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Hamburg, Germany (November 26 to December 23)

There are a number of markets to choose from in Germany’s second largest city, including the sophisticated Rathausmarkt and Jungfernstieg located on the Alster Lake, the cool Reeperbahn market and the colourful Winter Pride market. At Rathausmarkt, don’t miss the flying Santa, who with his reindeer-drawn sled glides over the heads of the visitors three times a day. See hamburg-travel.com. [Photo: Hamburg Travel]

2018's best Christmas markets, in the UK and abroad

Ellie Ross

Christmas comes around quickly every year – and with the stonking summer we’ve just had, this year it seems to have arrived even faster than ever.

And there’s nothing like a Christmas market to get you in the festive spirit.

Here are our favourite places in the UK and abroad to wander past rows of little huts selling traditional wooden toys, skate on the ice rink, sip mulled wine – and much more…

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