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.
“Perfect placement, and ideal for family with kids” Very easy to find, and easy to access. Whole experience was so easy, clean property, great facilities, very homely and comfortable. Lots of outdoor space if the Manchester weather permits. Great park
We really enjoyed our stay at this wonderful cottage. It's beautifully furnished, spotless and really well equipped. It was a great location for visiting our friends in south manchester. The owners ar… More
“A home away from home”
Reviewed 20 Apr 2013
Being a family with young children, we had a few requirements we could not compromise on in planning our daring trip to the North West England in the middle of winter. We wanted a place to stay for tw… More
“First class access to everywhere” Cottage was spotless and fully equiped and I was provided on arrival with milk,coffee, bread, biscuits, eggs and a bottle of wine ! The public transport links are amazing,two railway stations,trams and buses all withi
“Contemporary Norwegian style in one of Europe's most dynamic cities.” We stayed in this stylish apartment for a week. It is in an ideal location in the new waterfront development next door to a famous boutique hotel. It is very convenient, comfortab
“Fantastic apartment” This apartment has absolutely everything you need. Two bathrooms for those that like their own space, great views, comfortable beds and good bars in walking distance. I can't stress enough about how lovely the owner was and how
From the start of the booking Patricia was very helpful and this continued all the way until she waved us on our way back to the airport. The apartment is even better than the pictures and we loved o… More
“Wonderful find in Dublin! Perfect location, luxury flat!”
Reviewed 13 Aug 2013
We stayed here with our two children (13 and 17) four nights. What a great find. The flat is spotless and modern with every amenity we could possibly need from washer/dryer to 3D television and Playst… More
Thank you for doing such a great review for us and future guests.
We are so pleased you had a wonderful time and that you felt the Irish welcome.
Great to see you took on some Irish slang too!
“Fantastic family friendly option in Dublin - I'd go back here and no where else!”
Reviewed 16 Jul 2013
I am so glad I found Patricia through TripAdvisor! From initial contact to our final goodbye hugs she was always attentive and her lovely apartment was every bit the luxury promised! Everything was su… More
Thank you so much for taking the time to do this truely wonderful review.
I am so glad you enjoyed Dublin and the apartment felt like home to you all.
It is great to get some feedback and know that I have happy and comfortable guests.
Thank you for such a great heading too Best wishes Patricia
Had a lovely weekend away with hubby and our friends. The appartment had everything we needed and more, we were able to sit back and relax in the home comforts. The apartments querky layout was very d… More
Reviewed 8 Apr 2016
Superb apartment! lovely and clean with a perfect location in the centre of York, couldn't ask for more… More
“High Standard as usual”
Reviewed 28 Feb 2015
We have stayed several times at both Sandra's lovely apartments, they are so comfortable, homely, clean and have everything you need. They are located in an ideal spot only 3 minutes walk away from t… 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
“Craven street” The apartment was fantastic, big and spacious. The lounge was bright and homely, the grandchildren loved the swivel chair and remote light switch. The master bedroom, I can't describe how big it was, and the bed was so big. I have no c
Perfect location at an affordable price. Easy walking distance to many attractions and sights including Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Buckingham Palace, Theatres, Museums and Restaurants. Trans… More
“Perfectly equipped and situated”
Reviewed 19 Dec 2011
Best city centre accommodation we have ever had. I had high hopes for the location which were well-founded - I doubt you could do better for a shopping/eating/theatre and sight-seeing visit to London.… More
“Perfect location, very nice apartment with all conforts”
Reviewed 30 Jun 2011
We stay there for 5 days.
The house is in a quite street, just behind Trafalgar Square. In a one minute walk you have underground, trains, buses, taxes and various supermarkets and obviously a lot of… More
“An excellent rural location close to Bath” A very comfortable cottage in a quiet rural location with superb views over the surrounding countryside. We were made to feel very welcome and had a wonderful time visiting nearby Bath.
“The Coach House” The cottage was beautiful and Charlotte had left some lovely bacon, sausages and eggs from the local farm. We had a fantastic visit, with everything we needed and wonderful hosts who were there if we needed anything.
Had a lovely weekend away with the girls, the cottage was clean and comfortable. Charlotte the owner was really friendly and kind. We were provided with milk and breakfast which was a lovely touch. I … More
Reviewed 30 Mar 2017
We spent a week in the Coach House in March 2017 whilst our daughter was moving into new flat. The Coach House is in a delightful position just outside Bath with great views. It is extremely spaciou… More
We stayed in the apartment over Christmas and it was just wonderful. Maggie met us on arrival and showed us everything in the apartment. The apartment was centrally located - a 5 minute walk to the … More
Thank you choosing to spend Christmas at Emperors Wharf. Its really good to hear that you enjoyed the apartment as much as the Christmas festivities in beautiful York.
Thanks for your review. Maggie
“Could not fault the property”
Reviewed 9 Nov 2016
The property was in a very good location, and the apartment was excellent, no attention to detail was too much for Maggie Abel, she really cares about the property and was really welcoming.… More
Thank you for your kind words. It is lovely to hear that you enjoyed your break and appreciated our efforts. I hope you will return. Best wishes, Maggie
“Ms” A delightful homely cottage in a quiet street but just a very ahort walk to a huge array of restaurants, all the Oxford sights and the rural banks of the Thames. Owner Liz is very flexible. A great find - book up and see for yourself.
“Great place ideal for people who want to cook for themselves”
Reviewed 25 Feb 2014
Really neat and tidy place, well maintained. Especially the kitchen was well laid out and well-equipped. It was a bit cold (winter!) until we figured out to turn the furnace into continuous mode. Jeri… More
“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
“Location location location!” As soon as we arrived outside the building we could tell we'd picked a great place here, overlooking the quayside and extremely central. The flat was modern, spacious, bright and had everything we were looking for. Jacquel
Our annual get together with friends was arranged for Manchester and I booked this apartment. Jacqueline is excellent and the apartment really lovely and clean with everything you need for a short br… More
“Great apartment, local to town centre”
Reviewed 13 Jul 2015
Really enjoyed our stay. Apartment was clean and had everything you would need for a weekend away. Its within walking distance of shops and bars. Owners very helpful on arrival offering directions to … More
“Don't think about it, book it!”
Reviewed 2 Nov 2015
This apartment is excellent in every way, from the location to the host to the apartment itself.
It is right in the centre of town and yet very quiet at night (and both City and Utd were playing at h… More
“Nice stylish apartment in the heart of Northern Quarter” I received the code to the apartment and the key box prior to my stay, which was really convenient.
We had breakfast in the kitchen every morning, after filling the fridge on the first day. Cof
“Our little slice of heaven!” This was our second visit to The Saltings. We found this little gem for our Honeymoon last year and we knew then that we would be back to celebrate our Anniversary. The cottage was just as gorgeous as we remembered and as
Lovely cottage that suited our needs very well for a week (2 adults and a toddler). We thought it was a pretty cottage, decorated in a lovely style and had all the amenities we needed, for our first w… More
Thanks Lynley. Pleased you enjoyed the Saltings and made the most of the area, including Badminton! Regards, John and Jane
“Excellent cottage - a real home from home”
Reviewed 19 Oct 2015
The cottage was excellent, everything you could ask for to make your stay comfortable & relaxing. The welcome pack was a very nice touch & the comprehensive "making the most of your stay" information… More
Thanks for the review Duncan. We are pleased you found our guide useful. We have stayed in many other properties where they are out of date, so we make sure ours is updated regularly so it is useful. It's also a good excuse for us to try out many of the delights of Bath to make sure they come up to our standards :-) Hope you are able to visit us again sometime. Regards
John and Jane
“Beautiful cottage in a great location!”
Reviewed 23 Mar 2015
The Saltings cottage is a wonderful place to stay! The decor & feel is great, so peaceful. You are welcomed with fresh bread and stocked up with eggs, butter, drinks & milk too. Just down the road is … More
Thank you very much for the review - we really appreciate it! Glad you like the location - we are lucky to have the Bathampton Mill so close - it's even better in summer, so come and see us again :-)
“Best location” 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 hiring a choice for something not too
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
“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
We had a great time when we stayed at the old workshop. The caretaker could not have been friendlier and the welcome bottle of wine was very nice. Would definitely recommend and we would love to visit… More
Glad you enjoyed it and found us friendly. We try to be! :-) Hope to see you again soon. John and Jane
“Excellent rental house”
Reviewed 23 Sep 2014
Very comfortable, well equipped property in a quiet village just outside Bath. Ideally situated for travel into Bath (bus stop just outside house) and also for touring around the countryside.
Glad you enjoyed the property and thanks for the review!
“Really Good, Perfect Retreat After Hectic Shopping Trip”
Reviewed 29 Jan 2014
Group of 4 Stayed, Both rooms were set out as double's, Good to have seperate bathrooms for both rooms to use.
Lovely finish to the whole place, welcome pack was.. Welcome, loved the views from mai… More
Nice to hear you enjoyed the Old Workshop and the Xmas market. It was really great this year - even better than before, we thought. We think it's nice to retreat to a quiet spot after the hectic bustle of Bath, so we are glad you found the same :-) Same time next year? :-)
“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!
“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!
“Perfect” My partner and I stayed at the Artpad for a couple of nights this month and had a thoroughly wonderful stay!
On arriving at the Artpad we were very impressed with the beautifully grand apartment. The rooms are huge with plenty of space to
My husband and I stayed in the Artpad at the end of July for 2 nights. I had high expectations from all the positive reviews so was surprised that in real life the apartment is even more amazing than… More
OOOOOOh so lovely to hear your feedback - thank you so much and I'm so glad you enjoyed staying at The Artpad. You must return one day x
“Wonderful apartment, wonderful location!”
Reviewed 23 Aug 2015
This apartment really has the wow factor, having been twice (once being for our wedding) I can say this really is better than the photographs suggest. It has the perfect location for walking out to Ba… More
It's so great to hear that your return trip to The Artpad was just as good as your first! Thank you for your lovely feedback and hope to see you back again one day soon...
“Paradise in Bath”
Reviewed 18 Jan 2015
We recently stayed here for our Christmas mini break, from start to end this place lived up to our expectations and more. Becky was so friendly and it was so easy to deal with her, she made our bookin… More
So glad you had a good Mini Christmas break with us - thanks for staying and hope to see you again this year!
“Excellent holiday” I booked this apartment for my family of nine , we had an amazing week.Antonija was very prompt at responding to messages and picked us up and returned us to AirPort for a very good price. The rooms were all clean and the view from
The accomodation was well maintained and in very good order.
The large kitchen/dining area is very usefull and has plenty of
cupboard space and is also weel stocked with plates/bowls and glasware.
“Lovely Cottage In Great Countryside Location”
Reviewed 7 Jul 2016
Just realised it's been a year since we were at this beautiful cottage and suddenly went OMG don't think I left a review - apologies. Truly is a great place to stay whilst visiting York and surroundin… More
“Location, location, location!”
Reviewed 14 May 2015
This is a lovely cottage located off the main road in countryside, it is a great distance for day trips in to York by car or bus, also for outlet centres for retail therapy!
Well decorated and very c… More
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
“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
“Christmas 2016” We arrived on a cold, dark winters night to find the house already warm and cosy. Everything for a comfortable stay was there, and the owner only a phone call away if any problems arose.
Close to Altrincham, Hale, shops and the train
“Cute little 2 bedroom house in nice location with all the comforts of home.”
Reviewed 2 Oct 2013
We are a family of 4 (2 teenage children) and were visiting family in Manchester and this house was very close to them, and suited us perfectly for a short stay. The house is cosy and well furnished w… More
“Home away from home”
Reviewed 22 Jan 2013
A very practical well equipped house with easy access to shops,cafes and excellent restaurants in Hale. Easy access to Altrincham with traditional market, ice rink and leisure centre. Used tram syste… More
Reviewed 20 Jan 2013
Had the pleasure of finding this little gem as a last minute crisis. We were let down by our booked accomodation and the owner was really obliging and helpfull in assisting us and getting us settled i… More
“Very homely and cosy” On our way to Cornwall we couldnt have hoped for a better place to stay in Bath. The cottage was clean and well furnished. My daughter loved the selection of books and immediately began reading!. my son was more into music!
We were very comfortable in this cottage. We found Bathford a convenient place to stay to explore Bath. We didnt use our car at all instead choosing to walk along the canal into Bath or use the bus. … More
Thank you for taking the time to post a review. I am so glad you enjoyed your time in the cottage and were able to do the lovely walk into Bath along the canal.
I understand your point about the reading lamp as the lighting is quite soft in the living room when only the two lamps are on. We felt that the directional spots overhead did the job well when required but we will certainly look at this again. We have never encountered a problem with the shower tray at the cottage but thank you for bringing this to our attention.
We hope you come back again to Bathford - we will be offering some lazy weekends in January and some of February with late Sunday departures on offer - perfect for the sales and sunday lunch.