Few cities steep themselves in the festive spirit like Vienna. The Austrian capital's first Christmas Market was held in 1298 and today the city has more than 20 events to choose from starting today.
The Viennese Christmas Market, which takes place in front of City Hall is home to around 151 stalls serving everything from boozy Christmas punch to gut busting Austrian sausages. The market also boasts a huge ice rink for skating, reindeer rides for kids and a classic nativity scene, the perfect winter weekend break for the entire family.
Stay at Sacher Hotels Hotel Sacher-Wren, birthplace of the Sacher-Torte, probably the world's most famous chocolate cake, made with a secret recipe from 1832.
And do be sure to try out curling on the dedicated ice rink. A bizarre and brilliant winter sport to keep off the chill.