We can hardly bring ourselves to say the word yet left right and centre the ‘Ch’ word is being thrown around like Anne Widdecombe on Strictly Come Dancing! Yes, we’re afraid it that’s time of year again when thoughts turn to that very special (and might we say very stressful) time of year; Christmas. The supermarkets have had Christmas themed stock on the shelves for weeks (we have just been avoiding that particular aisle), the sofa ads have started to take over our televisions and we begin mentally making a shopping list for presents. But don’t panic, there are still 6 weeks until Christmas, so plenty of time to shop without it turning into frantic panic on Christmas Eve. And we’ve got an idea of how you can turn your Christmas shopping experience into a much more pleasant one; Christmas markets. Get into the spirit of things and venture out to a Christmas market, whether in it’s in the UK or further afield, you’re sure to find plenty of trinkets and stocking fillers to satisfy any taste.

You can find a mix of German and Continental themed Christmas markets in;

  • London
  • Leeds
  • Manchester
  • Peterborough
  • Birmingham
  • Newcastle
  • Bath
  • Oxford
  • Glasgow

To name a few, for more Christmas markets across the country click here. There are also great deals on transport and accommodation for European Christmas markets. Top tip: book a hotel with a spa for some post-shopping pampering and you’ll be ready and raring to go the next day!! We particularly like the Lille Christmas Market, its easy access on the Eurostar and the city has everything you need from market stalls to high street shops and high end boutiques. And it’s just a hop, skip and a Eurostar away in less than an hour and a half so you can be sipping mulled wine, eating glorious food and looking at the pretty Christmassy things in no time at all!

We do love Christmas here at Bravissimo and especially get into the swing of things once we’ve got a couple of presents under our belts and the initial stress is over! If you don’t have one already, you can order your new winter 2010 catalogue by clicking here and start making your own Christmas wish list. You could even ‘accidentally’ leave the catalogue open at your wish list page for unassuming passers by. Fingers crossed you have been a good girl this year and get everything you wish for!