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1st November 2011 Print

‘Tis the season to trawl the high street in desperate search of that perfect present but with leading leisure airline, savvy Christmas shoppers can peruse Europe’s most unique gifts at a more relaxed pace instead.

Wise men and women can fly to top city destinations for a pocket friendly £14.99 one way including taxes, to sample some of the finest festive markets in Europe. Spend days strolling through historic winding streets following the scent of mulled wine and fresh pine, leading you to log cabins full of gifts that will be sure to impress your loved ones.

With the winter wonderlands of Amsterdam, Dusseldorf, Paris, Prague and Salzburg less than two hours away and’s friendly flight times, ‘yule’ get your fix of festive spirit and avoid the last-minute Christmas crowds.  What’s more the airline’s generous 22kg baggage allowance means even Santa Claus himself will be envious of the amount of presents holiday makers can bring home with them.

Steve Heapy, Chief Commercial Officer of, said:  “Christmas is a time for families and friends to celebrate together. What better way to kick off the festivities than with a European trip to a Christmas market to find that special gift for your loved ones or even a unique gift for yourself.

“With’s great value fares, passengers will have plenty of spending money to find some unique bargains. And with our perfectly planned flight times, they will be able to get in the festive spirit and hit the shops as soon as they arrive.”

Dusseldorf: From 17th November until 23rdDecember 2011, Dusseldorf becomes a haven of Christmas activity. The giant chestnut trees that line the world-famous Königsallee, filled with thousands of twinkling fairy lights are enough to make even the biggest Scrooge feel full of festive cheer. There’s a 450 square metre ice rink on Gustaf-Gründgens-Platz if you want to burn some calories after indulging in one-too-many Brathurst and strudel cakes. For the adults, there’s a Glühwein pyramid serving hot spiced wine, and for the kids, a heated tent with a puppet theatre and arts and crafts. Follow the star to the Sternchenmarkt (little stars market) where you can stock up on crystals and homemade jewellery for your loved ones back at home. flights to Dusseldorf start from £14.99 one way including taxes from Leeds Bradford Airport.

Paris: The ‘City of Light’ comes alive throughout December, elegant and oh-so-romantic, Paris channels Christmas chic in a way no other European city can. Christmas markets in the city are no different, the Noisy le Grand is a firm favourite offering horse drawn carriage rides, unique decorations, handcrafted wooden toys and traditional glassware. When you’re all shopped out, grab a festive French patisserie and take a walk along the world-famous Seine lit up with thousands of beautiful fairy lights. Joyeux Noel! flies to Paris from Leeds Bradford Airport, flights start at £21.99 one way including taxes.

Amsterdam: With 26 Christmas markets dotted around the city, Amsterdam has something for all tastes. For something different, try the Bloemenmarkt (Flower Market) which runs throughout December, and offers far more than tulips- you’ll find thousands of Christmas trees in every shade of green imaginable and plenty of mistletoe to kiss to your heart’s content!  On 18th December, the Albert Cuyp Christmas fair returns with more than 300 stalls and gift grottos, offering traditional Dutch keepsakes and unique presents for friends and family at home. flies to Amsterdam from Leeds Bradford Airport with prices starting at £14.99 one way including taxes.

Salzburg: From 15 November until 6 January, the Salzburger Christkindlmarkt fills the Austrian city of Salzburg with the scent of roasted almonds and glogg (Christmas punch).  At more than 500 years old, visitors can get lost in the historic market whilst listening to musicians play Austrian carols on French horn and church bells ringing out across the city or skate away the hours at the Mozartplatz famous ice rink. Set in wooden huts at the Dom Square and Residenz Square, traditional Austrian knitwear will keep you wrapped up warm and let the chocolatiers tempt you with an irresistible array of gingerbread gifts and festive sweets. flies to Salzburg from Manchester, Leeds Bradford, and Edinburgh Airports with prices starting at £41.99 one way including taxes.

Prague: Throughout December Prague comes alive with the flavours of a traditional Czech Republic Christmas. Wooden huts line the streets selling festive fare such as barbecued Bratwurst, pastries, and ginger cakes. The market, located in Old Town Square, offers Christmas shoppers traditional Czech puppets, toys, sweets, and artisan gifts – so you’ll be sure to find a perfect present for even the fussiest of friends. Relax after browsing the markets by raising a cool glass of Czech beer or a warm glass of hot spiced wine to loved ones at home and bring in the festive season in style. flies to Prague from Newcastle and Manchester Airports with prices starting at £21.99 one way including taxes.

For more information or to book your Christmas markets getaway, visit