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The Christmas Markets of Europe date back centuries, and these seasonal Christmas Market river cruises along the Rhine and Danube Rivers are the perfect way to experience them. Enjoy all kinds of Christmas cuisine served fresh on the cobblestone streets of the central European Old Towns, where bustling markets line the squares with vendors selling their handicrafts. Offered exclusively in November and December in the months leading up to Christmas, if you don't mind the chillier temperatures of Europe in the early winter, then many say this is the best time of year to see the local culture, customs, and traditions. Let us know when you're ready to start planning your Christmas Market adventure!

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10Best Christmas Markets on the Danube River for 2024-2025

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Danube Holiday Markets$36998Dec 2, 2024Aboard S.S. Maria Theresa on this 8-day Danube river cruise, music lovers will find many special holiday treats, from onboard caroling to an …
Iconic Christmas Markets - Cruise Only$35998Nov 30, 2024Travel back through centuries as you walk along cobblestone streets through grand cities and historic towns bedecked with twinkling Christmas trees …
Christmas on the Danube$27998Nov 21, 2025Discover the wonders of Hungary, Austria, and Germany on an 8-day Christmas on the Danube cruise. Explore grand cities, medieval towns, & quaint …
Grand Christmas & New Year's$719913Dec 22, 2024Embark on the S.S. Beatrice in Nuremberg for 13 amazing days over the Christmas and new years season sailing through Germany, Austria and Hungary …
European Holiday Markets$37998Dec 1, 2024Experience Europe at its most magical and enjoy the chance to discover the delightful holiday traditions and treats of Germany and Austria during …
Christmastime on the Danube$30997Dec 9, 2024Experience this one-of-a-kind Christmas trip by sailing through the Danube river and visit fascinating sights beginning Nuremberg's medieval …
Christmastime on the Danube (Eastbound)$30997Dec 11, 2024Enjoy this magical time of year with a Christmastime river cruise vacation starting in the Nuremberg, on through the heart of Germany, and ending in …
Enchanting Christmas & New Year's$599911Dec 23, 2024Celebrate holiday season on this festive 11-day European Christmas and New Year voyage from Passau to Budapest aboard S.S. Maria Theresa. Ring out …
Christmastime on the Danube (Westbound)$31997Dec 3, 2024Enjoy centuries-old Christmas markets and historical landmarks on a 7-day river cruise on the Avalon Impression from Vienna to Nuremberg. At the …
Iconic Christmas Markets$449913Nov 27, 2024Iconic Christmas Markets are plentiful and are on full display for your pleasure. Start your journey with 2 nights in Budapest, followed by a 7-night …

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The Most Beautiful Christmas Markets

Vibrant Christmas markets capture the holiday season's pleasure, merriment, and spirit of giving. Take a look at these must-see marketplaces from across the world to get into the festive mood this year.
  • Christmas Market in Vienna (Vienna, Austria)
  • Christkindlesmarkt in Salzburg (Salzburg, Austria)
  • Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg (Nurmeburg, Germany)
  • Christmas Market in Cologne (Cologne, Germany)
  • Christmas Market in Tallinn (Tallinn, Estonia)
  • Winter Wonders in Brussels (Brussels, Belgium)
  • Strasbourg's Advent Market (Strasbourg, France)
  • Basel Christkindlmarkt (Basel, Switzerland)
Highlights of the Christmas Markets
These exclusive tours come but once a year, just before the Christmas holiday. Temperatures aren't quite freezing, but don't expect a warm summer holiday either. That's the price you pay to witness and explore one of Europe's most ancient traditions - the Christmas Markets.

Primarily situated along the Danube River and a scattered also along the Rhine, small towns and big cities alike bring their squares and plazas into vibrant colors as they recognize this age-old holiday event. 

Here's what to look for:
  • Hot food and drinks - prepared in traditional ways, this is one of the best times to get a taste of the true flavor of central Europe.
  • Handmade souvenirs, like ornaments, toys, and artisanal goods.
  • Singing, dancing, and cultural celebrations on every corner. 

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