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.
“Awesome Place, Great Owners” 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.
Haus Arve is in a great lo
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 tra… More
“Beautiful apartment but be aware of the location.” This apartment is lovely but the location is both good and bad. It is off the beaten path. No way to easily get to Oxford except by rental car, taxi or bus. Groceries? Do you want to carry them on th
This is great apartment with everything you need.
I feel a car is needed to visit various places but use a bus for Oxford, which the bus stop onle a 10 min walk away. John and Amanda was very frien… More
So glad you enjoyed your stay and we hope you will return in the future.
“Superb!!” We stayed at the cottage for 2 nights and it was just wonderful. Beautifully presented,cosy and very clean.
It had all we needed and more.
Location was great just a short walk to shops and restaurants.
5 star accomodation.
Would stay t
The barn was perfect for our girls' weekend in Bath! The property is beautifully furnished & provided a warm, cosy retreat for a relaxing stay. It is very luxurious & the lovely finishing touches made… More
“Lovely, clean, quiet and comfortable barn just a short walk to Bath”
Reviewed 27 Jul 2016
We loved our stay in this great barn, the pictures do not do it justice and were surprised with the size of it. On the first night we discovered how easy it was to walk to Bath when we accidentally wa… More
“We love this place!” 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 are friendly and even helped me
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
“Perfect placement, and ideal for family with kids”
Reviewed 28 Jul 2016
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… More
Many thanks for your review- we hope to see you again.
Stewart & Jo
This high end, south facing, beautiful apartment with private garden and large decked area, is decorated to a very high standard with your comfort in mind.Not just a holiday home, a real home from home, with everything from the shops, restaurants and bars, to the sandy …see more
“Awesome Home Away from Home!” There were three of us traveling - parents & one teenager. Explorer's Rest has ample room for at least a group of four. Negative comments would be that - and this might be typical for the area - the washer cycle took up
I stayed at Explorers' Rest for three nights in February 2015 with my Partner and our 15 and 6 year old girls.
Put simply, we loved it. There was plenty of space for all of us, the house was very c… More
Thank you kindly for those glowing words, Daniel; I REALLY appreciate you taking the time to leave such a lovely review! I'm super pleased that my house met your needs and hopefully we'll get to meet in person next time. All the best to you and your family, Krista.
“Not just a property rental, more a comfortable, welcoming home.”
Reviewed 4 May 2015
Needed a base for extended family to get together between Christmas and New Year. Krista couldn't have been more helpful , both before the trip and even in helping us with travel arrangements from dif… More
I'm really pleased you enjoyed your stay. Yes, although transport between my house and central London's tourist areas is really easy thanks to the transport hub near my house, there were unfortunately no direct links to the outer part of the city where your family is based since they only have bus and train options in that area. Luckily though, thanks to finding the right bus routes, we managed to find a pretty simple solution in the end and the family reunion was successful.
“Just perfect. A place you can book with your eyes closed.”
Reviewed 4 May 2015
For the first time, I found a rental that lived up to and even surpassed the photos/description! This house has everything you could conceivably need during your stay. There's even a cupboard with cer… More
“Perfect apartment in Verbier” We stayed at the apartment Clair abri for New Year with our child (14 months). The apartment was large, bright and well decorated. The owner was very friendly and easy to get in touch with. The apartment is well located,
Beautiful and spacious flat with great veiws from the balcony. The owners called on the day of arrival to check that everything was OK. Nice decor in the leaving room. Having two toilet rooms was very… More
This place was super cute! I also loved how clean it was. Property owner left some snacks in fridge that came super handy when we arrived at 9:30 at night. Walked to town everyday, huge grocery store… More
“Beautiful apartment in a quite setting - will be back” Spent 3 nights with my wife and one of our adult sons and we really enjoyed our stay. The apartment is located in a very quiet neighbourhood, but close to amenities and the "treasures" of Oxford.
We were pleasantly surprised by this modern and spacious OXFORD APARTMENT TWO.
Well appointed, very neat, so comfortable and located in a quiet garden setting.
Highly recommended for a pleasant, rel… More
It was lovely to meet you, thank you for your lovely comments and I am glad you enjoyed your trip to Oxford and our apartments.
“Our Holiday Haven”
Reviewed 28 Jul 2013
We stayed in Oxford for a week and this apartment contributed significantly to our enjoyment. It was spacious, with plenty of room for our family including two teenagers, quiet, clean and beautifully… More
It was lovely to meet you and so glad you all enjoyed your time in Oxford. Thank you for your lovely comments regarding the apartment, we really appreciate it.
Kind regards Amanda and John
“excellent to be recommended and very helpfull owners”
Reviewed 15 May 2013
we appreciated our stay in Amanda and John's flat. the flat was very comfortable, spaciaous, very clean, well equiped and with high quality in furnitures (towels, bed etc..) they thought about everyth… More
We are glad you enjoyed your stay in our apartment, it was lovely to have you and your family. We hope you will come again if you return to England.
Amanda and John
From the terrace, enjoy the wonderful sight on KleinMatterhorn and Breithorn peaks.
In winter hop in the shuttle to reach the Zermatt ski region, or practice nordic skiing right in front of the house
Reach many summits (>4000) with our appartmen as base camp. …see more
two bedroom holiday apartment ideal for families of four with wifi, underfloor heating, dishwaher, fireplace, leading to garden and trampoline. Only a few steps from free resort bus and on the doorstep of town amenities, forest trails and swim lake.<br />An idylli …see more
“It made Christmas 2012 possible for us.” Strawberry Cottage isa very well furnished and equipped property. It had everything we needed for a one week stay over Christmas. It even came with Christmas decorations. It was very comfortable. Our family
My sister and I spent a week at this lovely cottage
Everything provided for us
Thanks for all the extras
Thanks also for all the help with computer and phone
You were both wonderful
Close to trai… More
“quintesential 18th century english cottage.”
Reviewed 31 Dec 2011
18th century cottage with 21st century comfort in a perfect location with bus stop at the door and ,with mainline train station 5 minute walk away.All the comforts of home have been thought of by host… More
“Our family is is rather experienced travelling in Britain - easy to recommend this one!”
Reviewed 16 Oct 2011
We found Strawberry Cottage extremely clean, stylish and cosy. It is very well located, when visiting London, Legoland, the Royal Botanic Garden or Hampton Court. It took us just some 35 minutes to Wa… More
“Beautiful holiday property, wonderfully comfortable, perfect location for a trip to Bath” We stayed at 3 Powlett Rd over a weekend trip to Bath and had a wonderful time. The property is in a fantastic location, just a short (and gorgeous) walk from th
There were 3 of us staying here whilst working in Bath for a week and this was perfect walking distance to the centre of town. The facilities in the house were top notch. Before our arrival we were … More
Reviewed 14 May 2013
This was one of our favorite properties that we have rented. The location was perfect, an easy walk to town, but on a quiet street. The town home was lovely, perfectly clean, very nicely furnished an… More
“Beautiful house with all the mod cons, in a quiet street just minutes walk from the centre of Bath”
Reviewed 9 May 2013
Beautiful house with all the mod cons, in a quiet street just minutes walk from the centre of Bath.
Stayed for two nights in April and the house was fantastic.
Two double bedrooms a large kitch… More
“Such a great find!” We were a small hen do and the cottage was a complete surprise to everyone as well as the bride-to-be. They loved it. It's a idyllic home from home. A world better than a hotel when you can cook your own meals, bond with the gir
“The Perfect City Retreat - beautiful & relaxing place”
Reviewed 14 Mar 2013
The house is beautiful and very quaint. We stayed at the house whilst we were having a DIY wedding and Jane and Richard were amazing. They were very helpful when we first arrived and explained how t… More
“Charming barn renovation providing countryside experience in modern comfort”
Reviewed 3 Jan 2013
We thoroughly enjoyed the 4 days we spent with our 2 children at this beautifully renovated barn. High quality bedding and linens, good temperature control, comfortable beds, spacious living area, and… More
“The Barn provides fantastically comfortable accommocation, with access to a beautiful garden.”
Reviewed 25 Sep 2012
The Barn is furnished and decorated impeccably. We used both bedrooms (one double and one twin) and the sofabed and were all warm and comfortable. We enjoyed the large and lovely bathroom with its… More
Apartment near the Sports Center and bus stop, 10 minutes walk from the center, quiet, view, indoor parking space. 2 rooms on 1st floor: hall, lounge with dining area and fireplace, sofa bed, kitchen, double bedroom, bathroom, balcony southeast, TV cable, wifi, 51 m2.&l …see more
“Lovely apartment close to everything” A lovely period apartment, walking distance to everything to see and do in Bath. Convenient parking, as you won't need a car to get around. Apartment, well equipped.
Conveniently located (next door) to Denner supermarket which is open 7 days per week in the ski season. Bus stop immediately outside the building which takes you direct to Klosters Platz train station and also to the Gotschna ski lift up to Parsenn.<br />Wifi, Ap …see more
“Great for three families all staying together!” We stayed here for a week over half term in May - three families all together. The weather was gorgeous, the mountains still had snow on them and it was really quiet. Lots of walking and eating in mount
We absolutely loved our stay at Vert Pre. Spacious, comfortable and with a wonderful home-like vibe we all instantly felt at home in the chalet.
It was VERY hard (almost impossible) to leave the gr… More
“Great for two families”
Reviewed 8 Oct 2013
We were two families and it was nice that the bedrooms were on either side of the apartment so each family had privacy. It was a walking distance from Les Esserts where the children had their ski scho… More
“Couldn't be better !” We were impressed with the Mews as soon as we walked in the door. This initial impression just got better and there was nothing throughout our stay that detracted from it.
From the unique decor to the excellent kitchen to the sm
“Beautiful mews cottage rebuilt to an exceptional standard and perfectly located.”
Reviewed 11 Jun 2015
Really stunning property that has been rebuilt to a very high standard. The attention to detail in everything was exceptional from the building itself to the quality of the coffee beans and excellent … More
Reviewed 15 May 2014
Went here last week with 2 small kids and absolutely loved it. What a little gem of a property, fantastic location for kids with parks and kid friendly cafés but also on tram line into town and 2 par… More
“Peaceful tranquil accomodation”
Reviewed 11 Dec 2015
I have to say our stay here was excellent, David went out of his way to accommodate our needs.
The accommodation is of a very high standard, very comfortable modern and set out to meet anyone's needs… More
“Extremely comfortable and well equipped” The owner was kindly there to meet us on arrival and show us around. There was complimentary tea, coffee, juice and milk which was welcome since we'd had a long journey. The apartment was clean, tidy and recent
“comfy, clean and welocming apartment just walking distance from bath centre”
Reviewed 18 Oct 2011
me and a friend stayed at the apartment for two nights over a weekend,
the beds were warm and comfy, and the area that the apartment is situated is very quiet, we wasnt disturbed once
no hassle, and… More
“A lovely Garden Apartment”
Reviewed 2 Dec 2012
A very impressive location, this garden apartment was lovely and had everything needed for our 4 night stay. The owners gave great advice on all the amenities and where to shop locally. The parking wa… More
“Mike Moss more than helpful and friendly and it was very handy for the Bath Graduation.”
Reviewed 2 Jun 2012
Easy to walk in to town and lots of shops nearby and good restraurants.… More
“Absolutely wonderfull apartment!” I stayed in this wonderful apartment with three friends. Absolutely fab apartment, brand new, lovely service, and PERFECT roof terrace with a stunning view over the Thames (Spent many afternoon hours there with a cold
“Brilliant in every way.” I have been using Freedom Holidays for over 20 years staying at a different location every time and this has been the best so far!
The property is in a quiet location which is a bonus and the views from the patio are magnific
“Very nice apartment in quiet location” Exactly as described, very helpful hosts with excellent weather. Very nice studio apartment. The use of bicycles provided by the owner really made it for us.
A luxurious contemporary apartment in a quiet location, only a few minutes walk from the centre of Bath. Sleeps 4 in 2 double or twin bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (including 1 en-suite shower room). Private secure parking. Built in 2014 and furnished with lovely new furniture. …see more
“Perfect house for a large group!” We spend 2 nights here over new year - there were 14 of us. The house was beautiful and big enough to fit everyone. The location could not be better. We would definitely return. Really easy to book and the owner and m
“Ideal location, delightful apartment” Safe, secure and everything you would need for a home from home breakaway.
This apartment was ideal for visiting the city. There were plenty of bars and restaurants a short walk away. The local supermarket was at
“Fantastic House for girls weekend away!” Just come back from a hen weekend in London. This house was perfect for us! There were 10 of us aged 25-30. The house is huge... 5 bedrooms 3 of which are en-suite and there's also another room on the ground fl
“Terrific sunny and clean chalet with beautiful view” Lovely and sunny chalet. I rented the chalet just for two people and it was a much preferable option to getting a small, overpriced hotel. Very spacious and comfortable living and dining area, and
Its our 2nd visit to Chalet Fleuron, a lovely bright warm apartment with a nice terrace and beautiful views. The location is good, we usually put our car in the garage for the week and either walk or … More
This cottage certainly has the wow factor and is somewhere you really won’t want to leave! Sycamore Cottage is a traditional property yet has been very tastefully decorated and furnished throughout to a very high standard to give it a modern, country feel that is …see more
There are not enough words to adequately describe our stay at Rathmines Apt 1. We arrived tired and weary from a long flight, and were cheerfully greeted by Elaine and her colleagues. Even though gu… More