Corinthia Hotels: At the heart of the best European Christmas markets

Joining in the festive spirit

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The atmospheric cities of Prague, Budapest and St. Petersburg stage arguably the best Christmas markets in their main town squares, and each is a walk away from a luxurious Corinthia Hotel. Beginning in November, the town squares are filled with stalls selling hand-made Christmas presents, Christmas tree decorations, and local food and wine. You may even catch a glimpse of the Big Man himself, and be able to ice skate in some cities. Corinthia is joining in the festive spirit by offering its own Christmas cheer:

 Corinthia Hotel Budapest

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The Hungarian capital comes alive in November when the main Christmas market on Vorosmarty Square opens with over 100 wooden stalls and two outdoor stages for live entertainment (November 9, 2018 – January 1, 2019). Corinthia Hotel Budapest is offering The Great Festive Getaway Package which includes accommodation, breakfast, free room upgrade (subject to availability), entrance to the Royal Spa, free wifi and bottle of local champagne. Available for minimum two-night stays between December 1, 2018, to January 31, 2019. Rates are exclusive of VAT & City Tax. Contact Corinthia.com/budapest or call +36 1 479 4000 for more information.

 Corinthia Hotel St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is a fairy-tale Russian city, with its dusting of snow covering the city’s wide boulevards and beautiful buildings each winter. From the end of December, 2018, to the beginning of January, 2019, Moskovskaya Square is one of several squares in St. Petersburg that stages a colorful Christmas market. Children can meet Santa Claus (Ded Moroz), marvel at ice sculptures and gingerbread houses, listen to Christmas carols, and buy any number of gifts, sweets and toys from the stalls. The biggest market in the city kicks off earlier (December 19, 2018 –January 11, 2019) in Pionerskaya Square, with ice rink, live performances, plus candles, ceramics, handicrafts, tree decorations, hand-made chocolates and festive fare to buy.

In addition, the hotel stages its own Christmas market in the lobby, selling home-made delicatessen and sweet treats amid an atmosphere of festive sounds, aromas and decorations.

Christmas in St Petersburg, valid December 21, 2018, to January 8, 2019 includes a three-night stay in double room at the Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg (minimum three-night stay), Christmas welcome drink upon arrival, buffet breakfast in the Imperial restaurant, complimentary 24-hour access to the gym with sauna and cardio equipment, and free wifi. Contact Corinthia.com/stpetersburg or call +7 812 380 2001 for more information.

Corinthia Hotel Prague

Corinthia Hotel Prague is close to the historical city center where the main Christmas markets are held between December 1, 2018, and January 6, 2019. Find them at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, five minutes from each other. A large, brightly-lit Christmas tree dominates both spaces, surrounded by colored wooden huts selling traditional handicrafts, glassware, jewelry, embroidered lace, wooden toys, metal ware, ceramics, scented candles, Christmas tree ornaments, hats, gloves and scarves, puppets and dolls.

Visitors can watch traditional foods being made and sample them too, such as ham roasted on spits, barbecued sausages, cakes and pastries, plus locally-brewed Pilsner and Budvar Czech beer to wash it down with. The Old Town Square market has the additional magnet of an animal stable where children can pet sheep, goats and a donkey. The city runs a festive program of opera, ballet and concerts through December, including Swan Lake at the Hybernia Theater, The Four Seasons at St Clement’s Cathedral and The Magic Flute at Estates Theater.

Corinthia Hotel Prague offers a luxurious haven of relaxation in the shape of the Apollo Day Spa for when guests need to unwind from the bustle of the city. An overnight stay at Corinthia Hotel Prague includes breakfast.

The hotel also has a Christmas Market Package which includews accommodation, breakfast, daily tickets for Prague’s transport system, map of Prague’s Christmas markets, traditional Czech treats, traditional Czech Christmas punch and access to the spa. Available December 1-28, 2018 (minimum two-night stay) Contact Corinthia.com/prague or call +420 261 191 111 for more information.