Ferry vs Flying: Christmas markets
With Christmas just around the corner, why not travel to one of the highlights of the Dutch Christmas calendar? Utrecht’s Christmas Fair, held in a medieval castle from 27-30 November, is a magical event, perfect for getting into the festive mood and, with Stena Line, visitors can do all the Christmas shopping they want without having to worry about baggage limits.
Utrecht’s Christmas Fair is the largest Christmas market in Holland. Held in the medieval Castle De Haar holidaymakers can enjoy the magical atmosphere with beautifully lit Christmas trees, festive fires and candles. The castle is also lit up and visitors can stroll along the 200 stalls, buy Christmas goodies for loved ones or enjoy some delicious treats, pancakes and hot chocolate – or mulled wine for the grown-ups! The Christmas market is open from 26 to 30 November, with admission free for children under 12 years and £7 for children up to 16 years. A ticket for visitors over 17 years starts from £15. www.countrychristmasfair.nl
Passengers can sail onboard one of the twice-daily crossings from Harwich to Holland from just £166, including return ferry travel with a car for two. Cabin accommodation is required on overnight crossings and starts from just £21.20 for two people, one way. Travellers can also opt to travel with Stena Line’s Dutchflyer rail-and-sail service which allows customers to take any Greater Anglia service to Harwich, and then on to Utrecht, or any Dutch city, from just £90 return on a day sailing. www.dutchflyer.co.uk
Visit www.stenaline.co.uk for further details