Yes we’re biased, but we think travelling by private jet is the most wonderful way to travel to Europe’s Christmas markets.
Fairytale christmas markets in Copenhagen, Denmark
Elegant Christmas market in Chatsworth House, Derbyshire England
Spectacular Christmas tree in Vilnius, Lithuania
Extravagant Christmas experience in Graz, Austria
Not only can you enjoy Christmassy treats and warming winter drinks from the absolute comfort of your private jet, there’s masses of room onboard and in the hold to bring back treats and treasures from your festive city break abroad.
And a trip to one of Europe’s world-renowned Christmas markets is particularly suited to families - there's always plenty to do, and lots of wonderful crafts and treasures to see and delight at. Whilst couples can stroll the fairytale architecture of Europe’s finest cities, children can fest on traditional hot chocolate and enjoy gentle Christmas rides.
Make memories in the market
The gifts and baubles at the craft markets will mark the special family time, and be eternal reminders of a lovely pre-Christmas break.
When is the best time to fly by private jet to Europe’s Christmas markets?
Christmas markets open as early as October, so why not take in a couple before Christmas? They usually last until the week after Christmas, too, so are perfect for adding onto your winter holiday to keep the festive feelings going.
How convenient are European city centres to the Christmas Market?
The most famous Christmas markets include Strasbourg and Berlin. We're always on the look out for more unusual places to visit, so below we have included Vilnius in Lithuania, Chatsworth House in England, Graz in Austria and Copenhagen in Denmark.
Why not combine a trip to your favourite Christmas market with your winter skiing trip?
The convenience of chartering a private plane is that you are on your schedule, and travel becomes absolutely hassle free. There’s no need to worry about unloading all your ski equipment and lugging everything between hotels. You can even choose to charter a helicopter from your ski resort and fly into town for the day to visit the Christmas market, making use of one of the helipads within the city.
Call LunaJets to discuss combining one or more helicopter charters with your private jet booking for your winter holiday.
All Christmas markets have nearby helipads, ideal for scenic flights over the city
There are helipads in Copenhagen, many helipads near Chatsworth UK,, a helipad at Vilnius (Vilnius Paluknys) and in Graz (Graz airport) for passengers wishing to visit their Christmas market of choice by helicopter from a nearby ski resort or hotel.
Get cosy in Copenhagen
Bridgerton-style elegance at Chatsworth House, UK
Delight at ‘the most beautiful Christmass tree in Europe’ in Vilnius, Lithuania
Six sensational Christmas Markets in Graz, Austria
1. Get cosy in Copenhagen
Denmark is home to the concept of the cosy hygge trend that has swept the world for the last few years as we all search to recreate that authentic cosy wintery vibe.
The stylish capital city of Copenhagen with its lakes and royal palaces is the perfect backdrop to a fairytale Christmas market, and a place to soak up culture, too.
Check out LunaJets’ own travel guide to Copenhagen
Each year Copenhagen offers a selection of Christmas markets around the city, from the traditional Julemarked on Højbro Plads, to the fairytale Hans Christian Andersen Christmas Market at Nytorv. There are chic Christmas decorations all around the city, with extra special displays of twinkling Christmas lights at the Tivoli Gardens.
Don’t miss the massive ice rink at the Frederiksberg Runddel, or skate in Tivoli Gardens or at Broens Ice Rink.
“With its lakes and palaces, Copenhagen is the perfect fairytale backdrop to a Christmas market”
Wrap up your Christmas shopping in Copenhagen
If you are flying into Copenhagen for the Christmas market, make your stay worthwhile and explore what else the city has to offer, from quality art museums to designer Danish shopping. You’ll be spoilt for choice here, between the luxury interior boutiques, sturdy outdoor weather gear, vintage emporiums, chocolate shops and retro Danish design pieces. It’s the perfect spot to shop, especially knowing that as a private jet passenger you have no luggage restrictions onboard.
Curious about the other perks of private jet travel? Read more in our Ultimate Guide.
“Shop freely in Copenhagen knowing you have no luggage restrictions on board your plane”
Getting there: LunaJets can fly you by private jet into Copenhagen Kastrup airport (CPH). LunaJets organises a private luxury car transfer as standard to your hotel or destination - the ride into town is around 15 minutes.
Staying there: for a whimsical, fairytale experience, stay in the palatial Nimb Hotel, right on the Tivoli Gardens, with its spires and turrets inspired by Moorish architecture.
2. Bridgerton-style elegance at Chatsworth House, UK
Book your flights with LunaJets early, as this only takes place from 5th-23rd November!
Fans of the scandalous yet stunning hit Netflix period drama, Bridgerton should head straight to the north of England, take in the delightful rolling hills around Derbyshire (also known as the Peak District) and alight at the market of the jaw-droppingly gorgeous Chatsworth House, a stately home and country estate that is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.
2022 Nordic theme to the market
Entrance to the Christmas market is free - in 2022 the theme is Nordic Christmas - and visitors will discover 100 pretty stalls and vendors, selling beautiful handicrafts, luxury items and stocking fillers. However, we recommend making the most of your time and purchasing a ticket for the historic house, extensive gardens and farmyard (booking ahead is strongly advised).
Ask LunaJets advisors how to make the most of your trip to the Peak District, and combine a day at Chatsworth House with other vibrant UK cities such as Manchester, Liverpool, London or Bath located nearby. You will easily be able to include a multi-city itinerary in your UK trip.
Where to stay near Chatsworth: there are delightful cottages and inns to stay in and around the Chatsworth Estate, otherwise the luxurious Fischer’s Baslow Hall, an ornate Edwardian hall and luxury 5-star hotel.
Fly with LunaJets into Manchester airport (with private airport terminal), or any one of the private airports close to London. Check the most suitable destinations and airports for your trip with the LunaJets’ destination finder.
Helicopters are ideal if you are chartering a day trip to Chatsworth House from London. Helicopters can land at nearby Cheshire airport (RAF Calveley), but note this runway is only 1,000 metres and too short even for small light aircraft.
3. Delight at ‘the most beautiful Christmass tree in Europe’ in Vilnius, Lithuania
Questions? LunaJets experts are on hand 24/7 to answer all your questions about multi-city trips, the most appropriate airports to fly into and out of, as well as the best jet for the duration of your trip, and for the size of your passenger party.
At Christmas, the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius likes to surprise. It has what is possibly the most lavishly decorated Christmas tree anywhere in the world, which takes on a new theme each year. (In 2019, it was hailed ‘the most beautiful tree in Europe!)
The dynamic Christmas markets of Lithuania’s capital city are held in Cathedral Square and Town Hall square, with a variety of festive events taking place in the UNESCO heritage site of the city’s old town. The markets create a festive atmosphere with beautifully crafted local products, a lively atmosphere and traditional Christmas carols, adding to the atmosphere.
Sightseeing and an unusual amber spa
Enjoy simply strolling the cobbled streets and admiring the patchwork of architectural but elegant styles. Lithuania is famous for its amber: try an amber massage at Vilnius's only amber spa, Ausros Vartu, shop in premium boutiques and vintage treasures in the old town, or designer clothes on Piliies street.
Where to stay: for elegant luxury, with a sauna and hot tub, the Grand Hotel Kempinski Vilnius.
Getting to Vilnius by private jet: You’ll fly with LunaJets into Vilnius International Airport (VNO) which is the only airport for the capital, but is located just 6 kilometres from the city centre. The airport only has a single passenger terminal and no general aviation terminal, although a new VIP terminal is being built.
Questions? Call LunaJets 24/7 for advice on an itinerary and the best airport to fly into.
4. Six sensational Christmas Markets in Graz, Austria
Is Graz the most Christmassy city in Europe? It’s possible when you look at the line up for each year. The Austrian tourist board invites you to come for “romantic lights, a gleaming ice crib… giant Rathaus Advent calendar, and spectacular Christmas markets whilst pointing out that Graz offers a buzzing and vibrant Christmas season that is so special that the Austrian tourist board call this period of the year the ‘fifth season’.
So it’s not surprising that there are no less than six Christmas Markets around Graz, each with their own unique mood and feel.
Advent Market in City Hall
Old Town Traditional Market in the Franscican Quarter
The Christmas Market on Glockenspielplatz
The WonderLEND on Mariahilferplatz (quiter, but with a curling rink)
The City Hall Advent Calendar with illuminate facade
Ice Nativity scene in the Landhaushof Courtyard
The Arts and Crafts Market on Färberplatz
World crafts and a children’s advent fair
The city plays host to hundreds of events, including advent shops, arts and crafts markets, a children’s advent fair (Kleine Neutorgasse), crafts from all over the world at Tummelplatz, a 2,500 m2 (27,000 sqft) ice skating rink at Grazer Winterworld and more Christmas markets at Südtiroler Platz.
Check the Graz city website for dates and updates.
The whole old town is a UNESCO site
However, Graz can also hold its own - it’s a young, lively and bustling university town and the whole of the historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its beautiful blend of architectural styles, ranging from Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance, and Art Nouveau.
Graz - Austria’s food capital
Discover cuisine from the region of Styria, characterised by modern cooking, fresh berries, apples, cheese and ham - and of course, chocolates.
Getting to Graz with LunaJets: The city is served by Graz Airport (GRZ), which is located 13 kilometers from the city center and offers international and domestic flights and serves private jets.
Why not fly on to a ski resort after your festive break?
The beauty of flying privately is that you can arrange your own schedule. Pick up festive treasures in Graz, and organise with LunaJets to fly on to your preferred ski resort, either in Austria - try Lech or St Anton, or into neighbouring Italy or Switzerland. It’s the ideal way to combine shopping and a city break with hassle-free travel onwards to your ski resort.
It’s easy to organise a series of flights and an itinerary that suits you. Call LunaJets now (24/7) and speak to one of our knowledgeable agents.