COVID-19 update: Some Cologne Christmas markets will not take place in 2020. Check the latest updates here.
If you fancy travelling a little further afield for your Christmas shopping, Cologne is well worth the trip. The city has several markets, the largest of which are in the centre of the city near the magnificent cathedral and centred around an enormous Christmas tree. The Christmas market runs from 23 November to 23 December 2020.
Get to Cologne in under 5hrs 30mins, door to door from St Pancras International. After a quick train change in Brussels, you’ll be sipping gluhwein with the elves in no time.
For sheer Christmas magic, head to the angel-themed Markt der Engel to see the hundreds of brightly lit stars suspended above you, guaranteed to make you feel as if you’d wandered into the milky way.
Children will love Nikolausdorf (St Nicholas’ village) on Rudolfplatz with its life-sized crib, candyfloss sellers and backdrop of Hahnen gate, the 13th century gate that used to be part of the city walls in medieval times.
A great market for a family break or weekend shopping trip at 2 hrs 1 min from London.
Ideal for a day trip, you can be browsing the Christmas market in just 1 hr 30 mins from London.
The perfect place for a romantic Christmas break, and just 3 hrs 30 mins from London.
The oldest Christmas market in Europe and one of the prettiest.