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The run up to Christmas is a magical time to visit European cities that host a range of traditional markets. Holiday Inn Express Hotels are perfectly located around Europe for you to enjoy these markets and stock up on Christmas goodies. Plus, our special offer makes the season even merrier: when you book early, you'll save at least 20%!
European cities like Brussels, Berlin and Hamburg have been home to fabulous Christmas markets for more than 500 years – from the delicious aroma of home-baked gingerbread and mulled wine to vibrantly decorated stalls – you’ll be transported to a winter wonderland. Perhaps the most impressive of all is Dresden’s Striezelmarkt, the oldest Christmas market in Europe. First held in 1434, and now regarded as the gold standard of traditional Christmas festivities, Dresden’s market attracts close to 2 million visitors each year.
Zurich in Switzerland is also a top destination for a spot of Christmas shopping – set in the middle of the Old Town, the market offers a romantic ambience and the opportunity to fill your shopping bags to bursting with sure-to-please Christmas gifts. The 160 quaintly decorated market stalls transform the immense hall at Zürich’s Main Railway Station into the “Zürich Christ Child Market”.
London’s South Bank and Hyde Park also play host to traditional Christmas markets. In the north of England, York is a must for Christmas shoppers, offering everything from unique gifts to the very best of local produce -- all in a magical Christmas atmosphere. Further down south, the Bath Christmas Market is a festive paradise. Set between the stunning Bath Abbey and the ancient Roman Baths, the market is the perfect spot to lose yourself in the magic of Christmas.
Wherever you go, after a long day out in the cold, you can be guaranteed that a warm welcome awaits you at Holiday Inn Express Hotels. At each hotel we believe in making your stay with us as enjoyable as possible. With Free Breakfast after a good night’s sleep, we’ve got you covered this winter.