Off to Christmas markets?

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After a year without the usual Christmas processions, markets and shows, the thought was that things would be pretty much back to usual this year.

the Frankfurt Christmas Market in Birmingham in a previous year

That’s not happening in some places.

Whilst markets and shows are going ahead in many places in the UK, that’s not the same in many parts of Europe.

Today a lockdown begins in Austria which will last for up to 20 days meaning it should end in the middle of December.

As a result the Christmas markets have closed and the same has happened in the German state of Bavaria and the nearby city of Nuremberg.

Coach and other tours by British travellers to European markets have been a popular tourist pastime for decades with German and Austrian Christmas fairs being the most popular destinations.

With rising cases in some European nations, the concern amongst tourist organisations is that there might be further restrictions or even lockdowns like that introduced into Austria. That would hit a stuttering recovery by the travel industry supplying overseas breaks.

As it stands the biggest Christmas market in the UK – Birmingham – has been open for just over a fortnight and will continue until just before Christmas.

Over the the last week or so, Christmas markets in Belfast, Chester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, (the one at St Enoch’s not the one in George Square which has been cancelled) Manchester and Nottingam opened and this week, Cardiff and Newcastle will open.

Heritage sites like Blenheim, Chatsworth, Leeds Castle and Longleat have opened already and , luckily few markerts have been cancelled in the UK.

You may face restrictions and fewer markets in Europe, but here in the UK there are plenty of them to entice you before Christmas.

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