6 Christmas Markets You Can Get to From the UK for Less Than £50 Return

Aug 20, 2019

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As much as it might seem a bit too early to be talking about Christmas, there are some cracking deals to various Christmas market destinations across Europe. It’s the perfect opportunity to combine a few days’ getaway with getting yourself into the festive spirit.

Dates vary from the earliest market starting in Copenhagen on 9 November, to the latest to finish in Tallinn, Estonia, which continues right up until 7 January — that’s more than eight weeks of Christmas festivities to make the most of. If you’d never heard of Tallinn, it could be easier to get to than you might think.

The best thing is that most of these cities are accessible from airports across the UK, not just London. We used Google Flights’ easy-to-use calendar function, which shows the cheapest options across entire months. There are, of course, more expensive options from cities that aren’t included here, but we wanted to give you the cheapest of the cheap. As you might have guessed already, the fares are with low-cost airlines. Whether you hate them or rate them, your experience really doesn’t have to be as low cost as the price, and, if you pack cleverly, you should be able to avoid those hefty checked-luggage fees, too.

Let’s get festive and jingle all the way to one of these must-visit Christmas markets this winter.

1. Copenhagen

The Danes clearly love to get into the Christmas Spirit early, as Copenhagen’s cosiest Christmas market, the Nyhavn Market, starts on 9 November but finishes before the big day itself on 23 December. It’s nestled around the picturesque Nyhavn Harbour and starts at 10am every day and finishes at 7pm Sunday-Thursday, with the exception of Fridays and Saturdays when the market stays open an extra hour — until 8pm.

Airline: Ryanair/EasyJet
Routes: SEN/MAN to CPH
Cost: £20+ return

Here a couple of examples of what you can book:

London Southend (SEN) to Copenhagen (CPH) for £20 return:

Manchester (MAN) to Copenhagen (CPH) for £45 return:

2. Cologne

Cologne is perhaps one of the most famous of all the Christmas markets and attracts millions of visitors from all around the world every year. Some UK cities try to replicate the atmosphere of German markets, but there’s nothing quite like getting festive at an authentic, German Christmas market. Starting on 26 November, you can visit Cologne’s markets daily from 11am to 9pm with the exceptions of Thursday and Friday when it finishes an hour later at 10pm, and Saturdays when the hours are 10am to 10pm.

Airline: Ryanair
Routes: STN/MAN to CPH
Cost: £33+ return

Here are a couple of examples of what you can book.

London Stansted (STN) to Cologne (CGN) for £33 return:

Manchester (MAN) to Cologne (CGN) for £41 return:

3. Prague

Medieval Prague makes for one of the most unique Christmas market experiences to be had. In comparison to others, it’s quite a bit smaller, which adds to the cosy Christmas atmosphere. The main areas of the market are throughout the Old Town and Wenceslas Square. You can visit between 30 November and 6 January — perfect if you want to stay festive even after the big day. If you want to do something completely different this year, the markets are even open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Opening times are 10am to 10pm daily.

Airline: Ryanair
Routes: STN/MAN to PRG
Cost: £50+ return

Here are a couple of examples of what you can book.

Manchester (MAN) to Prague (PRG) for £50 return:

London (STN) to Prague (PRG) for £50 return:

4. Strasbourg

The self-proclaimed Capital of Christmas, Strasbourg promises a unique Christmas market atmosphere that takes over the city. Although Strasbourg does have an airport, there are no direct flights from the UK over the Christmas market period, and indirect options work out to be very expensive. So, the closest alternative is Germany’s Baden-Baden, which is only around an hour away from Strasbourg by train. The markets open their shutters from 22 November and close again on 30 December, and opening hours are from 11am to 8pm daily.

Airline: Ryanair
Routes: STN to FKB
Cost: £26+ return

Here are a couple of examples of what you can book.

London Stansted (STN) to Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden (FKB) for £26 return:

London Stansted (STN) to Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden (FKB) for £28 return:

5. Tallinn

Tallinn is the stunning capital city of the Baltics’ northernmost state, Estonia. Its Town Hall Square festivities date back to 1441 when the first Christmas tree was put up in the town centre. This cosy, historic market has been voted one of the best in the world. It starts on 15 November and is one of the latest to finish on 7 January and is open daily from 10am to 7pm. Post-Christmas is also the cheapest time to visit, so if you’re the kind of person who loves Christmas and wants to cling onto it for as long as you can, then this might be the perfect market for you.

Airline: Wizzair
Routes: STN to TLL
Cost: £35+ return

Here are a couple of examples of what you can book.

London Luton (LTN) to Tallinn (TLL) for £35 return:

London Luton (LTN) to Tallinn (TLL) for £50 return:

6. Vienna

Home to the festive aromas of Christmas bakery items and hot punch, a short getaway to Austrian’s capita, Vienna, is sure to get you in the spirit of the season. The most traditional and well-known of the city’s markets is the ‘Vienna Magic of Advent’ market in the City Hall Square. You can visit from 16 November to Boxing Day, and the opening times are Sunday to Thursday from 10am to 9:30pm and Friday to Saturday 10am to 10pm. Opening times vary from 24 to 26 December.

Airline: Ryanair/Laudamotion
Routes: EDI/STN to VIE
Cost: £44+ return

Here are a couple of examples of what you can book:

Edinburgh (EDI) to Vienna (VIE) for £44 return:

London Stansted (STN) to Vienna (VIE) for £46 return:

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