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Go on a holiday getaway in these European cities

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas and the inevitable crowds of the holiday season is upon us. Before you start making the holiday roast and fruit cake, why not go on a pre-holiday getaway? Shop for last-minute gifts in Christmas markets and walk under romantic streets lit by fairy lights.

Malaga, Spain

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Walk through the Avenue of Lights to get into the holiday spirit and make your way to Atarazanas food market for a gastronomical holiday. With edible gifts for sale such as goat’s cheese and Andalucian cane honey for you and your food-loving friends and family.

Other than a food crawl, Malaga has several museums to feed anyone’s artistic soul. Jump from the Picasso Museum, Malaga Museum to the Russian Museum.

Ghent, Belgium

A Ferris wheel, an ice-skating rink and a fabulous Christmas market, Ghent is a breath of Christmas spirit. Just at the beginning of December, Ghent is already making a beeline for both Christmas and New Years. The streets of the historical city transform into a magical Christmas landscape, topped with winter festivities.

Stepping out of the winter wonderland, there are other places you can drop by to such as the Bij Sint-Jacobs flea market and the Holy Food Market, a food hall and cocktail bar situated in the 17th century, Baudelo Chapel.

Helsinki, Finland

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Probably the only city in the world to have a sauna part of a Christmas market, Helsinki is a lovely place to get you into the festive spirit. When the lights in Aleksanterinkatu, the official Christmas street, is finally switched on, it is a sure sign that the holiday season has arrived. With the rows of shops decorating their front windows with Christmas ornaments and decorations to attract the many passers-by and gift seekers.

Right in the heart of town sits the Helsinki Christmas Market. Consisting of Christmas decorations and handicraft to food and hot beverages, the market is a great place to purchase some unique gifts.

Aarhus, Denmark

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The city of Aarhus is overflowing with Christmas cheer, with its rich culture and history mixed together with the numerous festivities and markets, the holidays in Aarhus is definitely a full swing. The Tivoli Friheden transforms into an enchanting Christmas amusement park, with decorations and lights lining the park.

Catch the entire Christmas action on the Salling Rooftop. The terrace provides a wonderful panorama of the city and its twinkling lights. There is also a café on the roof of the Salling department store, so you can cozy up with a cup of hot chocolate and dine in some Danish christmas treats.

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