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European Holiday Markets River Cruises - Avalon Waterways

The rivers of Europe are magical to cruise during the winter holiday season with Avalon Waterways. In almost every port you will encounter Christmas markets where locals set up stands to sell their crafts or delicious treats. Even if you've cruised the Rhine, Main or Danube Rivers before, it's worth another visit to see these spectacular Christmas Markets with Avalon Waterways.

With Avalon Waterways, you can make your Christmas Market cruise a family event to remember while you bond over the shared experience of learning new holiday traditions while also discovering the historic roots of some of your favorite holiday pastimes. For a one-of-a-kind winter holiday, look no further than Avalon Waterways' European Christmas Market river cruises.


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Continue below for a preview of the excursions available on a river cruise to Europe's Christmas Markets with Avalon Waterways:

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Christmas Ornaments in Europe
  • Shop through local holiday markets in search of the perfect trinket to bring back to family back home. The locals take great pride in their crafts, and it shows in the unique ornaments and souvenirs.
  • The Christmas Market in Strasbourg, France is one of the world's oldest, and at the center of this festive display is the town's massive Christmas tree. Enjoy tasty seasonal treats as your take in the twinkling lights and warm company.
Mulled Wine, or Gluhwein
  • Visit Europe's largest nativity scene in Frankfurt, Germany, complete with life-sized figures! Before touring Market Square, visit the popular Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum.
  • Pour yourself a warm glass of mulled wine and tour the cobblestone streets of the Old World. These charming European cities look even more mesmerizing when blanketed under a white coat of snow.
Nuremberg Holiday Market
  • Sightsee your way through Nuremberg, where highlights include the Imperial Castle, Nuremberg Rally Grounds and Old Town Christmas Market. Make sure you try the town's famous spicy gingerbread, Nuremberg Lebkuchen.
  • Treat yourself to some of the famous Black Forest hams and cakes of Breisach, Germany, which is also famous for its handmade cuckoo clocks and festive Christmas markets.


Europe's Christmas Markets are a unique experience that should be enjoyed by anyone with a desire to really get into the holiday spirit around Thanksgiving and Christmas. To book your Avalon Waterways Christmas Market river cruise, contact one of our experts at 1-800-377-9383.



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