Christmas Markets Report 2018

  • Big price falls in Berlin and Prague
  • Lille best value destination for Christmas shopping

Thinking of Visiting Europe this winter?

If you are considering visiting Europe on a short break to one of the atmospheric Advent Markets, research for Post Office Travel Money’s annual Christmas Markets Barometer shows a wide variation in costs for a two-day holiday including meals and drinks. Eastern European cities remain the cheapest of 10 surveyed but there is great value to be found in German and French cities too.

Key findings include:

  • Riga is the bargain choice for a Christmas Markets break for the second year running. A combination of low-cost packages and cheap prices for food and drink in the Baltic city have made prices even lower than a year ago
  • Big price falls in Berlin and Prague have made these cities great value too – visitors should find Prague around 12 per cent cheaper while prices have fallen nine per cent in Berlin too
  • Away from the Christmas Markets there are savings to be made in the shops on designer gifts. Savvy shoppers could shave over 13 percent off the cost of a range of clothing, beauty and high-tech items in Lille and almost as much in Berlin, Munich, Riga and Vienna.

Read our Christmas markets barometer 2018


How Post Office Money can help you

Holidaymakers planning trips to the European Christmas Markets can purchase euro on demand at over 9,000 Post Office branches, while the other European currencies featured in the Post Office Travel Money report are available over the counter at more than 1,600 branches. Euros can also be ordered online at for same day collection at selected branches, for next day collection at any branch or home delivery. Up to 70 currencies can be pre-ordered at more than 11,500 Post Office branches or online at for next day branch or home delivery.

Source: Post Office. Data relates to internet rates for exchange of £500-£999 on 8 November 2018.

The Post Office European Christmas Markets Barometer was compiled using prices sourced from national and regional tourist offices of participating cities, cross-checked with online research. Package prices were sourced online via easyJet Holidays, BA Holidays, Thomas Cook and Eurostar and based on flights (Eurostar for Lille) departing London on 30 November, with B&B accommodation (two sharing). Prices include hand luggage only on flights and exclude transfers.