From drinking hot mulled wine and marveling at sparkling Advent displays to listening to live music in historic squares across Europe, reveling in iconic Christmas market celebrations is a sure way to get in the holiday spirit.

"For twenty years my husband has been telling me about the Christmas markets in Germany, and it was my dream to be able to experience them with him. Last March, I took a leap of faith and signed us up for the tour. All I can say is this is one time when the reality was even better than the fantasy. We have wonderful memories that will last a lifetime."