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Visit the Christmas Markets with Air Mauritius

As we move through November, it’s time to start thinking about visiting some of Europe’s wonderful Christmas markets. And with direct flights to London and Paris, Air Mauritius can take you to the heart of the action. From there you have your pick of Air Mauritius routes to the likes of Edinburgh, Amsterdam and Copenhagen.

Although shopping centres may offer convenience during the year, for Christmas magic there is nothing like these magical markets where the smell of cinnamon, citrus and cloves hang in the air as you make your way through the twinkling, bright lights of city squares.

Where better to warm yourself with a glass of mulled wine and pick from the gems in the rows of glowing wooden huts, while taking time to savour a piece of home-made gingerbread or Stollen cake?

Here are 5 Christmas markets to whet your appetite:

Copenhagen, Denmark

One of our favourite Christmas markets is in Copenhagen

Shop for small knick-knacks, beautiful homemade gifts and fine leather goods with a cinnamon bun in hand and a glass of mulled wine (gløgg). Look out for fireworks, festive rides and ice skating.

Dusseldorf, Germany

Dusseldorf hosts beautiful Christmas markets

From mid November to late December, Dusseldorf goes into full festive swing in the market square in front of the historic Town Hall (Rathaus). A life-sized nativity corner with figurines made from olive wood is a must-see. Once you’ve shopped your heart out on the Strasse take in the old town, which claims to be ‘the world’s longest bar’ with more than 260 pubs.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is very festive in December and makes it on to our list of best Christmas markets

There are 26 Christmas markets in Amsterdam, so if tinsel is your thing this is the place to be. Try the olibollen (Dutch doughnuts), which apparently ward of evil spirits and check out the Amsterdam Light Festival where the city's canals are lit up.

Gothenburg, Sweden

The wintery weather in Gothenburg definitely adds to the Christmas feeling at their markets

They call it ‘Scandinavia’s Christmas City’ with more than 3km of illuminations to take in and over five million fairy lights. The city's four main markets are Liseberg, Haga, the Röda Sten Art Centre and at Gustaf Adolf's torg. Look out for smoked sausage and traditional Swedish Christmas sweets.

Edinburgh, Scotland

The stalls and kiosks at Edinburgh Christmas markets are a great place to buy seasonal gifts

One of the best the UK has to offer for scale and spirit and a great place for a party (Hogmanay anyone?). The Children’s Market is a delight with a maze and an elves’ workshop. Go to St. Andrew Square for a ride on the carousel and Big Wheel.

Which of these Christmas markets would you most like to visit?

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