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Great deals for Christmas market hotspots across Europe

23rd November 2009 Print

Get into the festive spirit and escape to the bustling cities of Copenhagen, Brussels, Zurich, Glasgow or Leeds for your Christmas shopping this year. Take advantage of great value offers from bmi Regional to experience the enchanting festivities of the UK and Europe’s Christmas market hotspots.

Experience the magic of Traditional European Christmas markets…

Christmas in Tivoli has become a tradition in Copenhagen, with locals and visitors experiencing a magical mix of Christmas trees, presents, and traditional Danish stalls, as well as the captivating Christmas lights created by Tiffany's head designer, John Loring. An ideal Christmas shopping destination, Copenhagen is also home to Europe's longest pedestrian shopping street, Strøget, which features many of the city's most famous and historic stores, such as silversmiths Georg Jensen, and department stores Illums Bolighus and Magasin du Nord.

bmi flights to Copenhagen from Edinburgh and Glasgow start from £70 one way including tax.

Brussels is renowned for its annual Winter Wonderland on the Place Sainte Catherin. With its cheerful lights, delicious aromas and a vast number of stalls, this market promises a true holiday atmosphere. The ice skating rink offers fun for the whole family whilst a visit to the Grand’Place, decorated in festive lights for the occasion, is not to be missed.

bmi flights to Brussels from Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford and East Midlands start from £60 one way including tax.

Zurich is home to both the traditional Christmas market in its picturesque Old Town and Europe’s largest indoor Christmas market in the city station’s enormous main hall. With 160 decorated market stalls to satisfy the most ardent shoppers, this market also features a magnificent Christmas tree covered in 5,000 glittering Swarovski crystal ornaments.

bmi Regional flights to Zurich from Edinburgh start from £60 one way including tax.

Be surprised by hidden gems closer to home…

Glasgow provides a beautiful and festive setting for Christmas activities and as one of the largest shopping centres in the UK, it is ideal for Christmas gift hunting. The 6th annual St Enoch Square Glasgow Christmas market takes place this year, attracting numerous traders from all over Europe along with talented Scottish craftspeople. Visitors can find unique Christmas gifts such as amber & silver jewellery, hand crafted toys and fragile glass ornaments for your Christmas tree. After a hard days’ shopping, visitors can relax and get into the festive spirit with a glass of “Glühwein” while listening to traditional Christmas music.

bmi Regional flights to Glasgow from Leeds Bradford start from £35 one way including tax.

Home to one of the largest and most established German Christmas Markets in the UK, Leeds offers a European experience closer to home. With traditional wooden chalet stalls, festive greenery, Christmas carousel rides and twinkling colourful lights, Christkindelmarkt recreates a unique continental style festive atmosphere in the heart of Leeds city centre. Authentic German traders sell a wide range of seasonal gift ideas for everyone including handcrafted toys, jewellery, Christmas cards, festive decorations, speciality foods and traditional German delicacies such as gluhwein, bratwurst sausages, soups, stollen, gingerbread and candied fruits.

bmi Regional flights to Leeds Bradford from Edinburgh and Glasgow start from £35 one way including tax.

bmi Regional continues to be the UK’s most punctual airline offering flights from key UK airports including Aberdeen, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford Norwich and Manchester.  bmi Regional operates an all jet fleet with business and economy fares and service, lounge facilities for business passengers and Diamond Club members and e-ticket and online check-in. bmi’s regional, short haul and European departures now do not include fuel surcharges as part of the airline’s commitment to offering the best value for money for travellers.

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