Christmas markets & other festive events in Europe

Enjoy a unique Christmas break in a private apartment from

Apartment in Barcelona If the long dark hours leave you feeling tired and depressed, don’t despair, as the beginning of winter offers plenty of opportunities for having fun and feeling jolly. The long-awaited Christmas markets and the switching on of Christmas lights usually happen in November and early December, so if you want to cheer yourself up and get in the festive mood, plan your pre-Christmas getaway now and head to , the UK’s number one holiday rentals website, to find a cosy winter retreat.

Europe has a great variety of traditional Christmas markets, so whether you’re looking for the ultimate Christmas tree topper, or just have a strong fondness for mulled wine, you’re sure to find something here to your taste. For the best atmospheric experience head to Cologne in Germany between 21st November and 23rd December and wander through the Medieval Christmas fair with its half-timber stalls and floating market.

If you’re after something a little bit different then perhaps the Christmas market in Valkenburg, Holland, taking place in a cave underneath the city would appeal (18th November – 23rd December) or the quirky, cool market in Barcelona where you can buy local crafts and unusual gifts (1st – 24th December). Alternatively, enjoy a warm Christmas on Madeira Island and make sure to attend the switching on of the Christmas lights on 4th December. has hundreds of unique private apartments available to rent in Cologne, Valkenburg, Barcelona and Madeira, as well as hundreds of other destinations worldwide. Choose from one of the properties below or browse the site for more.

Prices quoted are per property per week for November and December and correct at the time of going to press. All properties still had good availability.


Apartment in Cologne, Germany

Romantic apartment, centrally located in Cologne

1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3. £340 per week

This is a beautiful, cosy apartment located only a few minutes by subway from the cathedral and its surrounding attractions. The property has a spacious double bedroom, a modern living area, as well as a terrace with beautiful views of the city. 

Property 777966


Apartment in Holland

Apartment with large garden overlooking the hills of Limburg, Valkenburg
5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12. From £715 per week

Located in South Limburg close to the city centre of Valkenburg, the apartment features a fully equipped kitchen, five spacious bedrooms, a cosy living area, as well as a large garden ideal for kids with swimming pool and tennis court. 

Property 777280


Apartment in Barcelona

Stylish and elegant apartment in the city centre, Barcelona
3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6. From £622 per week

Located within walking distance of Plaça Catalunya and Plaça Espanya, the apartment is on the third floor and features an elegant, spacious living room with two very comfortable sofas and a large dining table seating up to six people. There are three bedrooms and the bathrooms are elegant and modern and come complete with fresh towels. The kitchen is complete with all the mod cons that you would expect making it a pleasure to prepare a meal using fresh products bought at the local market.

Property 816326


Apartment on Madeira Island

Apartment with BBQ and terrace with stunning views on Madeira Island
2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5. From £279 per week

Located in the parish of São Gonçalo in the city of Funchal, the main town of the island, the apartment is beautifully furnished and fully equipped. There is a private entrance courtyard with barbecue supported by a stone structure where coal and wood are stored. There is also a large balcony with magnificent views over Funchal bay and mountain views to the southeast, comprising a hammock, as well as a table and four chairs. 

Property 447908