Experience the Magic of Europe’s Festive Markets with Park Plaza this Christmas
November 21, 2018
‘Tis nearly the season to be jolly and nothing heralds the start of the Christmas period more than visiting a festive market. Since its first appearance in Germany in 1434, this charming tradition has been embraced by nearly every European city! With more choice and visitors than ever, the decision of which Christmas fair to visit can be overwhelming. To help you decide, Park Plaza Hotels® & Resorts shares its all-time favourite Christmas markets, giving you one less thing to organise yourself this festive season.
London offers a joyful experience for everyone with its magnificent Christmas markets and local handicraft fairs. For unique Christmas gifts and stocking fillers, head to Winter Wonderland for an overwhelming choice of 200 stalls brimming with wonderful handmade gifts. The wonderous lightshow at Kew never fails to put a smile on its visitors’ faces. This magnificent trail through the beautiful gardens will lead you past singing Christmas trees, fairy-lit tunnels and a show-stopping grand finale in front of the stunning Palm House. Don’t forget to get your skates on at Somerset House for the prettiest ice-rink in London, before popping to one of the cosy cafes to warm up with chocolate and marshmallows.
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge
Visit: Winter Wonderland is open from 22nd November 2018 – 6th January 2018. The South Bank Winter Market runs from 9th November – 27th December 2018.
Stay: Conveniently situated on the South Bank of the Thames, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London provides the perfect base from which to visit London’s festive attractions. PRICE: From £279 per person for two nights’ accommodation in a Studio Room, including breakfast and tax. Valid for arrival on 21st December 2018. Prices are based on double occupancy and subject to change. Room can sleep 2 adults and 2 children with additional sofabed.
Park Plaza London Riverbank
We had a most memorable stay at this truly fabulously chic, stylish and perfectly refined hotel. We stayed on the 14th floor in a magnificent spacious and comfortable suite, with a spectacular view of the Houses of Parliament and Millbank and is ideally situated in the very heart of our cultural and exciting city. It is located on the south of the River Thames with Big Ben, the London Eye and much more on your doorstep. As well as being in easy reach of both London Waterloo and Vauxhall railways stations.
We settled into our stunning suite with some rather special complimentary pastries, fruit and bubbly, actually we could quite easily have languished there all evening, enjoying the ever changing view from day to night, with the London skyline and sparkling lights providing a wonderful vista, but we were dining in the extremely smart hotel restaurant Chino Latino, contrary to what the name implied this eatery served finest and most imaginative cuisine in Europe. Modern Pan-Asian cuisine rubbing shoulders with Latin cocktails. The concept of love, share and enjoy, has found favour with customers, leading to some rather prestigious and well deserved awards.
We allowed the waiter to make informed cuisine choices for us. We enjoyed a set tasting menu, of Sushi and Sashimi, crispy duck spring rolls, vegetable tempura, seared salmon, pork belly and beef fillet. The dishes were presented with artistic flair and were perfectly delicious and fresh. The service was fun and friendly and the restaurant atmosphere was sophisticated but buzzy. We had a fabulous evening, our fellow diners looked to be having a blast too.
Following our lovely Pan-Asian feast we retired with a coffee to our suite to take in the late evening scene from our balcony, wrapped in blankets, and finally fell into our superKing size bed to sleep like babies.
Our morning was extra special, breakfast was a real treat, fruit, fresh soft pastries and steaming hot English breakfast goodies, with proper coffee, the perfect start to our busy day of meetings, sadly it was time to leave, but I feel we will be back.
This Park Plaza London Riverbank Hotel is gearing up for an exciting Christmas, full of fab dining, beautiful decorations and an array of entertainment, for the whole family.
Steeped in over 500 years of tradition, Nuremberg’s famous ‘Christkindlesmarkt’ is one of Germany’s oldest Christmas fairs, dating all the way back to the mid-16th Century. Set in the heart of the Old Town in the main market square, ‘the little town of wood and cloth’ tempts visitors with the wintertime smells of mulled wine and Nürnberger Bratwurst. 180 market stalls, aglow with twinkling lights, sell locally-made ornaments and toys. Kids will love the Nuremberg Children’s Christmas, just a short stroll around the corner. What’s more, traditional craft stalls invite children to get creative with workshops and activities, including festive baking and candle making – the perfect souvenir to take home.
Visit: Friday 30th November 2018 – 24th December 2018.
Stay: Ideal for guests who want to explore Old Town, Park Plaza Nuremberg boasts a prime location across from Nuremberg Central Railway Station. The hotel is also just minutes away from Nuremberg Airport and the A3, A6 and A9 highways, making getting to your winter mini-break super simple! PRICE: From €164 per person for two nights’ accommodation. Valid for arrival on 20th December 2018. Prices are based on double occupancy and subject to change. To book, visit Park Plaza Nuremberg
For something a little different this year, why not visit Amsterdam? Every year, a 20-metre Christmas tree takes pride of place on the Dam Square in front of the Royal Palace, and together with the luminated luxury department store Bijenkorf, they symbolise the start of festivities in the city. Families will love the Museumplein Ice*Village; a fabulous place to enjoy ice-skating with a view of the beautiful Rijksmuseum. To follow, there are plenty of stalls serving local winter warmers, which you can enjoy with live festive music.
The Amsterdam Light Festival is also not to be missed. Returning this year on 29th November until 20th January, the streets and canals alike are adorned with twinkling lights creating a magical display throughout the city.
Visit: Late November – early January. The Christmas tree is put in place on 8th December and the Amsterdam Light Festival runs from 29thNovember 2018 until 20th January 2019.
Stay: Located in the centre of the city’s buzzing shopping district and a two-minute walk from Centraal Station, Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam makes a fantastic destination for short breaks. PRICE: From €189 per person for two nights’ accommodation in a Superior Room with Iconic View. Valid for arrival on 10th December 2018. Prices are based on double occupancy and subject to change. To book, visit Park Plaza Amsterdam
Last. but not least, Berlin is another fantastic German city-break for the festive season. Boasting around 80 Christmas markets dotted around the city, you certainly won’t be short of choices! One of the oldest, most delightful Christmas markets in all of Berlin is Berliner Weihnachtszeit at Rotes Rathaus. Located close to Alexanderplatz, this market offers unique stalls with a design dating back to the early 1900s, creating a traditional feel. You can spot this market from some distance away thanks to its impressively high Ferris wheel providing magnificent views of the city.Other festive gems include is its 600 square metre ice-rink – the largest in the city. It’s only a small fee to rent ice-skates otherwise you can enter the ice for free.
Visit: Berliner Weihnachtszeit at Roten Rathaus is open from 26th November – 30th December 2018.
Stay: Park Plaza Wallstreet Berlin Mitte is a quirky hotel in the heart of Berlin. Just a short stroll from top attractions including Alexanderplatz, the hotel is also close to Märkisches Museum underground station for easy access to the city’s Christmassy sites. PRICE: From €99 per person for two nights’ accommodation in a Double Room. Valid for arrival on 16th December 2018. Prices are based on double occupancy and subject to change. To book, visit Park Plaza Berlin