Sale Ends Friday - Book Now

Christmas Market Holidays

Book a Christmas market holiday with Travel Department and immerse yourself in the festivities and cultural delights of European Christmas markets.

With the festive period just round the corner, stock up on handmade gifts and treat yourself to traditional Christmas foods, mulled wine and a mince pie – or two. Our guided Christmas market holidays for 2023 can see you travelling to the famous markets of Germany, Belgium, the lakes of Italy and more.

All our Christmas market breaks include flights, transfers and accommodation. Not just this, we provide a selection of guided city tours with professional, friendly and knowledgeable local guides to enhance your experience.

We offer trips to the best Christmas Markets in Europe for 2023, including Vienna, Berlin and Prague. A seasonal city break with Travel Department is a great way to visit a new city and experience a taste of the local festivities.

The annual lead-up to Christmas is a truly magical time. Soak up the rich atmosphere and combine a merry Christmas market holiday with a fully guided city break.

If you want to spend the festive season abroad, but aren’t looking for a Christmas market break, click here to view our other Christmas holidays abroad.

Expertly created guided group holidays

It's all included, flights, excursions & much more

Travel with Like Minded People

It's Easy - We Plan Everything For you

Book A Guided Christmas Market Holiday

From

€649pp

Austria

Vienna Christmas Markets

Fully
Guided

3

Nights

4
B&B
Flights and Transfers

Flights &
Transfers

Url
From

€549pp

Germany

Berlin Christmas Markets

Fully
Guided

3

Nights

4
B&B
Flights and Transfers

Flights &
Transfers

Url
From

€649pp

Hungary

Budapest Christmas Markets

Fully
Guided

3

Nights

4
B&B
Flights and Transfers

Flights &
Transfers

Url
From

€719pp

Italy

Lake Garda, Venice & Verona Christmas Markets

Fully
Guided

5

Nights

4
Half Board
Flights and Transfers

Flights &
Transfers

Url
From

€599pp

Belgium

Bruges Christmas Markets

Fully
Guided

3

Nights

4
B&B
Flights and Transfers

Flights &
Transfers

Url
From

€399pp

Czech Republic

Prague Christmas Markets

Fully
Guided

3

Nights

3 & 4
B&B
Flights and Transfers

Flights &
Transfers

Url
From

€599pp

Poland

Krakow Christmas Markets

Fully
Guided

4

Nights

3
B&B
Flights and Transfers

Flights &
Transfers

Url
From

€559pp

Romania

Transylvania Christmas Markets

Fully
Guided

3

Nights

3
B&B
Flights and Transfers

Flights &
Transfers

Url
From

€429pp

Lithuania

Vilnius Christmas Markets

3

Nights

4
B&B
Flights and Transfers

Flights &
Transfers

Url
From

€599pp

Germany

Munich Christmas Markets

Fully
Guided

3

Nights

4
B&B
Flights and Transfers

Flights &
Transfers

Url
From

€579pp

Germany

Cologne Christmas Markets

Fully
Guided

3

Nights

4
B&B
Flights and Transfers

Flights &
Transfers

Url
From

€499pp

Latvia

Riga Christmas Markets

Fully
Guided

3

Nights

4
B&B
Flights and Transfers

Flights &
Transfers

Url

Our Recommended Christmas City Breaks

Vienna Christmas Markets

Explore the glittering stalls of the "Christkindlmarkt" in the fabulous city of Vienna. Take in the sights of the city, visit Schönbrunn Palace, St Stephen’s Cathedral or the Ringstrasse before touring some of the beautiful markets. The plaza in front of Vienna’s City Hall is transformed into a shopper’s playground and this isn’t just the only Christmas market, there are many others worth visiting throughout the capital, such as the Christmas Village at Altes AKH, Spittelberg and Belvedere Palace.

Prague Christmas Markets

The fairytale city of Prague is truly magical during the festive season. Snap up some bargains at the Prague Christmas markets, which are usually held in the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. Soak up the jubilant atmosphere, browse the stalls and enjoy Christmas carols, hearty food and mulled wine. Prague is your destination for a fantastic city break where a 'winter wonderland' awaits.

Budapest Christmas Markets

The striking city of Budapest is often called the "Pearl of the Danube” and is commonly regarded as having one of the best Christmas markets in Europe. The biggest fair is located in Vörösmarty Square, the heart of Hungary’s capital, where you can enjoy live entertainment and explore over 100 stalls offering handmade crafts, Christmas ornaments and local dishes. The facade of the Gerbeaud building, a historical coffee house famous for its delicious cakes and desserts, transforms into a colossal advent calendar.

Krakow Christmas Markets

Wrap up warm, as a Krakow city break in the winter usually guarantees snow, and head to the glittering Christmas Markets which take place in the historic Old Town square. The stallholders sell a variety of handicrafts, Christmas decorations and everything from sausages and the distinctive fried oscypek cheese to festive trinkets and woolen slippers. A Polish speciality are hand-painted colourful glass baubles.


Guided Christmas Market Holidays

Take the hassle out of the festive season and embrace the yuletide spirit with one of our 2023 Christmas Market holidays. It’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas; combine a fantastic city break with some of the best shopping in the world this winter. Pick from one of Europe’s glittering Christmas Markets, spend your hours browsing market stalls for local crafts and decorations, handmade toys and other unique gifts. Soak up the jovial atmosphere between the wooden huts and warm your bones by sampling delicious festive foods and traditional hot beverages. One of the benefits of a Christmas market holiday with Travel Department is you’ll discover so much more, as we’ll uncover the main city highlights with a local guide. Discover the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, see the Brandenburg gate in Berlin or savour some Belgian chocolates in Bruges. Our expert guides can also provide recommendations for your independent sightseeing based on your interests, so you can truly make the most out of your festive escape. So, whether you want to visit the traditional German Christmas markets, or an undiscovered gem this Christmas like Transylvania, we have a variety of top Christmas market destinations waiting to be explored.

Christmas Markets 2023 Trip Highlights

  • Step back in time to the Cold War era with a visit to Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin.
  • See the iconic Prague Astronomical Clock, possibly one of the most beautiful timepieces in the word.
  • Explore Bran’s Castle in Romania, which is famously associated with being the home of Dracula.  
  • Discover the Hofburg, the Imperial Palace and learn more about the Habsburgs, one of the most famous royal dynasties in Europe. 
  • Relax in one of the many Turkish Baths in Budapest, its thermal waters are reputed for their healing qualities 
  • Uncover the final resting place of the 13 Polish kings in the Royal Tombs of Wawel Cathedral in Krakow.

Christmas Market Holiday FAQs

Why are European Christmas Markets so popular?

When do the Christmas Markets begin in Europe?

Which are the best Christmas Markets in Europe?

Will there be a guided city tour on my Christmas Market city break?

Do you offer city breaks for other times during the year?

What can you buy at the Christmas Markets?

Reviews, Travel Tips & Advice To Inspire Your Next Christmas Market Holiday

Travel Inspiration Unique Experiences

10 best places to spend Christmas

Make Christmas memorable and experience the festive season in a new destination this year.

Travel Stories

12 New Year's Eve celebrations around the world

Discover how other countries ring in the New Year.