short walk from the city centre! Lovely!”
Reviewed 2 Dec 2014
We absolutely loved this property! It felt just like home! The property is located just outside the old city walls which makes it convenient for walking into town. It sits on the River Foss and from t… More
Thank you so much for your very kind comments. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to see you again in the future. We've now had riversmead for just over a year and are guest have already stared to revisit us , With help off all our guests kind comments .