The nights are drawing in, there's a chill in the air and the final acts are being whittled down on the X-Factor. It can only mean one thing: the run up to Christmas has begun. If you're looking for somewhere different to do your Christmas shopping this year, you're in luck – the UK & Europe is home to some fantastic Christmas markets that have enough twinkling lights to put Santa's Grotto to shame. With plenty of picturesque settings, mulled wine and a magical atmosphere that you won't find in your local shopping mall, why not combine a relaxing break with a spot of shopping at the same time. Head to one of these real-life snow globes and enjoy live carols and festive fayre in no time.