Central and Eastern Europe's best Christmas markets 6th November 2013
If you're planning a winter break, don't overlook Central and Eastern Europe with its sleigh-full of festive offerings, says Thomas Rees
1. Ljubljana, Slovenia Famed for the extravagance of its Christmas lights, the Festive Fair, held in the Slovenian capital between 3 December and 1 January, makes a perfect winter getaway. Wander through the streets sipping medica (warm honey schnapps) or kuhano vino (mulled wine), past willow trees that shimmer with frost and stalls selling smoked-sausages and traditional gifts. Expect ice-rinks, street-theatre and decorative crib scenes in many of the city's chapels.
Processions take place across Ljubljana so be sure to keep an eye out for Old Man Frost (Dedek Mraz), Slovenia's version of Father Christmas.
2. Kraków, Poland The magnificent renaissance-era Cloth Hall provides the backdrop to Kraków's Christmas market, a warren of tents that jostl..