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.
“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.
“Early spring at Cornerstone” This holiday home was perfect for us in early spring with visiting family and young grandchildren. Warm and cosy but on the bright sunny days we had lunch on the safe balcony. Perfect three year old cycling round the villa
“A beautiful home away from home in a stunning location!”
Reviewed 11 Jun 2013
Cornerstone is a comfortable, extremely well-equipped 4-bed house, particularly suitable for families with children. The Wi-Fi was a really useful recent addition! The beds were particularly comfy wit… More
“Very comfortable and homely house in an attractive and peaceful location”
Reviewed 18 Apr 2013
We enjoyed a very restful and relaxing week in this lovely home-from-home. The house is very warm and comfortable and the facilities on the Estate ensured that there was something for everybody to do … More
Reviewed 30 Mar 2013
Great house. Very cold outside for our weekend away but lovely to have the wood burner for a cosy atmosphere inside. Lots of little extras that the owners provided to make it feel like a real home fro… More
This property was excellent. We visited as a group of friends and this holiday offered the perfect relaxing holiday.
The middle floor with kitchen, living room and dining room was fantastic - its wel… 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
“Very nice appartment” The appartment is perfect, very well decorated and there is a lot of sunlight. The appartments have a good security system, and a concierge at the entrance. The fitness center and the swimming-pool are very nice also.
“Wonderful” Superb lodge in wonderful location. Close to supermarket, town centre and activities. Well Equipped, immaculately clean. Simon is so helpful and will answer any questions you have.Cross country ski tracks right behind lodge. Ample size for
“Absolutely beautiful chalet” This chalet was very well appointed. Excellent appliances in kitchen . Beautiful bathrooms and lots of them . Very warm and comfortable .Excellent view of surrounding mountains and the valley. Close to the gondola and tra
Having stayed in full catering luxurious very expensive chalets in Verbier, this location was much better, 5 mins to bars, restaurants and supermarkets, ski shops and really what ever you needed it wa… More
“Wonderful, quiet, well-equipped, perfect spot for large family”
Reviewed 20 Oct 2014
Enjoyed a long weekend with 3 boys and 4 grand-parents - everyone loved the place and its surroundings. Highly recommended.… More
“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
“Excellent family stay in fantastic apartment” Myself and my partner visited with our two boys aged 1 and 3. A fantastic time was had at the beautiful apartment, arrival and check in was all very simple and the owners made us feel welcome. Great apartm
I came here for a week's escape and to recharge my batteries. I loved it! The apartment was very clean and well equipped. Two sets of bi-fold doors opened onto the large balcony which overlooked the l… More
Thank you for your lovely review - so glad the holiday was just what you needed. We would love to welcome you back in future.
“Perfect place to stay.”
Reviewed 29 Oct 2016
Beautiful accommodation, spotlessly clean and everything provided that you could ever need. Location is wonderful for families, plenty to do, swimming pool was lovely, will definitely go again now we … More
Thank you so much for your kind words. Do hope we can welcome you back very soon.
With best wishes
“40th birthday celebration......” What a fabulous weekend in a fabulous location! A group of five of us booked Mere Hide to celebration our 40th birthday year and it was just great. We did take a lot of provisions with us so that we were prepared for a
The owner was incredibly helpful providing lots of useful information before we arrived. The accommodation is in very good condition and we had an excellent stay. There are superb views from the balco… More
“A most relaxing holiday at a quiet lake side location”
Reviewed 6 Aug 2012
This was my second stay at the Lower Mill Estate. The location of Mere Hide is excellent, being fairly close to tennis courts, children's play area, spa & swimming pool as well as the entrance to fant… More
“Fantastic for all ages”
Reviewed 31 Oct 2011
As a family with 4 children of all ages we had a fantastic stay at Mere hide on the Lower Mill Estate.We felt 100% safe letting the children play outside and even our 9 year old rode to the shop every… More
“Returning families who just couldnt stay away!” Chalet Chambord has everything you need - a real home from home rental. This is our second year now and we couldn't fault anything - from the ski lockers close to the telecabin to "Mr Raclette" who was
We were 3 couples with small kids. The chalet was great and very well equiped. It is really great for kids too. The large living room is perfect to enjoy time inside if the weather is bad.
We also… More
“Chalet Chambord is een compleet ingericht huis, van alle gemakken voorzien met een schitterend uitzicht”
Reviewed 17 Jan 2016
Chalet Chambord is een prachtig gelegen, modern chalet voorzien van alle benodigdheden en gemakken.
Het ligt een paar kilometer buiten Nendaz maar is goed bereikbaar met de auto.
De jacuzzi is een … More
“A weekend with frieds outside the home”
Reviewed 22 Nov 2012
It was a perfect relaxing weekend outside home! The chalet is perfectly organized for the big group of people and very friendly for children (we were very much positively surprised about children chai… More
“Nice, cosy home away from home” Very nice cosy chalet in the Thyon skiing area ( http://www.thyon.ch/home-2/resort/discover-thyon/thyon-2000?lang=en ). Very nice slopes for all skiers, from beginners to experts. The chalet has a fine sauna and you can
“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
“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
“Absolutely stunning property & views to wake up to!”
Reviewed 3 Dec 2014
We came here as a group of families with young children, to celebrate my sisters 30th. We had an amazing weekend and loved every minute of it. The managers of the property we're very helpful and commu… More
“A luxurious and superbly equipped property with spectacular views.”
Reviewed 8 Jul 2014
I cannot recommend the property highly enough! I had booked the house for a party of 13 to celebrate my mother's 70th birthday and it was an absolute hit with everyone! There was ample room and the h… More
Reviewed 2 Sep 2013
We booked at very short notice and I was very pleased with how organised it was. Kasha, Stephanie and John were great at providing information and ensuring we were able to get there with all the infor… More
“Beautiful apartment in an incredible location!” We absolutely loved staying in this gorgeous apartment! The amenities were fantastic and the location is perfect for enjoying the delights of London as you can get everywhere so easily. We would highly r
Yaz was a wonderful host - he responded quickly to questions and communicated often. The property was clean, comfortable and beautiful. My son loves trains so being able to stay in an actual train sta… More
“Great Apartment. Great Location!”
Reviewed 12 Feb 2015
What a great place to stay! We spent a long weekend here to celebrate our birthdays and it couldn't have been more perfect. Clean, well maintained and lots of little extras were thought about (Oyster … More
“Wow amazing apartment in a great lcaotion and the owner was so accomodating”
Reviewed 7 Feb 2015
Wow what an apartment!
We went to London for the weekend to celebrate a 30th Birthday, there was a group of 10 so an apartment was a great option for the size of our party.
It is in a lovely his… More
“Chalet Alexia, may many people enjoy their stay also like me!” We visited Chalet Alexia with two families in the autumn. The chalet looked the same as shown in the pictures and the description. Nice, warm, cozy, comfortable, and luxurious. I personal
“Beautiful, well equipped, luxurious and spacious chalet.”
Reviewed 9 Mar 2013
Very spacious yet cosy chalet, with lovely views. Really top of the range. Short walk to town, although quite a steep climb. For skis and boots etc a short drive to park at the nursery slopes is very… More
“Superb house and 100% mountain experience”
Reviewed 9 Aug 2013
We where with six people, the house was really beautiful and all to a very high standard!! La Tzoumaz is only a very quiet resort, but you'll need all your time to enjoy the house.
The kitchen/dining… More
I am delighted that you and your family enjoyed your stay and loved the quiet family focused experience that La Tzoumaz offers. We recognise that the road access last year was difficult at times and before the winter we will be applying a new top surface which will hopefully make the surface less icy. Do come and see :)
“Wonderful holiday home” From the moment we made contact with the owner, he was extremely helpful and friendly, this certainly gave us confidence that the trip would go smoothly. Lake View is a stunning, fully equipped, very spacious and comfortable. T
“Fantastic, relaxing, can't wait to go back.” Wow! Where do we possibly start. The holiday was a joy from start to finish. The owners Liz and Ian were delightful and made us feel welcome from the minute we arrived with home baked bread and freshly lai
“Superbly equipped and well located” Five state property in my opinion- very well equipped and located close to Levi's centre. Very cosy property and very well designed. Very responsive owner/agents. We enjoyed a wonderful week in TaLevi
“Beautiful chalet fantastic views” We have just spent Christmas in this chalet and had a wonderful time, lots of room for 8 of us.. We used the catering service for a couple of nights which was really good aswell.. The children loved the wooden bath an
“Great Chalet with amazing view in the middle of the village”
Reviewed 8 Aug 2013
The chalet has 2 seperate areas on the ground floor and one on the first floor, perfect for 2 families who wish to have a private area each and a common living room and kitchen between. There is a gre… More
“Perfect place” Its not easy to find a house that can take all the family but Daisy Chain was perfect for the 9 of us. It is a stunning, modern house, the furniture and facilities are new, high quality and all work well. There are more than enough seat