Top 5 Christmas tours in Europe

Experience a traditional European Christmas at some of the top destinations across the continent filled with lights, treats and handmade goods.

Europe is undoubtedly the best place in the world for Christmas treasures and these hand-picked tours explore the highlights of each city visited with expert guides to show you the must-see Christmas markets.

From afternoon walking tours to week-long trips, these tours will have you filling your bags with handmade goodies and sipping on mulled wine among the sweet-spicy aroma of gingerbread.

Top Christmas tours in Europe


1. Bruges Christmas Markets

Start and end in London as you head to Bruges to fill your bags and explore the medieval streets and lively Christmas markets.

  • Tour length: 2 days
  • Countries visited: England and Belgium
  • Cities visited: London and Bruges

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2. Small-group Vienna Christmas Tour including Belvedere Palace Market

Take in the charming Viennese Christmas markets on this walking tour with visits to the top markets at Town Hall Square, Charles Square, and Belvedere Palace.

  • Tour length: 3 hours
  • Countries visited: Austria
  • Cities visited: Vienna

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3. Budapest Christmas Market Tour with Wine Tasting

Take a guided walking tour of Budapest and its Christmas markets with a stop at a cellar to taste local wines before browsing the market's handmade gifts and traditional delicacies.

  • Tour length: 2.5 hours
  • Countries visited: Hungary
  • Cities visited: Budapest

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4. Christmas in Amsterdam

See the European Christmas charm in Amsterdam with canals illuminated by fairy-lights and bustling streets filled with local festivities for the season.

  • Tour length: 4 days
  • Countries visited: England, France, Belgium and the Netherlands
  • Cities visited: London, Dover, Calais, Amsterdam

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5. Christmas in Paris via Contiki

Experience a traditional European Christmas in the "City of Lights", tasting Paris' gourmet cuisine and exploring the beautifully-decorated snow-dusted streets.

  • Tour length: 4 days
  • Countries visited: England and France
  • Cities visited: London, Dover, Calais, Paris

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Stephanie Yip

Stef is the Travel Editor at and has been writing about travel for over a decade. She's visited over 50 countries and has had some incredible experiences, including hot air ballooning over Cappadocia, hitchhiking across Romania and seeing the Northern Lights (twice!). And while she’d never say no to a luxury escape, she's far more likely to stretch her travel dollars as far as they can go by keeping her ear to the ground for unbeatable travel bargains. And she'll tell you all about them, too! Stef has had articles featured on Travel Weekly, Escape and Hostelworld.

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