European Christmas Market Tours
Don’t let the cold weather discourage you - Winter is the perfect time to explore Europe! If your favorite childhood memories take place around the arrival of Santa Claus, then you owe it to yourself to visit the most spectacular Christmas markets spread across Europe. Eat, drink, and be merry across Central Europe on a festive river cruise, or admire the snowy landscapes around you on a toasty warm bus.
Over 169 European Christmas Market Tours with 393 Reviews
Christmas in Central Europe, Vienna to Berlin7 days • (1)From $1,749
Alpine Christmas Markets (Classic, 9 Days)9 days • (9)"A beautiful alpine itinerary with fairytale scenery dusted in snow that certainly ..."From $2,595
Christmas Markets of Germany (Classic, 8 Days)8 days • (4)"This was a great tour! Insight is so organized and Brianna, our tour director was ..."From $2,173
Christmas Markets of Austria, Germany and Switzerland (8 Days)8 days • (3)"Fabulous trip!!cant wait to GAO on another adventure!!"From $2,195
German Christmas Markets (8 Days)8 days • (2)From $1,950
Baltic Capital Cities (Christmas)8 days • (22)From $1,990
Enchanting Christmas & New Year's (2023) (Passau to Budapest, 2023)11 days • (1)From $5,899
Munich Xmas Markets4 daysFrom $365
Austrian Xmas Adventure4 daysFrom $343
Danube Holiday Markets (2023) (Budapest to Passau, 2023)8 days • (1)From $3,599
Why Visit Christmas Markets in Europe?
We've all seen those Hallmark Christmas movies where the main character dances in the snow through magical markets. As the clock strikes November first, European Christmas markets open shop in Germany, Austria, Hungary, the United Kingdom, and beyond, adding to the truly euphoric Christmas spirit in Europe.
While each market offers a completely different ambiance, they share many of the festive touches that make each experience feel like the perfect holiday dream. Close your eyes and imagine the narrow, cobblestone streets that are brought to life by eager attendees, jolly shopkeepers selling their wares, delicious local food, and twinkling white lights strewn across stalls and trees. Now add a hot cup of mulled wine (Glühwein) or rum-spiked berry-infused punch (Punsch) set to your favorite carols performed live, and you're starting to get the picture of a true Christmas market.
Best Christmas Market Destinations in Europe
Explore Germany’s many Christmas markets, from the tallest Christmas pyramid in the world in Dresden to Esslingen’s medieval market.
Stroll around the magical Christmas markets at Schönbrunn Palace and City Hall Square in imperial Vienna.
Let yourself be enchanted by Budapest’s Christmas markets at St. Stephen Basilica and Vörösmarty.
Discover the spirit of Christmas on Old Town Square, the oldest and most beautiful square in Prague.
Christmas Markets You Can't Miss
Prague’s Christmas markets bring a special kind of festive energy to the Czech Republic where the entire city is illuminated with beautiful lights to ensure that the yuletide joy spreads across all of Prague. There are a few different markets to choose from, but the main ones are located at Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square which feature brightly decorated wooden stalls that sell items like scented candles and tree ornaments. You can't miss the creation of traditional foods and samplings of Trdelnik, a delicious hot sugar-coated pastry. You can even pay a visit to an animal stable at this market! The most impressive sight to behold, however, is the Christmas tree erected in the Old Town Square.See Adventures
Annual Dates: 3rd December - 4th January
London hosts its own spectacular Christmas market in the Queen's very own Hyde Park. The historical park transforms into a literal Winter Wonderland (that's the name of it) and attracts many local and international visitors. The market offers over 100 midway rides and attractions and features over 200 shops that offer a diverse selection of handcrafted gifts and treats guaranteed to get you into the festive spirit. This is an unmissable Christmas Market for those departing for a European adventure from London.See Adventures
Annual Dates: 20th November to January 3rd
Manchester’s Christmas market began in 1999 and now attracts more than nine million visitors to the UK each year. The impressive market boasts 300 dazzling stalls that offer everything from drool-worthy food to handcrafted gifts. The festive favorite market is spread across ten various places in Manchester, and each has its own distinct theme. You're in for a treat: magicians, street theater, and watch live musical performances will bewitch you, all in the glow of Manchester Cathedral.See Adventures
Annual Dates: 14th November to 21st December
Current Deals for European Christmas Markets Trips
Christmas time on the Danube (Start Budapest, End Vienna)5 daysFrom $1,745
Christmas Time on the Danube & Budapest (Start Vienna, End Budapest)7 daysFrom $2,265
Danube Christmas Markets (Start Budapest, End Nuremberg)8 daysFrom $4,295
Rhine Christmas Markets (Start Amsterdam, End Zurich)8 daysFrom $4,445
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Danube Holiday Markets (2024) (Budapest to Passau, 2024)8 days • (1)From $3,599 $3,239
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