Maastricht Christmas Market
Brussels Christmas Market
in Holland, with its unique Christmas Caves and cosy cafés and bars, overlooked by gothic castle ruins serves up a fairy tale festive treat like no other. Nearby are Christmas markets in ‘Magical Maastricht’, Holland, Aachen in Germany with its popular Lindt chocolate factory outlet, plus Belgium’s famous markets in Brussels. With escorted travel by Eurostar from London and Ebbsfleet there’s no easier way to enjoy a multinational festive extravaganza.
Valkenburg’s Christmas Caves
are surely home to Europe’s most unusual (and weather proof) Christmas markets, with dozens of stalls, cavernous bars and dazzling Christmas scenes. Outside, the town sparkles with decorations and the cosy cafés entice with heated alfresco seating, blankets and festive tipples.
, capital of the Dutch province of Limburg, with a pretty riverside setting, cobbled market squares, shopping centres and Christmas Market village in famous Vrijthof square – setting for Andre Rieu’s summer concerts - is great for shopping and dining, and easy to explore on foot, or relax on a river Maas boat trip.
In the German town of Aachen
the squares and streets around the Town Hall are transformed into a paradise of lights and colours, festive sounds and seductive smells. Aachen is also home of the Lindt Chocolate Factory outlet - a chocolate lover’s paradise with a huge selection of festive and seasonal treats at factory prices.
, the Belgian capital, has Christmas Markets at the Grand Place and the Place St Catherine’s area. 240 wooden Christmas line the streets of Bourse, Marché aux Poissons and Place St Catherines. These stalls look like gingerbread houses, twinkling with fairy lights and covered with ‘snow-top’ roofs. Try and buy Belgian chocolates, beers and waffles, and lookout for the oyster and shellfish restaurants, a speciality in Brussels.