You may not want to believe it, but Christmas is just around the corner, and if you are into the charm of Montreal’s Grand Marché de Noël and Toronto’s Distillery District at Christmas, we suggest visiting Europe’s Old World Christmas markets.
If that peaks your interest, tickets are now on sale from WOW Air for routes from Toronto to Montreal with a special rate on one-way travel to Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Dublin, and Edinburgh — just $149.99 for travel between November 1st and December 13th, 2017. Flights depart from Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson (YYZ) and Montréal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau (YUL) airports via Reykjavik.
WOW Air has provided us with great round-up suggestions of the best old-world Christmas destinations. Take a look below.
Take in Frankfurt’s historic outdoor Christmas Market
In addition to being a global hub for culture, education and commerce, Frankfurt boasts one of the largest and oldest outdoor Christmas Markets in Europe, which dates back to 1393. Visitors to the city’s Christkindchesmarket can enjoy the many stands offering traditional festive German fare, all while admiring the beautiful St Paul’s Square Christmas tree– a tradition that began in Germany.
Explore Amsterdam’s Christmas Village and Light Festival
In mid-December Amsterdam’s Museum Square turns into a wonderful Christmas Village, featuring a Christmas market where visitors can enjoy mulled wine, hot chocolate and other Dutch treats, or skate the square’s spectacular ice rink. As part of the city’s Light Festival, visitors can also walk or take a special boat tour to admire the light sculptures, projections and art installations along the roads, squares and famous canals.
Admire Dublin’s iconic O’Connell Street Tree and ‘Christmas Wonderland’
There’s plenty of seasonal cheer to go around on a December visit to Dublin, when the “Fair City”’s famous party spirit takes on a distinctly festive flavour. Nowhere is that more evident than at Arnotts department store’s ‘Christmas Wonderland’, where a Santa’s Grotto and variety of festive food and drink await visitors. And no Holidaytime visit to Dublin would be complete before heading over to O’Connell Street to view the world famous Christmas tree lights and old-fashioned carousels.
Get Festive in the Shadows of Edinburgh’s 12th Century Castle
A traditional and romantic Christmas Market can be found in the Scottish capital city’s picturesque East Princes Street Gardens, set in the shadows of the beautiful Edinburgh castle. Visitors can experience a uniquely Scottish take on the Holidays, with stalls featuring the work of crafters and artists, with gifts and traditional gastronomic delights all guranteed to get visitors into the Christmas spirit, before scaling Arthur’s Seat for a glimpse of “Auld Reekie” (as the city is colloquially known) in it’s full and frosty glory.
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