10 of the best European Christmas markets you can fly to from Newcastle Airport

Now that there is a crisp wintry chill in the air, it can only mean that Christmas is just around the corner.

Wednesday, 2nd October 2019, 2:42 pm
Updated Wednesday, 2nd October 2019, 3:42 pm
It's never too early to get a head start on your festive plans

With the countdown to the big day now less than three months to go, it's never too early to get a head start on your festive plans - including scoping out the best Christmas market to pay a visit to this year. If you are bored of the same old fare, Europe has a host of wonderful markets to escape to for a change of scenery - and you can jet off to all of these idyllic destinations direct from Newcastle Airport.

Vienna boasts numerous Christmas markets around the city, including Rathausplatz, Schönbrunn, Belvedere and Resselpark, where baked goods, sweets, rides, seasonal gifts and warming drinks await. Market dates: 16-24 Dec.
Several markets will be held in Geneva from late November, including the largest on Quai du Général Guisan, artisans' markets on Rue de Mont Black and Place de la Fusterie, and the Carouge market with rides and gospel choirs.

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Open from 27 November, the main Christmas market at Marienplatz offers a wealth of stalls to peruse, selling traditional handmade ornaments, festive culinary delicacies and mulled wine.
Prague's Old Town Square is transformed into an enchanting Christmas haven from 30 November 2019 to 6 January next year and is renowned for being the most vibrant market in the city, with plenty of live entertainment.
It is not uncommon for the beautiful city of Krakow to be covered in a layer of snow during the festive season, making the market (open from 29 November to 7 January 2020) that little bit more magical.
Brussels is home to an array of charming, seasonally decorated Christmas markets, which range from the traditional and artisan, to vintage and gastronomic, ensuring plenty of diversity.
Open for festive cheer from 21 November until Boxing Day, Salzburg market sits in the wonderfully scenic Old Town at Residenzplatz, Mozartplatz and Domplatz, where food, drink, good and entertainment awaits.
From 21 November to 30 December, Dusseldorf will be spreading festive cheer from seven different themed markets around the city, comprising a host of Christmas delights, from tree decorations and handcrafts, to tasty treats.
Sample the delight of Amsterdam's winter market on the Museumplein from 13 to 26 December, where the large square is transformed with twinkling lights, festive music, gifts and treats.
Paris may be one of the most popular romantic destinations in the world, but it also offers plenty of festive cheer with a string of markets held across the city during the festive season which always look idyllic.