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From Berlin to Riga, Prague to Vienna: all across Europe, Christmas-lovers can visit these cities for a chance to experience the magic of these famous Christmas markets.

There’s nothing quite like a chilly evening spent strolling through a traditional Christmas market during the festive season. Indulge in all things Christmas as you shop, stroll and sip on spiced mulled wine against the backdrop of a quaint town square, Baroque palace or enchanting castle.

Get your Christmas shopping off to a fun and festive start with our selection of Christmas market breaks. Revel in Germany’s seasonal gemütlichkeit (good cheer), or take in the romantic surroundings of Vienna Christmas Market. Take a stroll through the festively lit lanes between chalet-like market stalls, and discover the charming, unique atmosphere of a Christmas market break.

Whether you'd like to spend your time at a European Christmas market admiring the fine handmade crafts on offer and shopping for unusual gifts, sipping a cup of glühwein as you gaze at glittering Christmas lights, or even ice skating in the middle of a town square, our Christmas market holidays are a wonderful way to welcome in the festive season.

From the Berlin Christmas Market to the Riga's market in the picturesque Old Town Square, join us to immerse yourself in a truly festive experience away from home. Visit some of the largest and oldest Christmas markets and explore elegant historic cities, or watch local craftsmen – from bakers to glassblowers and wood carvers – work their magic in the Christmas markets of smaller villages.

Wherever takes your fancy this festive season, you’re sure to find something to match in our range of Christmas markets holidays.

Our Christmas market holidays for 2024

Whether you’re looking for a far-flung Christmas market in snowy Krakow, or want to keep it close to home in Edinburgh, Newmarket Holidays has the perfect tour for you.

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Prague Christmas Markets

Czech Republic
  • 1 Excursion Included, 3 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 5 Airports
  • 2 Dates - Dec 2024
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  • 1 Excursion Included, 3 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 3 Airports
  • 28 November 2024
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  • 1 Excursion Included, 3 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 6 Airports
  • 2 Dates - Nov 2024 - Dec 2024
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  • 1 Excursion Included, 3 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 7 Airports
  • 2 Dates - Nov 2024 - Dec 2024
Edinburgh Christmas Market in Scotland
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Edinburgh Christmas Markets

Scotland, United Kingdom
  • 1 Excursion Included, 3 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 7 Airports
  • 2 Dates - Nov 2024 - Dec 2024
  • 2 Excursions Included, 3 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 2 Airports
  • 29 November 2024
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  • 2 Excursions Included, 3 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 3 Airports
  • 26 November 2024
  • 1 Excursion Included, 6 Meals Included
  • Flights Included - 4 Airports
  • 3 Dates - Dec 2024

Christmas Markets for solo travellers

Newmarket Holidays welcomes solo travellers on all our Christmas market breaks. In fact, many of our customers choose to join our tours on their own. And the best part is: you won’t really be alone. With a group of like-minded travellers and a friendly, informative tour manager (as well as incredible locals all over the world!), you can truly enjoy the experience without any of the planning stress. Joining a Christmas market break as a solo traveller is also a guaranteed way to feel safe and confident when travelling alone. While you can join any of our regular tours on your own, we also have a range of tours designed exclusively for solo travellers.

Christmas Market FAQs

First Christmas Market holiday? Here are a few questions you might have.

  • Our top Christmas market tours include those in Prague, Krakow, Vienna, Berlin, Edinburgh, Riga, Budapest, Hamburg, Switzerland, and Zagreb. Each tour is unique and offers a rich immersion into local traditions and holiday festivities.

  • A Christmas market tour is a guided trip through festive markets, providing insights into local traditions, customs, and culinary delights. It offers the opportunity to experience the city’s holiday spirit, often set in historical squares and iconic locations.

  • The best time to go on a Christmas market tour is during the Advent period, typically from late November until Christmas Eve. However, the opening dates can vary, so it's best to check specific dates for each location.

  • Almost all capital and major European cities have Christmas markets. The best markets can be found in Amsterdam, Prague, Kraków, Berlin, Vienna, Edinburgh, Montreux, Riga, Bruges, Brussels, Zagreb, Ljubljana and Lyon. 

  • Christmas markets offer a wide range of products, from traditional food and drinks to handmade crafts and unique gifts. You'll find stalls selling decorations, festive delicacies, artisanal crafts, and often featuring live performances and carol singing.

  • Typically, Christmas markets open in the late morning around 10 or 11 am and close in the evening, often around 8 or 9 pm. However, hours can vary depending on the city and the specific market.

  • Absolutely! Christmas markets are the perfect place to find unique and handmade gifts. From traditional crafts in Krakow to artisan chocolates in Switzerland, there's something for everyone.

     

  • Each region has its specialties: Glühwein and Bratwurst in Germany, chimney cakes in Budapest, cheese in Switzerland, and more. Our guides can help you navigate the culinary delights of each market.

  • Christmas markets can get crowded, especially on weekends. Our guided tours can help navigate the crowds and ensure you experience the best each market has to offer.

  • Many markets feature live music, carol singing, and traditional dance performances. For example, Zagreb's Advent offers live music, and Berlin's markets often host choirs and brass bands.

  • Safety measures vary by location, but often include increased security, well-lit areas, and crowd management strategies. We ensure our tours operate in line with local regulations and safety guidelines.

  • From the lighting of advent candles in Vienna to the historical maritime-themed market in Hamburg, each destination offers its unique traditions. Our guides will help you uncover these rich customs as you explore each market.

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