Christmas markets bring to life the joy, spectacle and tradition of the festive season.
Floating down Europe’s original highways aboard your comfortable travelling hotel, unpack once but be sure to leave lots of room for your Christmas gifts.
From small markets full of handcrafted treasures that pop up for one day a year to illuminated extravaganzas that last from November to February there is a market atmosphere to please even the most dedicated scrooge.
Let’s reach for a glass of mulled wine (or kinderpunsch- see my recipe below!) and explore the most relaxing way to experience the Christmas markets….
European river cruises travel the rivers stopping at picturesque towns throughout the year. During Christmas these stops have the added flair of a festive overlay as Christmas descends on the continent. From short three day jaunts, seven day festive flings to extravagant twenty three night Christmas extravaganzas these destinations will delight and surprise you.
Watch a fabulous video from our friends at Viking River Cruises
Enjoy the taste of Christmas at home....
Mulled wine is a comforting drink you’ll find at every market- each stall will have their own blend. Kinderpunsch is a non alcoholic version of this fabulous winter drink - enjoy my blend while dreaming of a White Christmas.
500 mL of Ribena 1 cinnamon stick 1 orange sliced into rounds ½ tsp of nutmeg ½ tsp of ginger
Simmer all of these ingredients together in a saucepan on the stove until warm. Decant into your favourite mug.
Sometimes I have been known to scale this up and keep it warm in a crock pot all day. The perfect companion for a cold winter's day or when decorating the house with all of the special pieces I have brought back from my market experiences.
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