Riga cheapest choice for Christmas market cheer, study shows

Four glasses of mulled wine will set visitors back the equivalent of just £7.29 at Riga's  Christmas markets (Joe Giddens/PA)
Four glasses of mulled wine will set visitors back the equivalent of just £7.29 at Riga's Christmas markets (Joe Giddens/PA)

Holidaymakers planning a bargain weekend Christmas market break should head to Latvia, according to new research.

Low prices for travel, accommodation, food, drink and festive treats make Riga the cheapest out of 10 destinations analysed for a two-night trip, Post Office Travel Money found.

Four glasses of mulled wine will set visitors back the equivalent of just £7.29 at Christmas markets, while two return transfers from the airport to the city centre cost only £4.19, the study revealed.

Flight's confirmed! ✈️ We fly into #Riga in November (just catching the Christmas Market!) and hope to bus it over to #Tallinn… ???????? pic.twitter.com/XEKx1MqPug

— M I C H A E L A (@HeyImMichaela) July 31, 2017

Riga is among the 50% of destinations featured in the study where prices are down this year.

Sterling is now stronger against most European currencies than last autumn and many local prices for meals and drinks have been cut.

The biggest falls have been in runner-up Munich, down 14%, and third-placed Lille, where prices are down 15%.

The most expensive Christmas market destination featured in the report is Stockholm, where trips cost 69% more than Riga.

The magical Christmas market in the Old Town starts tomorrow and will be open every day until December 23. pic.twitter.com/Lm14NC5LA4

— Visit Stockholm (@visitstockholm) November 20, 2015

Andrew Brown of Post Office Travel Money said: “The difference in prices revealed by the latest barometer show just how important it is for people planning trips to check prices and factor in all the costs they will incur on a Christmas markets trip.

“Holiday homework before booking will show that short breaks to long established favourites like Munich and Lille rate alongside Riga as best value for a bargain break.”

:: This is the cost of a two-night break for two adults with B&B accommodation, flights or Eurostar, airport transfers, a three-course meal, coffee, mulled wine and cake, according to Post Office Travel Money:

1. Riga, Latvia £504

2. Munich, Germany £525

2016 in 31 days – Day 30: There was time in December for a quick trip to Germany. I loved this Christmas market in Munich – so festive! pic.twitter.com/bGjoDak0Bj

— Time Travel Turtle (@michaelturtle) December 30, 2016

3. Lille, France £532

4. Tallinn, Estonia £563

5. Prague, Czech Republic £674

6. Budapest, Hungary £687

#Budapest Christmas Market has just started Today! Yuhu…we have been waiting for 1 year to admire again!????????????????????????Lets go and feel the crowd, the smells and walk around with a mug of mulled wine, but be well prepared and dress up warm!????…and bring a chimney cake to us!???? pic.twitter.com/CcdAIYe0R0

— BUDAPEST TUKTUK (@BUDAPESTTUKTUK) November 10, 2017

7. Copenhagen, Denmark £693

8. Berlin, Germany £697

9. Vienna, Austria £721

10. Stockholm, Sweden £854

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