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Christmas Market tours

Drink hot mulled wine and marvel at sparkling Advent displays in historic squares across Europe. Get in the holiday spirit when you visit these iconic Christmas markets on our trips.

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Christmas Markets of Germany, Switzerland & Austria
14 days | 16 days with Budapest extension

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What travelers say about their Christmas Market tours

December 2018 in Europe
12/09/18 by 5th-time traveler Carol
I highly recommend the Christmas Market tours offered, and we see ourselves doing another. Towns and cities are dressed in their festive finery, everyone is in a great mood, and it is just a fun time to see Europe. This was my third time in Vienna, but perhaps my favorite because of snow.
Christmas Markets of Budapest, Vienna & Prague
Wonderful Christmas Escape!
12/06/18 by 2nd-time traveler Amanda
My husband and I had such a wonderful time in Germany during the Christmas season. The Christmas markets are a fun place to people-watch while drinking gluwhein and eating bratwurst. All in all this was a wonderful trip which we will remember for the rest of our lives.
Christmas Markets of Historic Germany
Wonderful Trip
12/08/19 by 2nd-time traveler Carla
A friend who I met on a 2017 GoAhead tour of the UK convinced me to go with her on this Christmas Market tour. I’m not much of a shopper so wasn’t sure how I would like it. I am so glad I came! These countries are beautiful during Christmas, even though there was no snow. I highly recommend it!
Christmas Markets of Budapest, Vienna & Prague
Magical Christmas
11/30/16 by 2nd-time traveler Mary
This was one of the best tours we have taken with Go Ahead. The hotels were perfect, faultless in every case. We managed to take in lots of markets & visit beautiful sites.
Christmas Markets of Historic Germany

Tips for planning a trip to Europe’s Christmas Markets

Which city has the best Christmas market?

There are so many Christmas markets all around the world! We offer tours to Christmas markets in Amsterdam, Brussels, Vienna, Budapest, Prague, and Heidelberg, to name a few.

Here are some of the top markets on our European Christmas Market tours:

  • Maastricht, the Netherlands. Maastricht, in the Netherlands, is a charming medieval city with cobblestone streets and fairy tale views. The small huts are filled with holiday gifts, mulled wine, local cheeses, and more.
  • Trier, Germany. Christmas markets originated in Germany, making this one even more magical. From local artwork to handmade ornaments, you can find the most unique gifts here—and also some of the best gingerbread cookies around.
  • Brussels, Belgium. This market, like the city itself, is very large. In addition to the vendors selling food and other goods, there’s a large ferris wheel, ice skating rink, carousel, games, and beer tents.
  • Innsbruck, Austria. If you’ve ever dreamed of strolling through a Christmas market in the Alps with a cup of hot mulled wine, this one’s for you.

There are also Christmas Market tours outside of Europe, too. From New York to Toronto, check out our 5 favorite Christmas markets not in Europe.

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What do travelers find on European Christmas Market tours?

One of the best parts of our tours to Christmas markets is seeing all the souvenirs and gifts our travelers find. From scented ornaments and Advent calendars to cinnamon cookies and handmade nutcrackers, you’re bound to find a gift for everyone on your list. Check out the best souvenirs you can find on our European Christmas Market tours.

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What should I know before visiting European Christmas markets?

The most important thing to know about European Christmas market vacations is that each one is unique. You could visit ten markets and have a different experience at each one! Read our blog on what to do at Europe’s different Christmas markets.

Another tip is to be sure to visit at least one market at night. That’s when they’re the most magical! Show up hungry, too, because there are so many delicious foods to try at each market.

Lastly, if you’re wondering what to pack for a Christmas Market tour, bring lots of warm layers to keep toasty as you walk around the outdoor winter wonderland. And of course, our best tip is to leave room in your luggage for all the souvenirs you’ll bring home!

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