Christmas Markets



A Christmas Markets short break is becoming a must-do festive trip. It is a great opportunity to buy a unique Christmas gift and get into the Christmas spirit at the same time!

The small wooden huts, lovingly handcrafted gifts and lashings of mulled wine and festive treats are a popular fixture amongst the towns and cities of Europe and offer a great mid-winter getaway.

Gold Crest Holidays offer an extensive selection of short breaks visiting a variety of diverse Christmas markets across Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, France and Germany. We have so many experiences to offer; the mini-city of stalls that illuminates the Place Saint Catherine of Brussels, the numerous markets of Cologne or the traditional Germanic markets of the Rhine Valley are just a selection. After purchasing a bounty of unique Christmas gifts and warming yourself with mulled wine, you will have time to explore some of the great destinations on offer. There is the impressive fortifications of Luxembourg City, the pretty canals of Bruges and the fascinating caves of Valkenburg.

We have three excellent new choices for 2014. Combine the historical sights of Normandy and the Christmas markets, explore the stunning Christmas wonderland of the Chateau Vaux le Vicomte, and the vibrant markets of Maastricht and Liege at the ‘Crossroads of Europe’.

These must-visit destinations and our great-value prices give you the perfect reason to get away from England for a few days during the long winter months!


Belgium Christmas Markets River Cruise

Bruges Christmas Markets Mini Cruise

The Christmas markets of Bruges are the perfect chance to stock up on unique Christmas presents and get into the festive spirit. Bruges' market square is full of charming market stalls and an ice rink and even more stalls pop up in the surrounding cobbled streets.
Belgium Christmas Markets River Cruise

Paris and Chateau Vaux le Vicomte

The many highlights include a beautiful Chateau and a romantic city and fascinating food market.
Belgium Christmas Markets River Cruise

Caen Christmas Markets, Mont Saint-Michel & Bayeux

A good Christmas market break doesn’t have to be all about the markets! This four day break to Normandy includes some of it’s most famous sights and iconic locations as well as the excellent Caen Christmas markets.
Maastricht & Liege

Maastricht & Liege

Two historic cities with two popular Christmas markets in Belgium and Holland.
Belgium Christmas Markets River Cruise

Belgium Christmas Markets River Cruise

A value-for-money festive cruise including three fantastic Belgian Christmas market destinations and three nights onboard the elegant MS Princess...
Cologne Christmas Markets

Four Star Cologne Christmas Markets & Merode Castle

This four star festive break includes excursions to some of Germany’s finest and most varied Christmas markets. Including visits to Cologne, Monschau and Merode Castle.
Brussels and Bruges Christmas Markets

Brussels & Bruges Christmas Markets

Browse around the pretty stalls selling an array of handmade Christmas decorations, gifts, chocolates and lace as well as a tasty local delicacies and warming glasses of gluhwein...
Valkenburg Christmas Markets

Valkenburg & Aachen Christmas Markets

Valkenburg is a delightful little hill town built around a romantic ruined castle. The Christmas market takes place in beautifully lit old caves which run underneath the town...
Rudesheim and Koblenz Christmas Markets

Rudesheim and Koblenz Christmas Markets

Kick-start your Christmas festivities with a festive visit to two of Germany's finest Christmas Markets. Rudesheim Christmas Markets offers 120 stalls representing 12 countries showcasing Christmas customs and traditions from around the world...
Luxembourg and Trier Christmas Markets

Four Star Luxembourg & Trier Christmas markets

Luxembourg is one of Europe's smallest countries and we believe is a must-see destination. We also take you across the border into Germany to the fabulous Christmas Markets at Trier.
Christmas Markets

Ostend, Bruges & Valkenburg Christmas Markets

Get into the festive spirit with included visits to three of Europe's finest Christmas Markets in Belgium and Holland. This short break includes visits to three different European Christmas Markets.
Rochester's Dickensian Christmas Festival

Rochester & the Dickensian Christmas Festival

Every year Charles Dickens' Victorian England comes alive at the Rochester Dickensian Christmas Festival.
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