3 Reasons to Visit the Best Christmas Markets in Europe


Half-timbered houses dusted in snow, giant fir trees in every town square, and garland strung with lights around pop up shops certainly set the mood.

There are Christmas markets all over Europe during the month of December, from big cities to tiny villages. But if you’d like to explore more than one, cruising is definitely the best way to go!

We took a Rhine Getaway Christmas Markets river cruise through Viking Cruises, and it is now something I want to make a tradition.

Going on a Christmas Markets cruise added a bit of comfort and convenience as we could unpack just once, then wake up each morning to step off the boat into a new storybook-like village.

Europe has plenty of delicious holiday comfort foods unique to the season. At the Christmas markets, you’ll find an abundance of savory meals smothered in cheese, like raclette, spätzle, and schupfnudel.

But my favorite thing about Christmas market foods is most definitely the glühwein, a spiced mulled wine that is made a little differently in each region and market.

One of the fun things about traveling to Europe during the holidays is experiencing Christmas traditions not widely celebrated throughout the United States.

After seeing witch decorations around the Christmas markets, I learned that the Feast of the Epiphany is celebrated a little differently in each country.

Head to the blog to get all the details on the river cruise we took which allowed us to visit several Christmas markets in Europe!