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A winter break in December never fails to instil a little Christmas spirit, and one city that has a jam-packed festive schedule this year is Cork. There is plenty going on here throughout the month, so whenever you visit you'll have lots of choice.
Figures released by the Association of British Travel Agents show a 20% increase in bookings for specialist Christmas Market packages when compared to last year.
Europe is full of different Christmas markets to visit during the festive period, so you should find plenty to choose from if you want to get away for a few days this winter. Here are just a few places you can head to on a long weekend in Europe.
With Christmas on the way, heading to Jersey for a short break in early December is certainly a fabulous way to get into the seasonal spirit. By doing so, you'll be able to be part of La Fete de Noue - the island's annual festive celebrations.
The snow has only improved the festive atmosphere at Bath Christmas market, which will stay open this weekend despite the wintery conditions. Take a weekend's shopping trip to the historic spa town and pick up some unique presents.
Visit France's historic Champagne region and the city of Reims this winter to fill your Christmas with festive fizz. Grape Escapes is offering a wine-lovers' tour, which takes in some of the biggest names in the bubbly business.
Before the family festivities kick off, treat your partner to a luxury Alpine break to help you unwind in the crisp mountain air. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Geneva is offering a romantic two-night retreat this winter including afternoon tea and a champagne reception.
The Dutch city of Maastricht is kicking off its winter programme in style next week, with Christmas markets, winter theatre productions, special museum exhibitions and live concert performances right through into the New Year.
Enjoy rural relaxation as well as a quaint Christmas market, with a couple's break to the town of Tisbury in Wiltshire. Two can stay the weekend at Little Hazels B&B for just £140, making a saving of £20.
Explore Newcastle and Gateshead this winter and find an array of events to help visitors of all ages get into the festive spirit, from Christmas fairs to the New Year's carnival.
Millennium and Copthorne Hotels has launched a new range of winter breaks across the UK and Europe, with breakfast and dinner included as well as opportunities for Christmas shopping excursions.
This weekend sees the opening of two of Copenhagen's Christmas markets and the Danish capital has dozens more opening up over the coming month as the locals get into the festive spirit.
The Cheshire city of Chester is turning back time this winter to provide an authentic Victorian Christmas to its festive visitors. From November 11 until January 3, the city will be hosting a unique Christmas Market.
Discover a winter wonderland close to home, with a series of family friendly events being laid on this festive season at various National Forest centres across the UK. Enjoy a traditional Christmas dinner dance or come along for a visit from Santa.
Find Europe's best Christmas markets on a great value mini-break this winter, with the jet2.com winter sale, which includes destinations in Holland and the Czech Republic.
This season Budapest is best for Christmas markets, with a good exchange rate and a vibrant market.
The Lower Rhine region includes some of the best Christmas markets in Holland and Germany and coolbreaks.com has picked out the best festive events for the winter season.