Very traditional at Christmas time the markets in Germany are like no other, in fact no country does Christmas markets quite like Germany. You will find a vast offering of sausage and gluwein, to all the toys, all of course in the most picturesque of settings, just like fairyland. We suggest Munich, or a traditional medieval city Nuremberg, or more modern Berlin. Of course seeing a Christmas market does not mean that you have to cross the channel to Germany and Austria, to the surprise of many, the largest Christmas market outside of these two countries is here at home, in Birmingham, as many as five million people visit the stalls on Victoria Square each year, which takes place from November 14 until December 22.

On the other hand if you fancy some true “razzmatazz” then the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York on November 28 is one of the biggest events in the city. This can be fitted in with some fabulous New York shopping as the following day November 29 is America’s equivalent to our Boxing Day, they refer to it as “Black Friday”, when massive sales take place all across New York, bargains galore for Christmas! The parade is one of the City’s biggest events and as normal will start in Central Park, travelling along Central Park South to Sixth Avenue, down West 77th Street, West 59th Street to West 34th Street ending up at Macy’s store in Herald Square.

If you are not into shopping and parades then how about a few days of sunshine, just a short haul away. Morocco, where the temperatures are forecast to be at 28ºC, this weekend, you can still do some bargaining in Marrakesh, or go to Agadir for a week on the beach. Why not try the Canaries or Cyprus, where the temperature there is usually in the mid-twenties; Paphos is a favourite for Brits seeking the sun whilst Limassol and Larnaca tend to be a little more cultured, you will find some late bargains in Cyprus and Lanzarote has some good deals going too.

So November and December does not have to be all “doom and gloom”, there are always travel options.

Christmas Market

Picture: Carsten Pescht

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