Here's an idea that could transform your entire seasonal experience from a dreaded drudge to a festive fiesta. This year, reach for the sky instead of the high street, and fly across the sea to the celebrated Dutch and German Christmas markets.
These traditional markets are nothing at all like your average local fruit and veg stalls, but instead twinkling wonderlands based around historical or fairytale themes, with bands, pageants, performances, special events and mulled wine.
Cologne has not one but six Christmas Markets, each with its own special character and all in walking distance of each other.
The Christmas Market at Cologne Cathedral has sundry arts and crafts, unusual gift ideas and a wide range of food and drinks while in the Old Town you'll find the 'Home of the Gnomes' with traditional handicraft goods.
Near St. Apostein church stands the Angels Market, and ten minutes walk to Rudolfplatz reveals the Fairytale Christmas market with a Brothers Grimm theme.
The Christmas market at Stadtgarten has a relaxed village feel, while the new maritime Harbour Market on the river Rhine has about 80 stalls in sail-like tents and a 3-masted ship serving mulled wine out of its hull. With a Chocolate Museum right next door, what's not to like?
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