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Unwrap the Magic: Christmas Markets in Europe Await!

Published 5 months ago • 4 min read

Dear JourneyWoman,

This month we feature some of Europe's most iconic Holiday experiences, and tips on how to make your trips extra festive. We may love Europe in the summer, but Christmas markets make iconic cities like Prague, Vienna, Munich even more appealing in the winter.

This year, we're looking forward to a joyous experience on Uniworld River Boutique Cruises' new tour of the Christmas Markets in Belgium. Often bordered and overlooked by the bigger tourism magnets, the holiday season in Belgium is something truly special. JourneyWoman CEO, Carolyn Ray will be joining the Belgium cruise from December 16 - 23, 2023, so feel free to come along and experience it all during Belgium’s most festive time of the year.

Wherever you go, purchase travel insurance before you leave: our Booking Resources page has women-recommended websites to help you book and plan travel.

Several of the tour companies in our Women's Travel Directory are also offering discounts (see the bottom of this email for special deals for JourneyWoman readers).

Seven Iconic European Christmas Markets Solo Women Love

We share our best moments and tips visiting some of Europe's most iconic Christmas markets.

The Magic of a Christmas Markets River Cruise on the Danube

Read more about JourneyWoman CEO, Carolyn Ray's visit to the Christmas Markets in Prague, Passau, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Melk and Vienna on Avalon's 67-room Illumination riverboat.

Prague in the Off Season: Travel Tips for First Time Visitors

Why not explore Prague in November? Visit Prague's famous Old Town Square Christmas Market and stroll the small booths with hot mulled wine and trdelník chimney cakes in hand.

7 Reasons for Solo Women to Consider a River Cruise

River cruises are some of the best ways to experience the European Holiday Season. Read about some of the benefits of solo travelling with a river cruise from JourneyWoman contributing writer, Diana Eden.

Have you travelled to Europe for the Christmas markets? Share your tips to help other JourneyWoman travellers heading there soon! Submit your tip here.


Our Women's Travel Directory has hundreds of women-friendly tours from companies like Insight Vacations, European Experiences, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises and more. Here are some of the special offers for JourneyWoman readers below.


This tour with European Experiences includes much more than markets, shopping, and holiday traditions. You'll also experience the richness of the culture, history, and cuisine in Austria, Germany and France. Get a $500 discount on this tour if booked by September 22, 2023. Read more here.


If you're looking for a fairytale trip into the heart of Christmas, nowhere does it better than Alsace. Medieval castles, storybook villages, twinkly lights, and authentic artisan markets will inspire your Christmas spirit with Girls' Guide to the World. This tour starts from November 30 - December 6, 2023. Read more here.


Experience the magic of Switzerland at Christmas, journeying from Lucerne to Grindelwald, and on to Geneva with Insight Vacations. Get a last minute 10% discount on this tour departing from November 26, 2023. Multiple tour dates with discount available. Read more here.


Indulge in a winter escapade across Vienna, Ljubljana and Zagreb on this 8-day Christmastime tour with Insight Vacations. With attractions handpicked by Local Experts at every stop, this festive trip is packed with winter wonderland magic. Get a last minute 10% discount on this tour departing November 23 - 30, 2023. Read more here.


The holiday season in Belgium is something truly special. Indulge in all of the classic delights of a European Christmas with unique Belgian charm alongside Uniworld Boutique River Cruises. Tours start from November 25, 2023. Multiple dates available. Save US$1,500 on this tour when you bundle your cruise and air for a limited time. Read more here.

*Join JourneyWoman CEO + Editor, Carolyn Ray on the December 16 - 23, 2023 tour!


Experience Europe’s old-world charms during the most magical time of the year with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises. This cruise takes you to some of the most famous and delightful holiday markets in Central Europe. Tours start from December 9, 2023. Multiple dates available. Save US$1,500 on this tour when you bundle your cruise and air for a limited time. Read more here.


Fill your festive cheer with candles, carols, snowflakes and stollen as you wander past bustling market stalls and pay tribute to old-world traditions, local craftsmanship and mesmerising city backdrops with Trafalgar Tours. Tours start from November 24, 2023. Read more here.


Travel to the enchanting land of Germany's Christmas markets, sharing the festive season spirit and Gemütlichkeit of the locals amidst rousing oompah music and the spicy scents of Glühwein with Trafalgar Tours. Tours start from November 29, 2023. Read more here.


Indulge the senses by exploring the best of Central Europe’s festive market scene with Intrepid Travel. Feel the bustling energy of the charismatic Christmas markets, savour the smell of spicy festive delights, and meander from stall to stall, discovering new sights, sounds, flavours and fashions. Tours start November, 24 2023. Read more here.


It’s the most wonderful time of year, particularly when it is set in some of Central Europe’s prettiest and most historic cities. Get in the Christmas spirit exploring festive markets with Intrepid Travel in cities decorated in full Christmas splendour, browsing local handicrafts from traditional wooden stalls, sampling delicious regional specialties and taking in endless winter scenes along the way. Tours start November, 29 2023. Read more here.


What To Buy at the 7 Best European Christmas markets by Insight Vacations. Read more here.

Enjoy The Sparkle of Europe's Best Christmas Markets by Insight Vacations. Read more here.

The Benefits of River Cruise Solo Travel by Uniworld. Read more here.

Our Guide to the Best Christmas Markets in Europe by Amy Foyster from Intrepid. Read more here.

Check Skyscanner for flight costs before you book. Don’t forget to use incognito mode and consider combining a less-expensive flight with train travel where possible. Our Booking Resources page has recommended services from other women and you can share or search women-friendly accommodations and hospitality services in our new Places to Stay section. You can also find solo travel-friendly accommodation options on Expedia and shop all the things we love when we travel on our Amazon page. We also want to remind you how important it is to purchase travel insurance. Check prices on

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