5 of the best alternative Christmas markets in Europe
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Everyone loves a Christmas market. Unfortunately, that makes attending some of the most popular markets a challenge for any student with a finite budget. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up five alternatives which will hug you with Christmas joy, without breaking your overdraft. Birmingham, England You heard us right, Birmingham. Better known for The Bullring and canals, the German Christmas market in Birminghamis an underrated gem. With over 180 stalls, it’s the largest of its kind outside Germany and Austria and you’re sure to find all the Gluwhein, Bratwurst and Strudel you could ever hope for. Best of all, it’s open until December 27, so you can avoid the Boxing Day sale crush and pick up quirky presents to bring back to halls for your favourite housemates.
Birmingham German Christmas Market (Credit: Paul Englefield)Mt Pilatus, Switzerland Europe’s highest Christmas market is also one of its cutest. Situated a shade under 7000 feet above sea level, it’s one of the world’s only markets where you can follow your shopping with a spot of snowboarding. With a firm focus on handcrafted items, this is the perfect place to pick up all your stocking fillers. Get Mum a beeswax candle and your younger brother more handmade gingerbread than he can eat.
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