Image of Central Park in New York on a winter's day

Winter City Breaks

Pack your warmest coat, grab your hat and gloves and you’ll be ready for an unforgettable winter weekend break. Whether you fancy heading to Europe or venturing further afield, booking a short winter break is the perfect excuse to kick off your Christmas shopping, see snow-capped mountains (and slide down them on skis), or experience magical festive markets. Sounds amazing, right? All you need to do now is decide on a destination, find your passport, and go. It's as easy as that! 

Enchanting Christmas Markets

Winter weekend breaks in Europe are truly magical. As early as November you’ll find beautiful Christmas markets springing up in central Europe, with some of the finest examples in snowy Germany and Austria. Some of the most famous markets are located in Vienna, Munich and Cologne, where you’ll find gorgeous gifts and warming glühwein (mulled wine) to sip. These places are even more enchanting at night when they switch on the elaborate light displays, and if you’re lucky enough to see a dust of snow it’ll feel even more like a fairy tale.

More magical cities

Reykjavik is a treat all year round, but this cosmopolitan and decidedly unique city is even more amazing in winter. The silvery sea that surrounds the city is stunning at this time of year and the colourful houses make a charming contrast. The city of Copenhagen also promises a beautiful short winter break. Wrap up and take a trip down to the canal, before warming up in one of the city’s cosy cafés with a pasty or pancakes. In Budapest you’ll find frosty air and a huge outdoor skating rink. But don’t worry, you’ll be able to warm up in one of the city’s ornate thermal baths and grab a hearty drink at one of the famous ruin pubs.

Far-flung adventures

It’s never too early to make a start to Christmas shopping, and can you imagine anywhere better to pick up this year’s presents than New York City? The Big Apple is the perfect place for winter weekend breaks, with its world-famous department stores, magical Christmas lights and fascinating landmarks galore. You can expect crisp weather here during winter, perfect for taking a carriage ride through Central Park. Be sure to head over to the Rockefeller Center, where you can try your hand at ice skating on the huge outdoor rink, and catch a glimpse of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree. If you happen to be in New York on Thanksgiving, make sure you don’t miss Macy’s famous parade and be sure to grab yourself a piece of pumpkin pie.

Short winter breaks

Whether you’re after magical short winter breaks in the snow or a spot of Christmas shopping, Thomas Cook has sourced plenty of amazing deals for you to choose from. All you need to do is decide where you want to go and when. So why not explore these winter weekend breaks and book today?