You’d think a place like Venice couldn’t get any more picturesque but, come December, it really comes into its own, with whimsical Christmas lights reflecting along the canals. Street vendors pitch up in Strada Nuova bewteen Campo di San Felice and Campo dei Santi Apostoli, and throughout the narrow streets, selling all kinds of traditional crafts and goodies. Stock up on authentic Italian fare such as nougat, white truffles, balsamic vinegars, fine olive oils and – because who can resist a good souvenir – some Murano glass baubles.
Mid-December-Christmas Eve 2017; christmasmarkets.com
Where to stay:
If you’re going to treat yourself to a trip to Venice then you may as well push the boat out (pun intended) and book yourself into one of the city’s most unique hotels, just a short boat ride from the markets. The canalside Boscolo Venezia hotel is housed in a building dating back to the early 15th century and its luxurious interior – think marble, period frescoes and restored artwork – provides the backdrop for the rustic meets contemporary charm of the wellness centre and exquisite food in the hotel’s Il Giardino Segreto restaurant. The authentic Venetian rooms are lavish and opulent with oriental rugs, Murano lamps and canal or garden views. It is a special occasion after all…
Deluxe rooms from £212 per night; venezia.boscolohotels.com
The popular Christmas Market in Skansen (an island close to the city centre) has been held on the site of the world’s oldest open-air museum every year since 1903, so you can expect a thoroughly traditional and authentically Scandinavian affair. Stock up on handmade Swedish decorations and gifts, and cast all thoughts of Rudolph aside as you snack on smoked reindeer, sausage and salmon – all washed down with a cup of warming glogg.
Saturdays and Sundays from 25 November-17 December; skansen.se. Photo by Henrik Trygg
Where to stay
Downtown Camper by Scandic
Hot on the heels of the recent launch of Haymarket, the trendy Scandic hotel group have done it again with the newly opened Downtown Camper. The sprawling new hotel is located in the city centre, close to Stockholm’s must-see attractions and Christmas markets. Interiors are typically Scandi-cool with a focus on sustainable design but it’s the unique Camper Co-Living concept that’s a real selling point, where up to 12 people can stay in adjoining rooms. Handy if there’s a whole party of you making the trip.
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