Christmas Markets in UNESCO Old Towns

November 18, 2014 on 10:51 am | In Germany, Shopping | Comments Off

Christmas markets in Germany: a delight for all the senses
Tempting aromas, the festive glow, all the wonderful sounds of the season and delicious yuletide treats. Germany’s Christmas markets will appeal to every one of your senses.
Beautifully decorated stalls offer handicrafts and gifts, festive baked treats, glühwein and delicious regional specialities. All the while, choirs and brass-bands provide festive musical accompaniment.

Throughout Germany, Christmas markets celebrate seasonal customs and traditions in delightful historical settings. Particularly popular with visitors are Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt and the Striezelmarkt in Dresden.

Choose from more than 150 of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany. Click on the symbol on the map of Germany for a picture, opening times and a link for each market.
AdTech Ad

Christmas magic in Rhineland-Palatinate
Romance and conviviality

Embedded in romantic river valleys, the historic towns of Rhineland-Palatinate provide a unique atmosphere in the Christmas season in particular. Narrow alleyways are bathed in the light of candles and filled with the brilliance of the decorated Christmas trees, whilst warm mulled wine exudes real Christmas magic at the Christmas markets.

The riverside illuminations in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler Copyright: Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH, Photographer: Dominik Ketz

In the region around the Rhine and the Moselle, adult and child visitors can be enchanted by the lights, lebkuchen and mulled wine at a number of Christmas markets in towns such as Speyer, Mainz, Worms and Trier.

The pre-Christmas period is also celebrated among the half-timbered houses and narrow alleyways in idyllic small towns such as Bernkastel-Kues, Cochem and Boppard. In Traben-Trarbach, for example, an underground Christmas market in historic wine cellars awaits visitors from 28th November, 2014 to 4th January, 2015.

The Kunigunde Christmas Market in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse is particularly focusing on the “liaison of delights” this year, from 21st November to 22nd December, 2014. In Koblenz, the Christmas market is creating a contemplative and romantic atmosphere in six squares of the old town from 21st November to 22nd December, 2014 with horse-drawn carriages and the scent of almonds. From November, 2014 until February, 2015, the Ahr valley is to have the motto “In winter veritas”.

Romantic towns such as Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Dernau and Rech cast festive light over the dark time of year with Martinmas bonfires, riverside illuminations, the Lucia Market, night-time walks and culinary events.

Basel Christmas Market, 27 November – 23 December 2014

November 17, 2014 on 10:50 am | In Shopping, Switzerland | Comments Off

Basel Christmas market is considered one of the prettiest and largest in Switzerland. Anyone still looking for gift ideas will be particularly inspired by the array of products and the fairytale atmosphere. Plenty of culinary delights are also on offer, be it a cup of delicious mulled wine, fresh waffles, roasted almonds or popular grilled sausages. Basel Tourism offers an attractive package deal from CHF 60/48 euros, and various Christmas tours.

Unlimited travel through Switzerland


November 16, 2014 on 8:29 am | In London, Shopping, United Kingdom | Comments Off

Carnaby is world famous for its Christmas decorations. They are fun, they are fearless, they are unique. This year the installation goes live on Thursday 13 November and will set the scene for a rocking festive period with lights sure to be the most hip in London.

The launch takes place on Thursday 13 November and kicks off at 5pm with the area’s biggest shopping party to date, with over 150 shops, bars and restaurants taking part. The launch of Christmas will take place at 6.30pm. Headlining the Carnaby Street DJ stage and launching Christmas are Gemma Cairney, Georgie Okell and Georgia LA who make up The Fox Problem. Also DJ’ing will be Becky Tong, daughter of DJ legend Pete Tong, Leah Weller and Jodie Harsh.

With a nod to the area’s music and fashion heritage, this year’s installation consists of 8 bright red and white oversized sets of headphones and sunglasses that will create a striking image during the day as well as illuminated at night. The 4 meter long 3D headphones and sunglasses will be suspended along Carnaby Street and the earpieces dressed in white fun fur and large-scale jewels. The sunglasses styles include Wayfarer, Aviator, Retro and Jackie O. Snowflakes will fill the air in a zig zag formation throughout Carnaby Street.

Between 5 and 9pm shoppers can enjoy 20% discount, live music, free drinks, goodie bags and trend masterclasses with Grazia Magazine’s Editor-at- Large, Angela Buttolph.

Carnaby is London’s most exciting destination for shopping and leisure with a unique mix of global fashion brands, independent stores, boutiques and new concept restaurants. No other area in London can boast such a distinctive heritage for fashion, music and youth culture. Carnaby is against the grain, it is original and exciting.

Shoppers are invited to post their photos of the installation with #Carnaby and #Christmas for a chance to win a huge £1000 to spend in Carnaby.

Clare Harris, Head of Marketing and Communications at Shaftesbury says “Carnaby’s Christmas installations will bring fun to the West End with the shopping night being a highlight in the calendar. The decorations promise to be as innovative, creative and they encapsulate the character of Carnaby. They will join our collection of new and exciting fashion brands and restaurants. Come and enjoy the party”.—

Europe’s Hotels Let You Save Big on Your Holiday Vacation

November 11, 2014 on 1:23 pm | In Europe, France, Golf Resorts, Hotels, Ireland, Italy, London, Paris, Rome, Shopping, United Kingdom | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowOctober’s apples have been picked, its pumpkins carved and the pageant of its fall colored hills have been ogled and oohed over. Now, people are turning their attention to Thanksgiving and the launch of the holiday season that ends in the fallen confetti of New Year’s Day. Though most Americans think of these holidays as hearth and home celebrations, the Advent Season in Europe is an extremely beautiful time to be there.

The Christmas markets, the festivals and the intimacy of towns and cities when most of the tourists are gone give it real advantages over pea- season travel. Hotels across Europe are setting up the milk and cookies hoping that American visitors will follow Santa Claus down the chimney or even hoping they’ll try an exotic Thanksgiving abroad.

Luxury in the city and luxury in the countryside come together in a joint package by two Red Carnation properties, London’s Milestone Hotel and Ireland’s Ashford Castle. The Palace To Castle package features three nights in each hotel. It all begins with a bottle of champagne on arrival at the Milestone with full English breakfast daily, a tour of Kensington Palace followed by Afternoon Tea and private roundtrip transfers from Heathrow or London City Airport.

From there, participants head to Ashford Castle on the West Coast of Ireland. A welcome cocktail awaits them, full Irish breakfast daily, an hour-long full body massage for two, a choice of a one-hour Falconry lesson or golf for two with club rental at Ashford Castle and private roundtrip transfers from Knock Airport or Shannon. The package can also begin in Ireland and end in London. Priced from €5,000 ($6,366) per person double, the package is valid until Dec. 22.

Ireland’s K Club is offering some very merry activities this Christmas.

Golfsmith: Best Brands, Best PricesYou can get a little more Ireland with a package being offered by County Kildare’s K Club and its elegant Straffan House. Straffan House is a 34,000-square foot country manor on the K Club’s grounds. It’s ideal for groups or multigenerational family stays with its 10 ensuite rooms, its crackling fireplaces and Christmas decorations all surrounded by the Irish countryside.

Straffan House guests get the VIP treatment including a private gourmet Christmas dinner; a personal car and driver for shopping in Dublin or nearby Kildare Village designer shopping outlets; a Christmas tree and decorations throughout the residence, and a visit from an Irish Santa Claus on Christmas Morning with gifts for all. Straffan House has its own wine cellar, a cinema and an indoor pool with swim-up bar. Reservations for Straffan House require a five night minimum stay, beginning Dec. 23 at a rate of $20,000 per night.

The K Club hotel is offering a two- or three-night Christmas Experience (interconnecting family rooms are available) with a full Irish breakfast daily, Christmas Eve dinner, Carol Singing with Mulled wine and Mince Pies on Christmas Eve by the fire and a Christmas tree in each guestroom.

Rates begin at $990 per adult. All K Club guests, whether at Straffan House or The K Club, can participate in Afternoon Tea and a Christmas Eve mass in the hotel. Santa Claus comes in a horse-drawn carriage on Christmas morning with gifts for all. A holiday treasure hunt and duck races on the River Liffey follow after. For adults, there are daily wine cellar tours, art and history walks, and expert-led garden walks. After a day of traditional country pursuits such as clay pigeon shooting, horse riding and falconry, guest can warm their bones with an Irish Hot Toddy in the hotel’s cozy Vintage Crop bar.

Roman Holidays

Christmas and New Years on the Spanish Steps in what’s arguably the best hotel in Rome just might get your sleigh bells ringing. The Hotel Hassler Roma has assembled several Christmas and New Years’ packages that feature its Michelin-starred Imágo and Salone Eva restaurants. All packages include Deluxe Double or Grand Deluxe Double room and daily buffet breakfast for two. The three-night Enchanting Christmas Dream Package also features a six-course Christmas Eve dinner for two at Imágo, afternoon Christmas tea for two at Salone Eva with live harp music performance, and a Christmas surprise in room upon arrival. The package is priced from €1,696 to €1,996 ($2,162 to $2,544); the package is valid for arrivals from Dec. 22 to 24.

The three-night Sparking New Year’s in Rome Package features a bottle of the Hassler Roma’s Franciacorta Storica 61 sparkling wine, afternoon tea for two at Salone Eva, a New Year’s Eve gala dinner for two at Imágo and dancing at Salone Medici. The package, valid from Dec. 29 to 31, is priced from €3,330 to €3,630 ($4,244 to $4,627). The three-night New Year’s Celebration Package at Salone Eva features a bottle of the Hassler Roma’s Franciacorta Storica 61 sparkling wine, afternoon tea for two at Salone Eva and a New Year’s Eve dinner at the Salone Eva, followed by dancing at Salone Medici. The package is valid from De. 29 to 31 and is priced from €2,460 to €2,760 ($3,135 to $3,518).

Thanksgiving in France or Italy

Oakley - Free Shipping - Shop OnlineThe first Thanksgiving was a cold and windy affair that observed a Puritan’s sense of simplicity and restraint. Thanksgiving at The BAUERs in Venice will be created by Chef Hiraki Masakazu at De Pisis Restaurant. Forget puritan restraint, this meal is centered by baked glazed ham with apricots and mustard, and roast turkey stuffed with dried fruits, red peppercorn, roasted sweet potatoes, and blueberry sauce. The chestnut soup flavored with brandy is designed to gives it an autumnal touch. Desert comes with a pecan cake served with ginger ice cream and petit fours. The cost is €90 per person (VAT included), beverages excluded.

If given the choice, maybe the pilgrim fathers would have indulged on the menu that will be served on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré at Paris. There’s still time to book some Thanksgiving turkey with the Oetker Collection. Le Bristol Paris’ Thanksgiving package starts at $1,722 and is available throughout November. The offer comes with two connecting rooms with two American breakfasts. Breakfast for children age 12 and younger and all kids’ meals for children under the age of six are complimentary (up to two children). Young guests will be entertained with a special treasure hunt and their very own “Le Bristol” surprise gift.

Thanksgiving dinner at Le Bristol Paris will likely surpass what the pilgrim fathers had in Plymouth.

Le Bristol’s four o’clock menu includes chestnut flavored desserts, pecan and pumpkin pies along with a traditional hot chocolate drink. The menu at $33 per person also includes Chef Laurent Jeannin’s pumpkin-inspired cotton candy which will be offered complimentary to all children.

Le Bristol Paris is just one of the Oetker Collection hotels that are celebrating the holidays. L’Apogee Courchevel in the French Alps is hosting a Christmas Eve party with cocktails, dinner and dancing at Le Comptoir de L’Apogée, the hotel’s gastronomic restaurant with picture windows overlooking the ski slopes.

Santa Claus arrives early the following morning to spread Christmas cheer aboard his horse-drawn sleigh. To ring in the New Year, the resort will have a special menu starting at $1,000 per guest. The evening will commence with cocktails and dinner accompanied by a French jazz band. The party continues into the night with singer G-star and his band.

Spa haven Baden Baden’s Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa, another Oetker property, will take guests on an exploration of the Black Forest on Dec. 30’s “winter wonderland stroll.” The group will depart the hotel at 11 a.m., walk along wooded mountain trails and take refreshments at the Scherrhof Woodland Inn. The following day, the hotel hosts the New Year at the Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa Gala Dinner Dance. For $485, attendees are invited for dinner and dancing at the hotel’s Orangerie to ring in the New Year in style. Entertainment for the evening will include music by the band “French Acoustic”, magical tricks by Stephan Kirschbaum and a firework display as the clock strikes midnight.

The Annual Amsterdam Light Festival runs from Nov. 27 to Jan. 18. Light sculptures, projections and installations, designed by artists give the city a roaring holiday look. Amsterdam’s The Dylan is offering a one-night Serendipity Winter package, Dec. 1 through Feb. 25, for €325 ($415) per person double. The package comes with a one night stay in a Serendipity Junior Canal View Suite; a 1.5 hour private morning cruise in a classic wooden salon boat on the canals; customized breakfast plate to be served on board; entrance to the Canal House Museum; and a High Wine experience featuring a selection of wines paired with savory dishes from the kitchen of Executive Chef Dennis Kuipers.

Discounted Dates from Hotels4u

If you’d like to catch the early dates in Europe’s Advent Season, Hotels4u has assembled a range of discounted hotel offers that are connected to notable Christmas Markets. The catch is that the discounts are only available in early to mid-December and in very short windows of availability.

In Edinburgh, for instance, the Scotsman Hotel and the Fountain Court apartments are offering 15 percent off if you stay between Dec. 1 and 3. The Scotsman Hotel resides in the former offices of the Scotsman Newspaper. The 1905 edifice features grand views of Edinburgh Castle, The Firth of Forth, Leith, Princes Street and Calton Hill. In addition, this 5 Star luxury Boutique Hotel offers a range of unique guestrooms with modern amenities, access to the Scotsman SPA and Health Club.

Traveling to London in the first week of December? You can stay at the four-star Cranley Hotel in South Kensington with a 10 percent discount and receive both bed and breakfast. Rome’s four-star Hotel Delle Province, between Dec. 18 and 20 is available with a 20 percent discount and comes with continental breakfast. A 35 percent discount is available at Amsterdam’s Wyndham Apollo Hotel between Dec. 12 and 16.

Read more travel news at

Auto Europe Releases Its Top Christmas Market Recommendations

November 11, 2014 on 10:27 am | In London, Road Trips, Scotland, Shopping, United Kingdom, Wales | Comments Off

Argos Travel Insurance 100x50Auto Europe, a leader in European car rental services for over 60 years, would like to recommend the top Christmas Markets in Europe and offer holiday savings on travel to these events.

The United Kingdom is renown for their markets with Manchester attracting shoppers from all over the world. The markets run from Nov. 14 through Dec. 21, 2014 and are located throughout the city with an array of over 300 stalls. Choices include gifts, crafts, jewelry, clothing, food and drink plus entertainment daily throughout the celebrations.

Belgium is holding their annual Brussels Winter Wonders Nov. 28, 2014 through Jan. 4, 2015 and features a vast number of stalls in a true holiday atmosphere. Additional attractions include an ice rink for skating, fairground attractions and multiple light shows. The unique event boasts a perfect blend of tradition and modernity.

Copenhagen’s most famous celebration of the season of Jul (Yuletide) and is featured in the Tivoli Gardens with four miles of lights arranged by Tiffany’s head designer. This Danish tradition begins on Nov. 15, 2014 and runs through Jan. 4, 2015 and some of the features include over 50 market stalls selling gifts, daily showings of The Nutcracker Ballet and fireworks.

One of the oldest markets in Austria is Salzburg’s Christkindlemarkt dating back to the 15th century. Featuring over 85 stalls in downtown Salzburg offering pewter crafts, slippers, loden coats plus a multitude of holiday snacks such as gingerbread, roasted chestnuts and mulled wines. In addition, the 17th century old palace Schloss Hellbrunn, features 24 windows and is decorated perfectly as an Advent calendar. This market runs from Nov. 20 through Dec. 26, 2014.

The Lille Christmas Market in France opens Nov. 19 through Dec. 30, 2014. This month long celebration is extremely popular and in addition to stalls selling arts, crafts and local cuisine, there are many events for children.

The Christmas Market in Bremen is considered one of the most attractive in Germany. Featuring over 170 decorated stalls for browsing for gifts, the historical setting creates a festive Christmas atmosphere. Don’t miss the Schlachte Magic, each day featuring a live Advent calendar event on the river Weser’s promenade.

The Italians celebrate the Mercatino di Natale. Trentino-Alto Adige region in the city of Trento, holds their celebrations from Nov. 22, 2014 through Jan. 6, 2015. This is one of the best markets in Italy and includes more than 60 traditional stalls with crafts, foods and decorations.

Basel, considered to be the largest and most popular Christmas market in Switzerland, celebrates from Nov. 27 through Dec. 23, 2014. The fairy-tale atmosphere markets specialize in Christmas shops such as the Johann Wanner Christmas House and also features numerous concerts and guided Christmas tours.

This year, Dublin is holding it’s first traditional Christmas market in Ireland. There will be more than 60 stalls featuring a unique selection of Irish made handcrafts, seasonal food and drinks and entertainment from local choirs and carolers. “Dublin at Christmas” will run from November 13 through December 23, 2014.

Don’t miss Holland’s Magical Maastricht Christmas market running Nov. 29 through Dec. 20, 2014. The festivities are located all over the city, with a huge ice skating rink, a carousal and market stalls featured in Vrijthof square. In addition to shopping stalls, the Magical Culture Festival also provides festival entertainment in the theaters, cultural institutes as well as in the streets.

Auto Europe offers tremendous savings on car rental, airfare and hotel services for you to enjoy these events. Don’t forget to request snow tires or chains on your car rental if you expect to explore the regions outside the markets.

Read more travel news at

A Shopper’s Guide To Lisbon’s Most Unusual Stores

November 10, 2014 on 10:16 am | In Portugal, Shopping | Comments Off

Autumn is the ideal time to take a shopping city break to Lisbon – the weather is mild, flights are daily and affordable from the UK, and centrally located hotels cater for all budgets. From cosmopolitan large shopping malls to the country’s oldest music store, there is quality and quirkiness guaranteed with a shopping trip to Lisbon.

Head to one of these unusual shops and embrace the city’s culture and varied shopping scene:

Brussels Airlines - Portugal
Manuel Tavares – founded in 1860, this charismatic shop specialises in Portuguese delicatessen and is one of the oldest in Lisbon. A wide range of wines, fine charcuterie, dried fruits and cheeses from all Portuguese regions can be found in this central store.

Feira da Ladra –this famous flea market is held every Tuesday and Saturday in Alfama from dusk till dawn and sells a rich mix of new and antique goods, from clothing, books to furniture.

A Vida Portuguesa –take a step back in time in this stunning shop in Chiado, which sells original soaps, books, blankets, tiles and gourmet products in original retro packaging.
Pelcor – this contemporary fashion brand has a store in the heart of Baixa selling sustainable accessories in
cork skin only, including handbags, belts, purses and wallets.
CNM Companhia Nacional de Musica –the oldest music store in the country is a meeting place for music lovers, musicians, intellectuals and tourists seeking a slice of genuine Portuguese culture.

Caza das Vellas Loreto – this quirky shop has produced handmade candles since 1789 – using the same technique two centuries later. Decorative, scented, organic and altar candles are some of the popular varieties available.
Outra Face da Lua –a fabulous vintage clothing and accessories store in Baixa with an adjoining tea room selling cakes, snacks and light lunches.

Garrafeira Nacional –Open since 1927, this rustic downtown Lisbon wine shop , offers over 4,000 Portuguese wines, including ports which the staff can arrange to be shipped anywhere in the world.

Luvaria Ulisses – founded in 1925 and located in Chiado, this is the only shop in Portugal dedicated to the sale of all styles of gloves for all occasions.
Conserveira de Lisboa – this old fashioned Baixa shop from the 1930s sells one product only: canned fish. The tuna, squid and sardines come from Portugal’s Atlantic waters and are known for their quality and are packaged in high decorative vintage-inspired cans which make wonderful gifts.

Golfsmith: Best Brands, Best PricesThe simplest way for first timers to navigate the many shopping areas in Lisbon is by district. Chiado is the stylish commercial and cultural hub of the city, where contemporary high street fashion stores are located nearby to ancient book stores, coffee houses, old Portuguese tile and porcelain shops and seemingly unknown historic monuments.

Baixa is the main pedestrianised shopping and banking district and runs from the river Tagus waterfront to the Avenida da Liberdade, with streets named after shopkeepers and craftsmen who traded in the area. Avenida da Liberdade is a long tree-lined boulevard, completed in the 19th century in the style of the Champs-Elysees in Paris; and is now home to all the major luxury brands including, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci and Burberry.

Lisbon’s hippest district, Bairro Alto, or the “upper district” is a picturesque neighbourhood, with a wide range of alternative shops, including stores owned by local designers and those selling second-hand clothes, interior decorations and music. By day it is a peaceful place to explore, but by night this district becomes the epicentre of Lisbon’s nightlife, with buzzing bars and traditional fado houses spilling out on to the cobbled streets. Running on from Bairro Alto is the district of Principle Real which is centred around a stunning park and is where the trendiest crowds shop for art work in independent galleries and design stores.

For a step back to Moorish times, Alfama, the city’s oldest and quaintest quarter is a labyrinthine of alleyways, stairwells and tiny squares with village-like grocery stores and shops selling more traditional souvenirs and gifts.

Simple and rustic to luxury hotels are located in every district and it is possible to stay in Lisbon on all budgets. Direct flights to Lisbon operate from London, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Bristol with TAP Portugal, BA, easyJet and Ryanair.

For more information on Lisbon please visit

Jetstreams for Travel Discounts

Conrad Hotels & Resorts Launch “Shop The City”

November 5, 2014 on 12:41 pm | In Hotels, Shopping | Comments Off

Conrad has announced a new programme set to excite shopaholics – Shop The City by Conrad is a seasonal package offering guests booking a Suite a private chauffeured car for the day, and a VIP shopping experience at a host of luxury brands. Launching first at Conrad London St James on the 21st November, Shop The City by Conrad will whisk guests around London in a private Range Rover, to partner stores including Paul Smith, Fortnum & Mason, Harvey Nichols and Bremont Watches. Forget lugging packages around on the tube or getting caught in winter weather – this is the perfect way to get your Christmas shopping done in true pampered style.

Jetstreams for Travel Discounts

Top Ten English Christmas Markets

October 30, 2014 on 7:53 am | In London, Scotland, Shopping, United Kingdom, Wales | Comments Off

Argos Travel Insurance 100x50Over the festive period, England transforms into a magical winter wonderland with a variety of Christmas markets across the country. VisitEngland rounds up some of the best festive shopping experiences below:


An authentic European experience in Manchester (14 November – 21 December)

Considered to be one of the biggest in Europe, Manchester sparkles over the festive season with markets spanning eight picturesque city centre locations. There is an excellent selection of gifts on offer from fine amber jewellery and handcrafted leather bags to Dutch flower-bulbs and Spanish chorizo. Don’t miss the iconic giant Father Christmas perched on top of the town hall – perfect for a seasonal selfie!  Check this link.

Yodel in Leeds (14 November – 20 December)

Once again, Leeds is offering a host of festive activities in Millennium Square. The ice-rink remains a firm favourite amongst both adults and children, as well as the magical carousel ride transporting visitors back to their childhood. The highlight of the market returns in the form of the Oktoberfest inspired German Beer Tent. Join ‘Mundy and Friends’ to enjoy some traditional yodelling and a sing-a-long to all the classics. Expect copious mulled wine and dancing on tables – this is not one to be missed!

Visit this link.


Winter Wonderland returns to London (21 November 2014 – 4 January 2015)

A true family favourite, Winter Wonderland returns to London’s Hyde Park this November with big top shows, the iconic Giant Observation Wheel and of course its famous Christmas market. The Wonderland has already attracted over 14 million visitors, with the UK’s largest open-air ice rink and the Magical Ice Kingdom to delight both young and old. Enjoy hot cider, mulled wine and farmhouse foods alongside a spot of rustic revelry in the shape of an outdoor fire pit in the heart of the park.


A Canine Christmas in Norwich (from 29 November)

Why pick just one Christmas event when Norwich has so much on offer? Visitors really are spoilt for choice with the Assembly House Christmas Fair, which will feature a host of seasonal stalls. Or for something a little quirkier, why not try the Dragon’s Hall Medieval market with costumed stallholders and period musicians? There’s even something for dogs! Back by popular demand, Santa’s Grotto for dogs is being held in the forum once again, so dog owners can treat their pooches to a photo with its favourite festive character.


Festive fun in Bath (27 November – 14 December)

Each year, the cobbled streets and square between the stunning Bath Abbey and the internationally-renowned Roman Baths become a Christmas shopper’s paradise. More than 150 traditional wooden chalets line the streets of Bath, each one offering bespoke gifts, decorations and edible goodies. Peruse locally-produced items and sip on hot mulled wine accompanied by the sounds of Christmas carols.

A Dickensian Christmas in Gloucester (20-23 November)

Gloucester’s impressive historic docks provide the magnificent backdrop for a very Victorian Christmas experience. Explore an authentic Victorian market selling high quality food and drink as well as hand-made festive gifts. Enjoy choirs, brass bands and don’t forget to keep an eye out for a host of colourful and larger than life Dickensian characters who bring the market to life including, street urchins, Fagin-style gang masters, flower sellers, beggars and thieves, all under the watchful eye of the faithful ‘peeler’.

A Medieval Christmas in Ludlow (29 and 30 November)

Get ready for two days of non-stop merriment and tomfoolery at the Ludlow medieval Christmas fayre, held in the ruins of Ludlow’s ancient castle. Expect chivalrous knights in full armour, dancing damsels, fire breathing jesters and impressive bird of prey displays. Also, get your hands on one-of-a-kind knight helmets and fine silver earrings; they make a great gift for loved ones.


New and improved Winter Wonderland in Nottingham (19 November – 24 December)

The Nottingham Winter Wonderland is back this year and will be bigger and better than ever before. This significantly expanded Christmas market will include 20 new bespoke Tudor-style trading cabins offering an even wider range of products, including unique trader made items for the most discerning of shoppers. A truly unique Helter Skelter bar will also be created for the occasion allowing shoppers to enjoy a warming mulled wine or spiced cider whilst the little ones test out the ride.

England’s biggest German Market in Birmingham (13 November – 22 December)

Inspired by its twin city, Frankfurt, Birmingham’s Christmas market is the largest German-style Christmas market outside Germany. Showcasing some of the city’s finest craftsmen, these markets should be firmly at the top of anyone’s Christmas list. Birmingham’s markets comprise over 180 glowing wooden chalets sprawled across Victoria Square, Centenary Square, Chamberlain Square and New Street, each one packed with treats from glistening handmade baubles to traditional wooden toys. The edible treats are equally irresistible as the aroma of mulled wine, rich gingerbread and marzipan fill the air. The craft market opens on 15 November.

For more info visit

Christmas Markets All Wrapped Up With Cruise 1st

October 22, 2014 on 6:45 am | In Europe, London, Shopping, United Kingdom | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowLeading cruise deal expert Cruise 1st has got Christmas markets all wrapped up this winter having pulled together some of its best deals to cities with the best outdoor European markets.

Whether it’s exploring the picturesque city of Bruges, the Danish capital of Copenhagen or the vibrant city of Amsterdam, there’s a cruise to suit all budgets. With all sailings from Southampton, travellers can sip glühwein and rummage through assorted decorations and hand-crafted toys with this selection of Christmas market cruises from Cruise 1st*.

Under £750
10 night cruise with P&O Cruises’ Adonia: Copenhagen, Kiel Canal, Hamburg and Amsterdam – from £749 per person

On 11 December, guests will depart Southampton to spend 10 nights onboard P&O Cruises’ Adonia. Highlights of the itinerary include the capital of Denmark; Copenhagen, where the Christmas market in the city’s Tivoli Gardens includes more than 50 stalls selling traditional gifts, decorations, hot drinks, sweets and delicious food. Live reindeer also add to the Christmas feel. Guests will also have the chance to explore Germany’s second largest city, Hamburg. Here the stunning lights and colours of the Christmas markets are enhanced by their reflection in the River Elbe. Stalls boast a range of homemade arts and craft, including cookies from the bakers of Aachen and gingerbread from Nuremburg. Further stops include Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Kiel Canal, Germany.

Price is based on two sharing a balcony cabin on a full board basis.

Under £400
Four nights with P&O Cruises’ Oceana: Amsterdam and Bruges – from £379 per person

Departing 13 December from Southampton, guests will spend four nights onboard P&O Cruises’ Oceana which has an impressive atrium, Italian restaurant from acclaimed chef Marco Pierre White and champagne bar. The first port of call is the Dutch capital of Amsterdam where the ice rink and olliebollen (Dutch doughnuts made with raisins and dusted with powder sugar) food stands can be found at Leidseplein from early November until mid-January. The must-see floating Bloemenmarkt (flower market) is bursting with Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes. Furthermore, the adjacent Christmas Palace is home to a unique selection of festive goods and is the perfect place to pick up small gifts. Additional highlights include the fairytale Belgian city of Bruges where the photogenic market squares become adorned with little wooden chalets selling traditional arts and crafts.

Price is based on two sharing an inside cabin on a full board basis. Balcony cabins are also available from £429.

Under £350
Four nights onboard Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth: Amsterdam only – from £319 per person

Departing 19 December from Southampton, guests will enjoy four nights onboard Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth on a return voyage to the Dutch capital of Amsterdam. Guests will spend two nights in Amsterdam, affording ample opportunity to explore the city’s 26 neighbourhood markets. Must visits include the floating Bloemenmarkt (flower market) bursting with Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes and the adjacent Christmas Palace, Amsterdam’s unique emporium of festive goodies open all year round. Dam Square is also worth a visit where a Christmas tree, traditionally grown in the German Ardennes, soars 20 metres into the Amsterdam sky and is decorated with four kilometres of Christmas lights.

Price is based on two sharing an outside cabin with ocean view on a full board basis. Balcony cabins are also available from £349.

For more information or to book visit  or call 0800 953 4963.

Tanger Outlets Ottawa to Celebrate Grand Opening

October 21, 2014 on 11:26 am | In Canada, Shopping | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowGREENSBORO, N.C., — Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. (NYSE: SKT) and RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX: REI.UN) announced today that Tanger Outlets Ottawa will celebrate a Glamorous Grand Opening on Friday, October 17 at 10:00 am.

Tanger Outlets’ first ground-up construction in Canada will offer shoppers in Ottawa a fashionable new destination for savings on the season’s hottest trends and gifts, direct from popular brand name and designer retailers. Be the first to shop the more than 75 designer outlets at the centre!

The exciting line up of outlet stores featured at the center will include: Nike Factory Store, Calvin Klein Outlet, GAP Outlet, Banana Republic Factory Store, Coach Outlet, DKNY Outlet, Tommy Hilfiger Outlet, Aeropostale, Guess Factory Store, Nine West Outlet, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, American Eagle Outfitters Factory Outlet, Under Armour Factory Outlet, Fossil Outlet, J. Crew Factory and many more.

The 293,000 square foot centre is located off the TransCanada Highway ( Highway 417) at Palladium Drive. The site is located in the suburban area of Kanata and will benefit from its access to the greater Ottawa market. The concept, design and merchandising of the Ottawa centre is similar to those within the successful, established Tanger portfolio of outlet centres in the United States.

The completed centre represents an estimated $120 million dollar investment in Ottawa as well as the creation of more than 1,000 full and part-time retail management and sales positons.

“We are looking forward to unveiling our first ground-up property in Canada and exceeding the expectations of area residents as well as visitors to Ottawa,” said Steven B. Tanger, President and CEO of Tanger Factory Outlets. “We are thrilled to be able to bring our unique TangerSTYLE to this dynamic market and to allow our shoppers access to sought after brands, the latest fashion trends and incredible savings that come direct from the manufacturer every day.”

Tanger Outlets and RioCan currently co-own outlet centres in Cookstown, Ontario, Bromont, Quebec, and St. Sauveur, Quebec.

“It is exciting to see the completion of this development project, our first ground up development with Tanger, bringing the outlet centre concept to shoppers in our nation’s capital,” said Edward Sonshine, Chief Executive Officer of RioCan. “This unique retail property will be a shopping destination for the Ottawa and surrounding market that we anticipate will satisfy the expectations of Canadians seeking a true outlet shopping experience.”

In keeping with Tanger Outlets’ commitment to supporting the local communities around its centres and children’s causes, the Grand Opening of Tanger Outlets Ottawa will benefit the Ottawa Senators Foundation to make a positive and measurable impact on youth development in the National Capital Region. The Ottawa Senators Foundation empowers children and youth to reach their full potential by investing in social recreation and education programs that promote both physical and mental wellness.

” The Ottawa Senators Foundation is happy to partner with Tanger Outlets Ottawa for their Grand Opening Celebration,” said Danielle Robinson, President and CEO of the Ottawa Senators Foundation. “The generous support provided to the Foundation through the Grand Opening Gala will allow our programs to make a greater impact on youth in the National Capital Region.”

Grand Opening Schedule:

To celebrate and welcome shoppers, the centre will host a weekend of Glamorous Grand Opening activities, stylish savings and magical family fun. Here is a list of some of the events and entertainment planned:

Friday, October 17  9:30 am Stores Grand Open – 10:00 am Official Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony – 10:00 am Family Fun Zone Opens Including an Ice Skating Rink and Rock climbing Wall Tommy Hilfiger’s life size “Selfie” Snow Globe Photo Booth – 8:00 pm Opening Fireworks and Disney Musical Spectacular Saturday, October 18  9:30 am Stores Open – 10:00 am Family Fun Zone Opens Including an Ice Skating Rink and Rock Climbing Wall Tommy Hilfiger’s lifesize “Selfie” Snow Globe Photo Booth – 12:00 pm Special Performance and meet and greet by world Figure Skating and Olympic Medalists TESSA VIRTUE and SCOTT MOIR – 1:00 pm Meet the magical Ice Queen and Ice Princess Elsa and Anna – 7:00 pm Fire Weavers – a Breathtaking Performance of Dance & Fire Artistry About Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc.:

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. is a publicly-traded REIT headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina that operates and owns, or has an ownership interest in, a portfolio of 45 upscale outlet shopping centers in 26 states coast to coast and in Canada, totaling approximately 13.7 million square feet leased to over 2,900 stores operated by more than 440 different brand name companies. More than 185 million shoppers visit Tanger Factory Outlet Centers annually. For more information on Tanger Outlet Centers, call 1-800-4TANGER or visit the company’s web site at

About RioCan:

RioCan is Canada’s largest real estate investment trust with a total capitalization of approximately $14.9 billion as of June 30, 2014. It owns and manages Canada’s largest portfolio of shopping centres with ownership interests in a portfolio of 340 retail properties containing more than 81 million square feet, including 47 grocery anchored and new format retail centres containing 13 million square feet in the United States as at June 30, 2014. RioCan’s portfolio also includes 16 properties under development inCanada. For further information, please refer to RioCan’s website at

Book Your Beach Resort at a Discount

Next Page »

Powered by WordPress with Pool theme design by Borja Fernandez.
Entries and comments feeds. Valid XHTML and CSS. ^Top^