Europe’s Christmas Markets

Last week, I shared some unique holiday ideas that you might not have considered. (Read here )


This week, I’m headed to Europe to do an AMA Waterways river cruise on the Rhine. The Christmas markets are just opening, and I’ll be happy to be one of the first people to enjoy the return of the markets after 2 very quiet years.  I’d last visited the Christmas markets along the Danube in 2019 when I took a large group of 75 mostly solo females for a “Dashing along the Danube” cruise; so I’m very excited to be returning to Europe to check out the markets on the Rhine.


So, I thought I’d share a little about Europe’s Christmas markets with you. It’s a little late for you to check out this year’s (although there are some very limited spots on river cruises left – let me know if you can travel at the drop of a hat), but with a little more planning, I can definitely get you there next year. Let me know if you’d like to go.


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The Christmas Market Experience

Every holiday season, Christmas markets throughout Europe bring sparkling lights, festive music and decorated wooden chalets where vendors sell hand-crafted ornaments and tasty treats in local town squares.

The holiday tradition began in medieval Germany with a more practical focus: allowing townspeople to stock up on goods for the winter. However, in the mid-1400s, the markets took on their Christmas associations and today many towns celebrate the start of Advent with the markets’ opening.

Read more at to learn about the different markets in Germany, Hungary, and Vienna.

Let me know if you’d like to go.

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