IMG Lille Christmas markets 2019

Christmas Markets Report 2019

  • Christmas Markets breaks cost less than last year in 70% of cities surveyed
  • Christmas presents are cheaper in half of the European cities surveyed than in London

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. Falls in the cost of flights and accommodation as well as reductions in living costs mean that prices have fallen by up to 26 per cent in 70 per cent of those surveyed, with Eastern European cities remaining the cheapest.

Key findings include:

  • Riga is the bargain choice for a Christmas Markets break for the third 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
  • Low prices in runners-up Zagreb and Tallinn have made these Eastern European capitals great value as well
  • Lille is best value in Western Europe, thanks to a 17 per cent year-on-year price fall
  • Away from the Christmas Markets, there are savings to be made on designer gifts compared with London prices. Savvy shoppers could shave over six per cent off the cost of 10 gift items ranging from fashions and beauty to high-tech items and boxes of chocolates in Strasbourg and Lille. There are savings to be made on the overall cost of the 10 presents in Prague, Munich, Vienna and Berlin too.

Read our Christmas markets barometer 2019


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 7 November 2019.

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, and Eurostar and based on direct flights (Eurostar for Lille) departing London on 29 November, with B&B accommodation (two sharing). Prices include hand luggage only on flights.