SUMMER is almost over, which means it’s now time to start planning your Christmas getaway to bag the best deal.

If you’re hoping to soak up the festive atmosphere while sipping on mulled wine, we suggest you check out the offers for Christmas market holidays abroad.

 Prague's Old Town Square with its giant Christmas tree is a beautiful settings for the city's main market

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Prague’s Old Town Square with its giant Christmas tree is a beautiful settings for the city’s main marketCredit: Getty – Contributor

From food to presents, cities like Berlin, Vienna and Prague puts on the whole shebang when it comes to their markets.

Here’s our round up of the best, and cheapest, ones to visit:

Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt and Cologne from £99pp

Wowcher has a deal on a holiday to German Christmas market cities including Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Cologne and Hamburg from £99pp.

Germany is known for its Christmas markets, or Christkindlmarkt, and are the perfect place to stock up on presents and drink mulled wine.

The deal is for a two to three-night trip, and includes return flights and hotels.

Two night breaks start from £99pp, while three night breaks start from £139pp. Click here to book.

 If you head to Cologne's Christmas market you can also check out its Gothic cathedral

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If you head to Cologne’s Christmas market you can also check out its Gothic cathedralCredit: Alamy

Berlin alone has over 60 different Christmas markets to explore – though you might need more than a weekend to do that.

The most famous is the Charlottenburg Castle market, which is the first on the list for most visitors.

Find great value weekend breaks on British Airways with prices starting at £120pp including flights and a hotel.

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You can also book a budget-friendly hostel plus flights break for a little as £69pp in Berlin’s city centre with Lastminute.com.

Warsaw, Prague or Budapest from £89pp

If you’ve already been to Germany, Groupon has an offer to explore a Christmas Market in one of 13 European cities, including Warsaw, Prague and Budapest.

The trip costs £89 per person for two nights, include return flights and accommodation in the city centre.

For those unfamiliar with these destinations, Prague’s Christmas market is set in the Old Town Square near a giant Christmas tree, while Budapest has two main markets, one on Vorosmarty Square and a second one in its Christmas fair at the Basilica.

 The Christmas markets in Budapest are famous around the world for preserving unique Hungarian traditions and folk art

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The Christmas markets in Budapest are famous around the world for preserving unique Hungarian traditions and folk artCredit: Getty – Contributor

The Vorosmarty Christmas market is the older of the two with food stalls, crafts and free concerts to enjoy.

Warsaw hosts three main Christmas markets – so you’ll get plenty of choice if you’re looking for presents for your loved ones.

Tickets are sold in limited numbers, so you’ll have to be quick.

The prices are based on two people sharing a room, so you’ll need to buy two vouchers. Click here to book the deal.

You can also find tickets for a hotel and return flights from £183pp for Prague and £107pp for Budapest on Love Holidays.

Or book tickets and an accommodation for two nights in Warsaw with British Airways with prices starting from £129pp.

Amsterdam from £96pp

There are several Christmas markets worth visiting in Amsterdam.

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The Dam Square market houses the famous big Christmas tree – which stands 20 metres tall.

There’s also the illuminated Bijenkorf, which symbolises Christmastime in the city.

 Be sure to try out the Dutch speciality, fresh oliebollen (dumplings) widely found around Amsterdam’s markets alongside waffles and sausage stalls

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Be sure to try out the Dutch speciality, fresh oliebollen (dumplings) widely found around Amsterdam’s markets alongside waffles and sausage stallsCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk

The Museumplein and Leidseplein are famous for holding Amsterdam’s ice rinks, and are surrounded by a plethora of chalets and wintry bars.

Browse cheap winter holidays – with flights and accommodation – from £96pp with Lastminute.com.

Or book a 3*star hotel as well as flights with Love Holidays from £132.

Vienna from £91pp

The Austrian capital, less than two hours away by air, is amazing at any time of year but it comes into its own during the festive period when the Christmas lights are on and you can sip on mulled wine at one of the many food stall around the city.

Known as the Christkindlmarkts, there are more than 20 markets throughout the city, drawing in 3 million visitors per year to eat, drink and be merry.

 The Christmas market in Vienna has been running since 1298

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The Christmas market in Vienna has been running since 1298Credit: Alamy

The largest one is located in front of the grand City Hall where you’ll find a dedicated area for children to make cooking as well as choirs singing carols on weekends.

Return tickets from London Gatwick as well as a hotel are available for as little as £150pp for a four-night trip.

You can also find good value offers on Lastminute.com with prices for return flights and hotel starting at £91 for a two-night stay.

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Sun Online Travel previously revealed the best Christmas markets in the world, from Bath to Prague.

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