Much like in Germany, Christmas markets in France are a traditional affair, but with the added bonus of delicious Gallic treats too. Otherwise known as Marchés de Noël, city squares across the country are transformed into winter wonderlands for the festive season, with merchants travelling from far and wide to sell the very best of food, wine and gifts. Every lovingly decorated display, Christmas tree and tasty French delicacy helps to create an unforgettable experience.
We take a look at some of the best Christmas markets France has to offer.
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It was during a moment of contemplation in war-ravaged Ypres in 1915 that Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae noticed how quickly poppies grew from the graves of the recently buried. He reportedly penned the famous ‘In Flanders Fields’ the very next day, while sitting in the back of an ambulance:
“In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly”
If you’re thinking of visiting the battlefields of Belgium to pay your respects this November, take a look at our guide to Remembrance Day travel.
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Nothing brightens the spirits during a cold winter quite like the annual arrival of the German Christmas markets. Full of traditional treats, twinkling lights and the comfort of a warming glass of Glühwein (mulled wine), these yuletide gatherings are impossible to resist – with every city offering something different.
As the festive period is almost upon us, we take a look at some of the best Christmas markets Germany has to offer.
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A picture-perfect destination with astounding architecture, Bruges is a cultural melting pot brimming with old-world charm. Located to the northwest of Belgium, this beautiful city boasts more than its fair share of flawlessly preserved medieval buildings and iconic Gothic landmarks – and all just a 25-minute drive from the port of Zeebrugge.
Whether it’s taking a stroll along the cobbled streets, enjoying world-famous waffles in one of its squares or discovering its stunning parks, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Bruges. Got 48 hours to spare? Read our guide to a weekend in beautiful Bruges.
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Can’t decide between bratwurst or saucisson? Find the best of both worlds in Strasbourg, a hidden gem bordering two of Europe’s finest holiday destinations. Sitting just inside the French border with Germany, the city’s fairy-tale houses and 11th-century cathedral make an idyllic backdrop for a Christmas market. However, there’s far more to the Grand Est capital than just the festive season. Home to the second largest student population in France, the city also has its finger firmly on the pulse of modern culture, the evidence of which can been seen by the fantastic annual events held in Strasbourg.
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At 7pm on the first Saturday of November, 57 of the best museums in Amsterdam open their doors to one of the biggest festivities of the year. A ticket for Museumnacht not only gets you into each of the city’s museums, but access to over 250 talks and activities too, like printmaking, cyanotype photography and even the chance to make your own home remedies. The streets transform into a massive carnival of art, science and history, with music and food stalls everywhere until 2am. That’s not to say the night’s over though. After the doors close, the party simply continues in the city’s many vibrant clubs.
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Fed up with the same old holiday resort? Curious to try out something a little different? From the chic shopping streets of Paris to the soft sand of The Hague, we’ve created an interactive map that will help you to discover your perfect holiday escape with P&O Ferries. Whether you want to hike across Ireland’s national parks, explore medieval cities in Belgium or cycle through the Dutch countryside, pop in your preferences and see where your next adventure will take you.
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