Getting away over the Christmas break for a short holiday seems to be an increasingly popular option for Britons.
New research by ABTA – The Travel Association has found that there has been a rise of up to 20 per cent in bookings year on year as the Christmas markets across Europe open.
It picked out cities such as Dresden, Prague, Vienna and Heidelburg as places that are hugely popular with visitors in late November and December.
Victoria Bacon, the organisation's head of communications, said: "The growth in popularity of the markets also supports the wider trend we are seeing of holidaymakers seeking out more authentic and local experiences."
Such trips can be managed easier by those who have made an effort to put money aside throughout the year.
People who have a smaller budget at their disposal could always look to London or Birmingham, which were named as the UK's top Christmas market destinations.