Where to stay
Find boutique bliss at Hotel Van Cleef (doubles £155; telegraph.co.uk/tt-vancleef), which has 15 beautifully presented rooms and a pretty canal-side location; Canal Deluxe (doubles £145; telegraph.co.uk/ tt-canaldeluxe), an exceptional B&B with cosy interiors and oodles of charm, is perfect for romantics. ● For more hotels in Bruges, see: telegraph. co.uk/tt-brugeshotels Tivoli Gardens (tivoli.dk): Hallowe’en (Oct 13-Nov 5) sees the gardens all decked out with suitably spooky decorations and countless pumpkins; two weeks later they reopen in Christmas mode (Nov 18-Dec 31), with fairy lights everywhere and dozens of wooden chalets selling handicrafts, decorations and seasonal foods.
The flamboyant Provocateur Berlin, above, features an Asian-themed restaurant; Bruges boasts an ice-rink during the festive period, top right; Edinburgh’s Eden Locke, right