Find the best Christmas Markets in Europe and the UK

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so why not make the most of the festive season by enjoying a short break to one of Europe and the UK’s famous Christmas Markets? Choose from German Christmas Markets, York Christmas Markets, Christmas River Cruises and many more. Let us help you choose your perfect Christmas Market break, and enjoy the magical atmosphere of the most incredible markets in 2018.

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"What sights, sounds and smells! All our senses were stimulated, it was lovely to escape the blatant commercialism and to recapture the magic of childhood Christmases.”

Mrs Ainsley

About Christmas Markets

Get into the festive spirit this Christmas and join us on one of our European Christmas market breaks. From mulled wine to unique gifts and tasty local delicacies, it really is the season to be jolly. Enjoy historical German Christmas markets as we head to iconic destinations such as the city of Cologne and the mighty capital, Berlin.

Take in Austria and its seasonal offerings in Salzburg and Innsbruck, or spend time in picturesque Prague, one of Europe’s most popular cities. Alternatively, stay in the UK and enjoy the delightful York Christmas Markets and Christkindlmarkt in Leeds, or relax on our Christmas river cruises docking to visit many magical markets.

Whether you’re looking for a short trip, a long weekend or slowing down and making a holiday of it, there’s something for everyone amongst our fantastic selection of Christmas market holidays. X really does mark the spot with these exciting x-mas deals.

Which Christmas Market is right for me?

I want to try a European Christmas Market for the first time, where should I go?

If you’re thinking of a festive foray into Europe, but you’re not sure where to start, Bruges may just be the answer.

I’m looking for a romantic Christmas Market break for both me and my partner, what would you suggest?

Love bugs looking for something with a bit more heart will love the atmosphere of Salzburg Christmas Market.

I want to experience a bigger and better Christmas Market this year, where should I choose?

If you’re looking to experience more from your Christmas Market break this year, why not try Cologne?

I’m looking for an enjoyable Christmas Market break for my whole family, is there somewhere that is great for both adults and children?

Strasbourg is the Capital of Christmas, and if that doesn’t put the excitement into kids of all ages, we don’t know what will.

I have restricted mobility and worry about getting around a Christmas Market, is there one that is easily accessible?

Restricted mobility certainly shouldn’t put you off, Erfurt is one of the most accessible for people who struggle to walk or have a disability.

Recommended Christmas Markets

What better way to get into the festive spirit than with a visit to one of Europe’s most magical Christmas markets. From Alsace in France to Salzburg in Austria and the ever popular German markets in Cologne, we’ve got it covered. So, whether it’s a short break you’re after, or maybe you want to make a holiday of it, there’s something for everyone amongst our selection of tours and here’s a few of our favourites.

Christmas Markets Food & Gift Guide

Always leave your Christmas shopping to the last minute, because you’re fed up with the same old shops, selling the same old gifts? Then it’s a must that you visit one of Europe’s magical Christmas markets. From handmade decorations and trinkets to traditional wooden toys, you’ll find an array of gifts the whole family will love. And whilst you’re on with getting Christmas all wrapped up, no visit to the festive-filled markets would be complete without sampling the delicious local delicacies on offer, especially the Glühwein!

Christmas Markets Food Guide by Country

Germany

We’ve all heard about the famous German Christmas Markets and one thing is for sure, you won’t be surprised when it comes to the food and drink on offer. You’ll come across fantastic German beer on tap quite easily and, of course, what could be more German than a Brätwurst sausage?

You also find a great selection of Stollen to bring home with you, as a traditional Stollen weighs in at 4.4kg it’s another great reason to travel by coach as you won’t have to worry about a weight allowance on the way home.

Mulled wine in Germany is known as Glühwein.

Austria

The traditions between Austria and Germany differ only slightly. You can get your hands on the traditional gingerbread hearts better known as Leberkuchen and even find yourself tucking into roasted chestnuts. Be sure to try the giant pretzels and the mulled cider known as Gluhmostt whilst in out enjoying festive Austria.

Mulled wine in Austria is also known as Glühwein.

Czech Republic

If you’re heading to the Czech Republic you’ll probably be told to try the mead. Known as medovina in Czech, it’s a sweet, honey wine that you will find hot and spiced to perfection, and great for warming your hands.

If you’re looking for something filling, the hog roast also is something not to be missed. Got a sweet tooth? Try the trdelnik. A sweet pastry made by wrapping dough around a stick and grilled. Topped off with sugar and a walnut mix, it’s delicious.

In the Czech Republic mulled wine is known as Svařené Víno

Belgium

Belgium produces 23 tonnes of Foie Gras each year, and the controversial delicacy is ever popular around Christmas in Belgium.

You can pick it up quite easily from the markets around the country but, it can come with a hefty price tag. If something more novel is to your taste, you can get your hands on a chocolate Sinterklaas, you’ll have to admire how festive this chocolate Santa is and how good it tastes is just a bonus. You will find a large selection of the famous Belgian beer and ales at the markets. It’s said that Belgians drink around 74 litres of beer per person (statistically) each year! So, we’d consider this perfect territory for any beer enthusiast.

The mulled wine in Belgium is known as Vin Chaud.

Netherlands

The Dutch have their own deep-fried tradition when it comes to festive treats, the oliebollen. You may know them as Dutch doughnuts, or literally translated to oil spheres.

You’ll have no problem coming across these at the markets, or poffertjes for that matter. Poffertjes are small pancakes made with yeast and buckwheat flour, giving them a more spongey texture than a traditional pancake. For something a little more warming, there’s the famous Dutch pea soup, erwtensoep.

You will find Mulled wine in The Netherlands to be known as Bisschopswijn.

Christmas Markets Gift Guide by Country

Austria

If you’re heading to Austria why not pick up some porcelain? Traditionally made in Vienna, be it for a coffee lover or even a beer enthusiast, you can get your hands on a variety of porcelain gifts from mugs to steins.

If you’re looking for something iconic, Swarovski Crystals may be more up your street. You can pick up some authentic jewellery from the Swarvoski Kristallwelten in Tyrol, or you can find Swarovski in many boutiques and jewellery shops around the country.

France

If France is in your Christmas itinerary, why not treat someone, or yourself, to a nice bottle of champagne? If you’re heading into Strasbourg, pick up some traditional Alsatian wine.

If you know somebody with more of a sweet tooth, how about some macaroons for a perfectly French gift?

Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is well known for its puppetry, you can pick up a marionette easily in many shops, especially around Prague.

They may not be the prettiest of items but they are packed full of personality and would make a great present for children and big kids alike.

Germany

Germany is the home of the nutcracker, so why not take one of these iconic figures back home with you? Or, is something more unusual to your taste?

You could treat someone to some Hamburg Elbkiesel, sweets that are made to look like gravel, or even a Schnapps pipe, a novel way of replacing the glass for their favourite tipple.

If they’re a bit far-fetched and you’re wanting to get tradition to a tee, how about some lederhosen?

Netherlands

When in the Netherlands, it will be hard to miss the Klompen, full foot wooden clogs traditional to the Dutch.

Approximately 3 million pairs of Klompen are made every year in the Netherlands so you should have plenty of opportunity to get your hands on some whilst you’re there.

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Magical Markets of the Rhine Valley

Dotted along the banks of the beautiful Rhine Valley, enjoy the magical Christmas markets the charming towns have to offer on this festive break!

Tour Includes

  • 3 or 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 2 or 3 evening meals
  • Convenient local joining points
4 - 5 days from only £329pp £658 for 2 people

4-Star Düsseldorf & Cologne Christmas Markets

Visit two of Germany’s most popular Christmas markets on our Düsseldorf and Cologne Christmas Markets break. Enjoy your stay in a 4-star hotel.

Tour Includes

  • 3 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by executive coach or upgrade to Silver Service or Luxuria
4 days from only £289pp £578 for 2 people

Valkenburg, Aachen & Cologne* Christmas Markets

Get into the festive spirit with a trip to Aachen, Valkenburg and Cologne, as you enjoy the sights, sounds and aromas of the Christmas markets.

Tour Includes

  • 3 or 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 2 or 3 evening meals
  • Convenient local joining points
4 - 5 days from only £399pp £798 for 2 people

Festive Salzburg, Munich & Innsbruck Christmas Markets

Treat yourself to festive fun as we head to the Salzburg, Innsbruck and Munich Christmas markets, and enjoy Alpine scenery on the way!

Tour Includes

  • 6 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 4 evening meals
  • Convenient local joining points
7 days from only £539pp £1078 for 2 people

Magical Cologne & Aachen Christmas Markets

Enjoy the festive treats of Cologne and Aachen Christmas markets with this magical tour, taking in some of Germany’s iconic traditions.

Tour Includes

  • 3 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Convenient local joining points
4 days from only £279pp £558 for 2 people

York Christmas Markets & Grassington Dickensian Festival

Visit some of the UK’s most popular Christmas markets right in the heart of Yorkshire including York, Leeds and the Dickensian Festival.

Tour Includes

  • 3 nights hotel with English breakfast
  • Travel from regional joining points
  • Travel by executive coach
4 days from only £299pp £598 for 2 people

Brussels & Valkenburg Christmas Markets

Take a merry trip to Belgium enjoying stunning Bruges and Brussels, then on to the Valkenburg Christmas Markets on this festive coach break.

Tour Includes

  • 3 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Convenient local joining points
4 days from only £299pp £598 for 2 people

Bruges, Arras & Lille Christmas Markets

Soak up the atmosphere of three magical Christmas markets on this superb festive coach holiday, visiting Bruges, Arras and Lille.

Tour Includes

  • 3 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Convenient local joining points
4 days from only £379pp £758 for 2 people

Luxembourg & Trier Christmas Markets

If you’re looking for festive cheer, Luxembourg and Trier have got it covered! Join us on this Christmas market break.

Tour Includes

  • 3 or 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 2 or 3 evening meals
  • Convenient local joining points
4 - 5 days from only £379pp £758 for 2 people

Lille, Ypres, Bruges & Brussels* Christmas Markets

Visit the Christmas markets of Lille, Ypres, Bruges and Brussels as we travel to the heart of Europe!

Tour Includes

  • 3 or 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Convenient local joining points
4 - 5 days from only £349pp £698 for 2 people

Cruising the Christmas Markets of the Rhine Valley

Cruise the Christmas markets of the Rhine Valley and enjoy a little romance on your festive break as you visit Rüdesheim, Koblenz, and Cologne.

Tour Includes

  • 3 or 4 nights cruising on board the MS Rhine Princess with full board
  • Services of a Cruise Director
  • Captain's Dinner & Party Night
  • Convenient local joining points
4 - 5 days from only £469pp £938 for 2 people

Bavarian Christmas Markets, Nuremberg, Bamberg & Würzburg

Take a Christmas coach holiday to Bavaria to enjoy the best German Christmas markets, including Nurmeberg, Würzburg and festive Frankfurt.

Tour Includes

  • 5 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 3 evening meals
  • Convenient local joining points
6 days from only £569pp £1138 for 2 people

Prague, Vienna & Bratislava Christmas Markets

Enjoy the merry atmospheres of Prague, Vienna and Bratislava on this Christmas market break, taking in iconic sights and wonderful shopping.

Tour Includes

  • 6 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 4 evening meals
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service
7 days from only £669pp £1338 for 2 people

Monschau & Aachen Christmas Markets

Step into Christmas with this wonderful break, as you enjoy the romantic festive atmosphere of the Monschau and Aachen markets.

Tour Includes

  • 3 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 2 evening meals
  • Convenient regional joining points
4 days from only £369pp £738 for 2 people

Medieval Amiens & Rouen Christmas Markets

Relish in most magical time of year by combining the delights of medieval Amiens and beautiful Rouen on this Christmas market tour.

Tour Includes

  • 3 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Convenient local joining points
4 days from only £329pp £658 for 2 people

Amsterdam Festive Season & Light Festival

Enjoy the festivities Amsterdam offers in the build up to Christmas and experience the spectacular Amsterdam Light Festival.

Tour Includes

  • 3 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service
4 days from only £349pp £698 for 2 people

Christmas in the Bavarian Forest

Explore the delights of the Bavarian Forest and charming Czech city of Cesky Krumlov on this fantastically festive coach holiday.

Tour Includes

  • 6 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 4 evening meals
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service
7 days from only £729pp £1458 for 2 people

Prague Christmas Markets by Air

Jet off to the stunning city of Prague on this Christmas market short break and enjoy a lively atmosphere and delicious festive treats!

Tour Includes

  • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Airport transfers in Prague
  • Return flights to Prague with hand luggage allowance
5 days from only £499pp £998 for 2 people

Christmas Markets in Ypres & Lille and Battlefields of the Western Front

Combine a tour of the Battlefields of the Great War, with time at some of France and Belgium’s fantastic Christmas markets.

Tour Includes

  • 3 or 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Executive Coach
4 - 5 days from only £349pp £698 for 2 people

The Black Forest & Christmas Markets of Strasbourg, Colmar & Freiburg

Relish in this festive delights of France and Germany as we travel to Christmas markets of Strasbourg, Freiburg, Colmar and Metz.

Tour Includes

  • 5 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 3 evening meals
  • Convenient local joining points
6 days from only £579pp £1158 for 2 people

Christmas Markets of Medieval Hannover, Hamelin, Goslar & Cologne

Treat yourself to festive fun in Hannover, Hamelin, Goslar, the Harz Mountains and Cologne, and discover Germany’s medieval Christmas markets.

Tour Includes

  • 5 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 3 evening meals
  • Convenient local joining points
6 days from only £589pp £1178 for 2 people

Austrian Lake District, Linz & Salzburg Christmas Markets

Enjoy the festive spirit of the Austrian Lake District and visit scenic Christmas markets including Lake Wolfgang, Linz and Salzburg.

Tour Includes

  • 6 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 4 evening meals
  • Convenient local joining points
7 days from only £679pp £1358 for 2 people

Battlefields, Breweries & Christmas Markets

Visit the Messines Ridge and some WW2 battlefield sites, the Arras Christmas Market and the Bruges Zot Brewery to sample ale, all in one tour!

Tour Includes

  • 3 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service
  • Entrance to Museums, places of interest and optional excursions are...
4 days from only £459pp £918 for 2 people
late offer German Advent – Heidelberg, Speyer & Germany’s Wine Route

German Advent – Heidelberg, Speyer & Germany’s Wine Route

Unleash your festive cheer on this German Christmas markets tour, as we visit Speyer, Heidelberg and Cologne.

Tour Includes

  • 5 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 3 evening meals
  • Convenient local joining points
6 days from only £599pp £1198 for 2 people Save £30pp Was: £629

Lille & Bruges Christmas Markets for Single Travellers

A splendid seasonal break to get you in the festive spirit! Enjoy the Christmas Markets of Lille and Bruges on this wonderful holiday.

Tour Includes

  • No single supplement and sole use of your own room
  • 3 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Door to Door service or local departure by coach
4 days from only £499pp £998 for 2 people

Paris Christmas Markets

Nothing is more romantic than Paris at Christmas! Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of the Paris Christmas Markets and indulge in festive treats.

Tour Includes

  • 3 nights hotel with continental breakfast.
  • Convenient Joining Points
4 days from only £379pp £758 for 2 people

Copenhagen, Lübeck & Münster Christmas Markets

Sample the festive offerings of both Denmark and Germany on this Christmas market coach holiday, taking in Copenhagen, Lübeck & Münster.

Tour Includes

  • 6 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 2 evening meals
  • Convenient local joining points
7 days from only £779pp £1558 for 2 people

Picturesque Lake Constance, Feldkirch & Zürich Christmas Markets

Relish in the festive delights of Austria and Switzerland, as we visit beautiful Lake Constance, and the Feldkirch and Zürich Christmas markets.

Tour Includes

  • 6 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 4 evening meals
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service
7 days from only £659pp £1318 for 2 people

Ljubljana Christmas Markets by Air

Perfect for a pre-Christmas getaway, this fantastically festive tour takes us to Ljubljana, Zagreb and Bled.

Tour Includes

  • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 4 evening meals
  • Return flights to Ljubljana
  • Airport transfers in Ljubljana
5 days from only £669pp £1338 for 2 people
late offer Bavarian & Baden-Württemberg Christmas Markets

Bavarian & Baden-Württemberg Christmas Markets

Explore the Bavarian and Baden-Württemberg Christmas Markets as we travel to this enchanting part of Germany and revel in the festivities!

Tour Includes

  • 5 nights hotel with continental breakfast & 3 evening meals
  • Convenient local joining points
6 days from only £579pp £1158 for 2 people Save £30pp Was: £609

Brussels Christmas Markets by Eurostar

Take the Eurostar to Brussels and enjoy the festive delights the Christmas markets of this wonderful city have to offer.

Tour Includes

  • 3 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Return travel from London direct to Brussels by Eurostar™
4 days from only £379pp £758 for 2 people

Berlin Christmas Markets by Air

Immerse yourself in the German festive spirit with our Berlin Christmas Markets by air package. Delicious treats and traditional gifts await!

Tour Includes

  • 3 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Return flights to Berlin
  • Airport transfers in Berlin
4 days from only £519pp £1038 for 2 people