There’s something truly magical about a Christmas market. The twinkly lights, mulled wine and aroma of roasting chestnuts are a treat for the senses and bound to put you in a festive mood, so why not prolong the Yuletide cheer by moving near to one? Take your pick from these homes for sale and this could shape up to be your best Christmas ever.
1. Birmingham, £240,000
A short stroll from Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market – the biggest of its kind outside Germany and Austria – this converted apartment is on the top floor of a building with a 24 hour concierge. It includes a double bedroom, a living/dining room with a spiral staircase up to the second mezzanine bedroom and a large kitchen with plenty of cupboard space to store all the bratwurst, pretzels, stollen, schnitzels and other tempting treats on offer at the stalls on Victoria Square and New Street. Contact Connells.
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2. Lyon, France, 367,000 euros (approx. £316,420)
This new one-bedroom third floor apartment, currently being sold off plan, is a dream come true for a foodie as it’s in the village-like Montchat neighbourhood in France’s gastronomic capital. Shops and a lively twice-weekly market are on the doorstep and you can stock up on cheese, charcuterie and other local produce at the traditional Christmas market across the Rhone, and enjoy the citywide festival of lights from 8th – 11th December. From French Estate Agents.
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3. Winchester, from £342,500
Knights Quarter is a new development of 200+ one, two and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses and four and five-bedroom townhouses with an onsite gym, just a 10 minute walk from Winchester’s medieval cathedral. The atmospheric Christmas market held in its grounds is a fantastic place to buy food, drink, baubles and gifts as traders are handpicked for the quality of their products. Contact Berkeley Group.
4. Cologne, Germany, £495,00 euros (approx. £429,819)
Around 2,500 Christmas fairs are held each winter in Germany and one of the best, made up of several differently themed and beautifully decorated markets, takes place in Cologne. This one-bedroom apartment in the trendy Belgian Quarter is super-convenient for the Stadtgarten market, held under the trees in the city’s oldest park. On the ground floor of a building dating from 1900, it was upgraded in 2013 and has solid wood flooring, underfloor heating and a terrace. Through Engel & Volkers.
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5. Chester, £550,000
Your search is over if you’re looking for a period property in a central location, as this 19th century house is in a conservation area facing Chester’s Roman walls and round the corner from its Christmas market, held next to the town hall. The house has been fully renovated and incorporates three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a converted attic that could be used as a fourth bedroom, office or cinema room, a pretty garden and lots of original features. Find out more from Savills.
6. Edinburgh, offers over £575,000
Scotland’s first city does celebrations rather well, and its Christmas market in and around East Princes Street Gardens includes something for everyone: as well as stalls, chalets and street food vendors, there’s a big wheel and fairground rides, an ice rink and Santa Land – where little ones can meet Santa Claus himself. You won’t have far to walk home if you move to this spacious three-bedroom flat, on the first floor of a handsome A-listed house in the New Town. Available from Knight Frank.
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7. Bath, £895,000
The 170 chalets spread across the city centre in Bath’s festive market make its Georgian buildings and cobbled streets look lovelier than ever at this time of year. To get close to the action, how about this charming two-bedroom, two-bathroom lodge, located in a quiet mews? It’s been refurbished throughout and includes a large living room with French doors and a skylight, an Aga in the kitchen/breakfast room, a utility and gated courtyard which could be used for parking. Get in touch with Winkworth.
8. Hyde Park, London, from £2.4m
Comprising 54 apartments spread over 18 storeys, The Bryanston, by Almacantar, is the tallest residential building to overlook Hyde Park and rooms have three metre high ceilings and curved full-height windows to maximise the views. The development is right by the entrance to seasonal extravaganza Winter Wonderland, where you’ll find food stalls, rides, the UK’s largest open-air ice rink, an ice slide, a Magical Ice Kingdom made with over 500 tons of snow and ice imported from the UK and Canada, and much more. Visit The Bryanston.
9. Salzburg, Austria, 4.2m euros (approx £3,631,250m)
It’ll be hard to find a home more central than this impressive penthouse, as it overlooks Salzburg cathedral, sits underneath the Hohensalzburg fortress and nestles into the side of the Monchsberg, a mountain soaring up from the heart of the city. Housed in a 16th century building, it’s been beautifully restored, incorporating high ceilings, wooden floors, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a huge contemporary open plan living and entertaining space and two roof terraces. The Christmas market, held in the shadow of the cathedral and fortress, is moments away. For more details talk to Christie’s International Real Estate.