Experience a magical Christmas

Embark on a Christmas adventure through Europe and South East Asia 

Embark on a Christmas adventure

Originating in Germany and dating back as far as the late middle ages, Christmas markets, or Christkindlmarkt as they are also known, have in recent years become popular throughout Europe.
The waft of delicious mulled wine and roasting chestnuts, along with a backdrop of festive sounds and twinkling lights ensure the air is filled with delightful Christmas-time cheer. Remaining true to their roots, many stall-holders at these wonderfully festive markets are local trades-people selling hand-crafted gifts and decorations, along with a delicious array of seasonal food to tempt you. From sizzling bratwurst and candied toasted almonds to Christmas cookies known as Lebkuchen, not forgetting the fruity festive favourite, stollen.
Popular attractions across these wonderfully festive markets include the obligatory huge Christmas tree, lit up in all its glory, along with a Nativity scene and festive singing and dancing. Full of festive charm, these markets are truly a joyful treat for all the senses. Late November and early December offer the opportunity to embark on your very own Christmas-time adventure with Emerald Waterways. Explore the Christmas markets of Europe with our specially tailored itineraries from 5 to 15 days, experiencing different festive celebrations in several cities during one trip.

For something a little different, why not consider our 8 day Holy Land at Christmas Time on board our luxurious super yacht Emerald Azzurra. Explore Israel and Egypt on this unique Mediterranean cruise departing 19 December, 2022.

Christmas in Europe

Europe during the winter is unlike anywhere else, as the gingerbread stalls and row-upon-row of twinkling fairylights welcome the festive period. Visit the home of the Christmas markets, as you celebrate Yuletide as the Germans, Austrians and Hungarians do. Sip glühwein, treat yourself to traditional snacks and shop for unique souvenirs to take home, with the awe-inspiring backdrop of some of the most iconic architecture on the continent.

Introducing our Christmas Market Cruises