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Wintry romance, Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg’s Christmas markets are among the many best, and there are many them too, with no less than 10 fundamental ones throughout the season. The Salzburg Creation competition (1-17 Dec) on the Nice Competition Corridor, Residenzplatz, is a memorable present and extremely really helpful. With snow falling most winters, the town has that lovely wintry romantic ambiance. And better of all is a horse-drawn carriage journey by way of the snowy panorama, wrapped in a blanket, with a scorching drink in hand. Particularly excellent for a {couples} getaway.
Colin Snoad

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Steaming to York

York, Shambles
{Photograph}: Magdalena Bujak/Alamy

Stunning York comes alive at Christmas. All of the slender streets are embellished and unbiased retailers entice you in with mulled wine. There’s a Christmas market promoting European goodies alongside makers’ market stalls. York Minster is lit up with heat colors and may be very inviting with all of the decorations inside. We travelled by steam practice from Liverpool to York, with Santa and his elves serving a three-course dinner. We booked it by way of the Railway Touring Firm – a pleasant time out.
Lesley Corridor

Frozen waterfall and 1,000,000 lights, Black Forest, Germany

Triberger
{Photograph}: Moritz Huber

For a brief break to a festive city, I must suggest Triberg and the Triberger Weihnachtszauber Christmas occasion within the Black Forest area. A large Christmas tree? Verify. One in every of Germany’s highest waterfalls, typically frozen at the moment? Verify. An enormous nativity scene? Verify. Dwell music? Sure. Christmas lights? They’ve 1,000,000 of them! Strolling by way of a starry sky entrance, you’re handled to a superbly illuminated bell tower, fairground rides and winter surroundings. There’s a snowflake path throughout the lantern forest, a waterfall path with a lightweight tunnel, in addition to a nature stage and a fort labyrinth to maintain these of all ages entertained. And don’t miss the Alphorn blowers to spherical off the expertise.
From €25, 25-30 December, 2pm-9pm, triberger-weihnachtszauber.de
Melina

Hee-haw-ho-ho-ho, Sidmouth, Devon

Donkeys in their barn at night at The Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth
{Photograph}: Stuart Key/The Donkey Sanctuary

Sidmouth in Devon is magical at Christmas however for an additional particular feelgood occasion the Christmas carol service (8 December) on the Donkey Sanctuary fills your coronary heart with peace as you sing surrounded by the mushy snuffling of the donkeys. These mild creatures appear to know that they’re taking part in one thing particular, and it feels so Christmassy, with everybody in joyful spirits.
Beverley

Medieval enchantment, Heidelberg, Germany

Aerial view of Heidelberg
{Photograph}: Vivvi Smak/Getty Photographs

Final yr my spouse and I took a brief Christmas break in Heidelberg, between Frankfurt and Stuttgart. Visiting Heidelberg throughout Christmas is a magical expertise, as this picturesque city transforms right into a winter wonderland. The outdated city is adorned with twinkling lights and festive decorations. The Christmas market was a lot much less packed once we visited than another German options and wood stalls provide handmade crafts, seasonal treats and mulled wine. Heidelberg Fort offers a surprising backdrop in opposition to the snowy panorama. You’ll be able to heat up with a cup of scorching glühwein in a quaint cafe whereas having fun with conventional vacation music. The mix of medieval structure, vacation spirit and the fantastic thing about the season makes Heidelberg a really enchanting vacation spot.
Mike L

A saunter spherical Saint-Omer, France

Bars and restaurants on Rue des Clouteries
{Photograph}: Mark Dunn/Alamy

We beloved visiting Saint-Omer, residence of La Goudale brewery, the place we sampled fantastic Nòel beer. There’s a good selection of bars to take pleasure in across the market sq., which is superbly embellished for Christmas, and many locations to purchase scorching crêpes when you have starvation pangs after your tipple. Northern French delicacies at Le St Charles is a should, the place there are fairly priced dishes similar to herb-crusted cod fillet, parmesan risotto, pea mousseline. A morning stroll will take you across the ruins of L’Abbaye St Bertin, Cathedral de Notre Dame and the splendidly ornate Jardins Public.
Kevin

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