Europe’s Christmas markets are definitely something to marvel at – from the festive light installations, cheerful markets and tasty food and drink – the yuletide season in Europe is unlike any other in the world.
The choice is yours, the Rhine, Danube or both – there are still a bit of space left on our three sailings this December. And now is the time to save on this sought-after experience - up to $3,000 per person when you reserve by April 30.
Originating in Germany and dating back as far as the late middle ages, Christmas markets, or Christkindlmarkt as they are also known, have in recent years become popular throughout Europe. The waft of delicious mulled wine and roasting chestnuts, along with a backdrop of festive sounds and twinkling lights ensure the air is filled with Christmas-time cheer. Remaining true to their roots, many stall-holders at these markets are local trades-people selling hand-crafted gifts and decorations, along with a delicious array of seasonal food to tempt you. From sizzling bratwurst and candied toasted almonds to Christmas cookies known as Lebkuchen, not forgetting the fruity festive favourite, stollen.
One of many festive traditions across Europe's Christmas markets include the magnificent Christmas tree, lit up in all its glory, along with a Nativity scene and joyful singing and dancing. Full of charm, these markets are truly a treat for all the senses. Late November and early December offer the opportunity to embark on your very own Christmas-time adventure with Emerald Waterways, and to explore the Christmas markets of Europe with our specially tailored itineraries over eight or 15 days, offering the opportunity to experience different vibrant festive celebrations in several cities.