Chatsworth House is a stately home set in beautiful countryside in Derbyshire, and the perfect rural location for a Christmas market! The market was held in front of the converted stable block, which is in itself a beautiful historical building now converted into a visitor attraction.
Over 350 wooden chalets lining the sides of the Champs-Elysées? Yes please! We couldn’t wait to visit Paris at Christmas time, especially when we heard of the sheer scale of the main market along the city’s most famous street!
We all love the magic of Christmas, and I’m sure everyone would agree that the peak of festive period is Christmas Eve, especially if you’ve got little people in your family! We’ve been searching Christmas markets and browsing the net for some of the most adorable ideas for injecting some extra sparkle into the night before Christmas!
We’ve visited Bruges (or Brugge) on several occasions, we love the city, the architecture, the canals, and, well the chocolate – so we eagerly planned our trip to the Christmas Market in 2014. Unfortunately we were disappointed… we’re sad to say that Bruges Christmas Market certainly doesn’t live up to the beauty of the location!
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is situated along the ‘Romantic Road‘ which runs through the southern provinces of Germany. This medieval walled city is captivating at any time of year, but it’s at Christmas time that it really comes alive! It justifiably holds the unofficial title of ‘Christmas Capital of Germany’ mainly because of its connections with Käthe Wohlfahrt, a traditional Christmas decorations company based in the town.
During our first trip to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, we couldn’t help but fall in love with the town itself and also the wealth of Christmas decorations available from the ‘Christmas Capital of Germany’. Rothenburg is home to Käthe Wohlfahrt, an empire of traditional German Christmas decorations which dominates the town, earning it its prestigious title!
Christmas markets are great places to get inspiration for unique gifts that you might not find on the high street, that are high quality and will be appreciated by your friends and family. During our visits we’ve come across a wide range of quirky products that would make great gifts for Christmas or any occasion, so we’ve listed a few here, along with links to where you could also get similar items online, if you aren’t able to visit a market yourself in time for the next present buying season!
One of the highlights of visiting a good Christmas market is the range of tasty food that’s on offer, cooked freshly on site! Here is our top ten of the best foods we’ve sampled on our Christmas market trips!
We weren’t sure how a Christmas market was going to fit in Brussels, our only knowledge of the city was as the administrative centre of the EU and a commercial hub, so we made our trip with no expectations, but we were pleasantly surprised! The market, or rather markets, are spread over several areas of the city which all lead from one to the other, so it’s actually much larger than it first appears to be, there’s definitely more than meets the eye!
Having never visited Holland before, we were eager to take a trip to Valkenburg Christmas markets, especially as it’s known as ‘The Christmas Town’ of the Netherlands! It certainly lived up to expectations, not just the markets but the whole town is transformed into a winter wonderland, from the bars and restaurants to street signs and statues!