Dickens Festival & Christmas Market, Deventer, Netherlands

For something truly unique, we stay in the Netherlands and visit the Dickens Festival in Deventer. Held on December 14 and 15, the town is full of more than 950 Dickens characters including, naturally, Scrooge. Christmas carollers and vagabonds roam the streets, music plays, and the shops stay open the whole time. The Christmas Market itself is held on the 15th and features a range of stalls selling the perfect gift item, as well as tasty hot food and punch.