A Christmas market is a great way to get into the festive spirit.

And although the UK has many on offer, why not make a holiday out of it?

TravelSupermarket has ranked the median price of a holiday package (return flights from the UK and accommodation for two nights) to 35 short-haul cities with Christmas markets, along with the cost of eating out in each city, to identify those cities offering the best value breaks.

And Toulouse comes out on top as the best value European city to fly to from the UK to experience a Christmas market this year.

Meanwhile, the most expensive break outside of the UK is to Copenhagen, and Dusseldorf gives the most markets out of the top five for best value.

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Top 10 Best Value Christmas Markets

Toulouse

Christmas Market Dates: 23 Nov 2018 – 26 Dec 2018

The Place du Capitole, one of the most majestic squares in France, is filled with around 120 stalls.

Among the things you can buy are children’s games, food, wine, table decorations, unique crafts and jewellery.

There is also so much more to do in this beautiful city beyond the markets. Being just 100kms from the Spanish border, the city is laid back and has a Latin flavour.

Nice

Christmas Market Dates: 1 – 31 Dec 2018

This is the place to go to enjoy vin chaud and a French, low key Christmas atmosphere, without being smothered by festiveness.

The Christmas Village has about sixty chalets displaying a large range of Christmas-themed craft products, a tasting area, a skating-rink, the house of Father Christmas and a Big Wheel.

Frankfurt Christmas market (Image: AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Dusseldorf

Christmas Market Dates: 22 Nov to 30 Dec 2018 (closed on Sunday, 25 November and 25 December)

The city hosts at least five Christmas markets at this time of year so you won’t be short of choice here.

Florence

Christmas Market Dates: Late Nov to Late Dec 2018. Exact dates TBC

The Mercato Tedesco di Natale (around 50 stalls) on Piazza Santa Croce is inspired by the annual festive market in the city of Heidelberg so has a German and Italian feel to it.

Also worth visiting is the Nativity scene and Christmas tree on Piazza del Duomo, with its life-size terracotta statues. It is also a great time to experience all of Florence’s delights with less crowds.

Sofia

Christmas Market Dates: 23 Nov – 23 Dec 2018

You’re more likely to be offered greyana rakiya, a traditional grape brandy than mulled wine here as it is the popular local drink.

Barcelona

Christmas Market Dates: Start late November 2018, with some running until early Jan 2019

Barcelona is under the radar as a Christmas market destination but has a lot to offer those who are happy to enjoy the Christmas build up without the need for snow or freezing temperatures.

The real Fira, with 287 stands and all its traditions, is on Avinguda de la Catedral and has been going for over 225 years. There is also a market in front of the Sagrada Familia.

Frankfurt Christmas Market (Image: Handout)

Frankfurt

Christmas Market Dates: 26 Nov – 22 Dec 2018

The markets spread across five different squares in the city, making it one of the largest in Europe.

This is a good place to try traditional marzipan sweets. People think of Frankfurt as a business city more than for leisure; this means there are often some great bargains to go there.

Lisbon

Christmas Market Dates: TBC

Christmas here is more about pasteis de nata and cherry liquor than mulled wine and roasted chestnuts.

Expect Portuguese traditions and a more subtle but no less lovely Christmas experience. The authentic main market is as popular with locals buying Christmas trees as it is tourists.

Krakow

Christmas Market dates: 30 Nov – 26 Dec 2018

Krakow usually delivers on a white Christmas during the Christmas market period. The market is held in the city’s huge main square and regularly gets snow dusted across it during December.

Milan Christmas Market (Image: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

Milan

Christmas Market Dates: From early Dec 2018, with some running into the new year 2019

If you want to experience a 100% Italian market, make sure you visit the city from December 7 to 10 and head to the market in Piazza Castello which locals call as Oh Bej! Oh Bej!

But if you miss Oh Bej! Oh Bej!, a more modern Christmas market on the main Piazza Duomo is from December 9 to January 6.

One thing to be aware of though is that dining out can be expensive in Milan so do research online beforehand and also seek out recommendations from locals while you’re there on where to eat on a budget.

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