Seasonal city breaks: 10 of the best pre-Christmas European getaways

From a bedecked Zagreb to twinkling Turin, here are the best places to spark your festive spirit

With an ice-skating rink, a huge ferris wheel and an attractive Christmas market (7 December-6 January), Ghent offers no shortage of opportunities to get into the Christmas spirit. But beyond the baubles and twinkly lights, there’s plenty to keep winter visitors to this Flemish city happy, from browsing the bric-a-brac stalls of the Bij Sint-Jacobs flea market to hanging out with the hipsters at the Holy Food Market, a cocktail bar and food hall in the beautiful 17th century Baudelo Chapel.
1898 The Post is a cosy and cosseting boutique hotel in a former post office building. Doubles from £160 (

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