5 city breaks you need to take next year

Christmas cocktails

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I was recently invited to an exciting Christmas event in Manchester with Jet2 to celebrate their city breaks. And what better time of year to go on a city break than December? Perfect for Christmas markets

Christmas canopes
During the event we visited Food Sorcery and took part in a cooking class where we made some turkey gyoza and smoked salmon and wild mushroom blinis – the ideal canopes for any Christmas get together. We also made some festive cocktails including a gingerbread cosmopolitan (although mine was a mocktail!).

Wreath making
We then headed off to make our own wreaths with Living Flowers. I’m notoriously not very creative but I’m actually really impressed with my wreath – it’s hanging on the front door as we speak! It was a great event and I got to catch up with old friends and meet new ones, as well as really getting me into the Christmas spirit.

Christmas wreath
It also got me thinking about some of the amazing city breaks I’ve been on (and some that I want to go on!), so here are my top five for next year…

Venice

1. Venice

I visited Venice for my birthday in March last year and it has become my favourite city break destination. The whole city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which means that everything in the city is protected – nothing can be knocked down or built. This means that every building is absolutely stunning and the 400 bridges in the city make for 400 amazing photo opportunities.

Paris

2. Paris

Probably the most romantic city in the world, Paris is also super easy to get to – it’s just a short flight or a hop on the Eurostar away. I love the hop-on hop-off river cruise for making the most of your time in the city and seeing all of the sights.

Why not hop over to Disneyland Paris while you’re in the city? It’s super easy to get the train there.

New York

3. New York

Christmas in New York is super magical – the ice skating rink at the Rockefeller Centre, wrapping up warm for a horse and carriage ride around Central Park, the Christmas display at Tiffany’s…need I go on?! I visited New York a couple of years ago, just after Christmas for New Year’s Eve and I got to watch the ball drop in Times Square, but it’s definitely on my list to return to do some of the less-touristy stuff.

Prague

4. Prague

I’ve booked a trip to Prague for my next birthday and I’m really looking forward to it. I can’t wait to check out the amazing architecture – the Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, the Old Town Square – and, of course, stop for a cheap beer or two!

5. Budapest

Number one on my city break future wish list is Budapest. Budapest is probably best known for its thermal baths – it has some of the largest natural hot spring baths in Europe. I’d love to take a dinner cruise on the River Danube and visit the House of Terror where exhibitions about the Fascist and Communist regimes are hosted.

There you are – five city breaks to take with Jet2. Let me know where you recommend for a city break in the comments.

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