In the weeks leading up to Christmas cities across Europe are transformed into festive wonderlands. Why not take your students on a well-deserved trip of festive fun? Christmas markets are a great environment to soak up the magical feeling of Christmas.
Students get to experience another culture, improve their interpersonal skills and be exposed to real world situations. They gain a newfound sense of independence and they can try out their language skills on the locals selling regional and traditional produce as well as taste their delicious food.
Though now imitated all over Europe, the concept of a Christmas Market originated in Germany and those in Aachen, Cologne or Berlin still regularly feature in the top ten best in Europe. The atmosphere is enveloping and assaults all the senses, with twinkling lights, wooden huts, festive trees, decorations and all the spicy smells of the festive period. The whole experience is magical and one that will create amazing lasting memories for your students.
The UK has taken this tradition to heart and a day trip or overnight stay to London offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy a German-style Christmas market right in the heart of the capital; the perfect option if time and budget is limited. Wooden chalets line the Southbank, which combined with sightseeing on the London Eye or a West End show is sure to create the perfect countdown to Christmas.
Trips can be extended for extra nights to include additional visits or popular attractions to create more enriching school trip for your students.
Take a look below at what we have to offer for your festive winter wonderland trip