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Christmas market getaway with Eurostar

A Guide to the best of  Europe’s Christmas Markets by rail

Now that travel bookings are open for the Christmas period, it’s the perfect time to plan a festive getaway to Europe with Eurostar.
Travellers looking to experience the magic of Christmas can choose from a range of traditional markets from across the continent, all within easy reach by Eurostar. Whether passengers want to hear  the sound of carol singing in Cologne or buy baubles in Bruges to decorate the tree, it’s the ultimate way to get in the festive spirit.

The holiday feeling starts from the moment travellers step on the train, as they sit back and relax in comfort with plenty of space to unwind. The city-centre to city-centre travel on board Eurostar takes visitors right to the heart of the markets and the generous luggage allowance means there is plenty of room to bring back all those Christmas gifts.  

Travellers looking to book their festive trip can do so now on


A Winter Wonderland awaits, complete with a giant Ferris wheel and an 18-metre high Christmas tree, all located in the main square.
Journey time: 1hr 20mins

Markets open:  18/11/2016 – 30/12/2016

Tickets from: £29 one-way*  

One of the oldest markets in France, it has been welcoming visitors since 1570. With a total of 12 markets, shoppers will be spoilt for choice with countless festive offerings.
Journey time: 5hrs 7mins (via Paris with a simple connection from Gare du Nord to Gare de l’est) 

Markets open:  25/11/2016 – 31/12/2016

Tickets from: £50.50 one-way*

Shoppers can wander through the Christmas village on the Champs Elysées where they can marvel at the market stalls and view the elaborate Christmas lights display.

Journey time: 2hrs 15mins

Markets open:  14/11/2016 – 04/01/2017

Tickets from: £29 one-way*


The Plasirs d’Hiver, or Winter Wonders,  are on throughout the city offering a variety of attractions from merry-go-rounds and ice skating rinks, all topped off with an incredible light show projected onto buildings across the city.
Journey time: 2hrs, 1 min

Markets open:  25/11/2016 – 01/01/2017

Tickets from: £29 one-way*  


The quaint town offers a myriad of market stalls, set in the market square. An ice skating rink can be found on Simon Stevinplein.
Journey time: 3hrs 29mins (via Brussels) 

Markets open:  18/11/2016 – 01/01/2017

Tickets from: £34.50 one-way*  


A quick connection in Brussels takes travellers to the heart of Cologne. Shoppers can indulge in a traditional pretzel while exploring one of the seven Christmas markets on offer, the largest boasts the tallest Christmas tree in the Rhineland.
Journey time: 4hrs 11mins (via Brussels) 

Markets open: 21/11/2016 – 23/12/2016

Tickets from: £45 one-way

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