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Escorted Christmas Markets Tours

Nothing encapsulates the festive spirit quite like a Christmas market. Weaving through quaint town squares packed with charming wooden stalls and twinkling fairy lights, sipping spiced Glühwein listening to carol singers, the undeniable scents of Christmas lingering in the crisp winter air; sweet waffles, mouth-watering Brätwurst, and freshly roasted chestnuts. Experience the inimitable joy of a Christmas market from the Dickensian celebrations of Yorkshire, to the traditional markets of Germany, and step into a magical world of Christmas cheer.

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Christmas Markets of the Rhine
Rail & Cruise
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4.5 stars(86 reviews)
2024NovDec
2025NovDec
5 days from
£1,395 pp
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  • DestinationGermany
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Bavarian Christmas Markets
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4.1 stars(9 reviews)
2024Dec
5 days from
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  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Harz Mountains Christmas Markets
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4.3 stars(29 reviews)
2024Dec
6 days from
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A Scottish Christmas
4.4 stars(20 reviews)
2024Dec
7 days from
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh
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  • TransportRail, Coach
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Interlaken & the Jungfrau Express at Christmas
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4.1 stars(7 reviews)
2024Dec
7 days from
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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  • TransportRail
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  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Our customers love our Christmas Markets tours
Classic Glacier Express at New Year
16/Jan
Clifford Smy
5 stars
“Great scenery. Kay, our tour manager, was brilliant.
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Harz Mountains Christmas Markets
30 Dec 2023
Dale Buche
5 stars
“It was overall a wonderful trip. The trains were great. The accommodations were wonderful and most of all our tour guide was exceptionally great. The towns we visited were everything I hoped they would be.
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Christmas Markets of the Rhine
25 Dec 2023
Melanie Gold
5 stars
“This 4-city cruise was a great introduction to the Rhine and the fabulous German Christmas markets. Food was excellent, the stateroom felt luxurious, the walking tours informative, and for travelers who speak only English, there are no language barriers. Most helpful was our Great Rail Journeys coordinator, who gave...
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Bavarian Christmas Markets
23 Dec 2023
Susan Rose
5 stars
“A truly lovely trip. All places visited very interesting and full of Christmas atmosphere. Rothenburg is so very quaint and beautifully preserved. Highlight of the trip for us was visit to Thurn & Taxis Market in Regensburg, quite magical after dark. The local Germans flock to this market which speaks...
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Interlaken and the Jungfrau Express at Christmas
8/Jan
Maggie Lodge
4 stars
“Fabulous Scenery ..Hotel Metropole Interlaken lovely. Only complaints were dinner every night not good..Spaghetti with Veal and Cabbage for Christmas Dinner..Chef needs replacing for one with better ideas. Also expected to walk to and from Hotel to Railway Station..no transport provided walk was about half a mile at least ..Not good if...
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Classic Glacier Express at Christmas
6/Jan
Patricia
4 stars
“The experience was very good but the main food courses and waitress service in the 4* hotel was not what we expected. Katie Leigh our tour guide made up for that disappointment.
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A Scottish Christmas
09 Jan 2023
Miss A Holgate
4 stars
“The first time I have done Christmas away in the Uk. It was good and the scenery in Scotland is lovely. The hotel was very busy, as expected, and mealtimes were drawn out affairs, lasting 2hours.
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At Great Rail Journeys we have a wonderful selection of train holidays that guide you to enigmatic destinations, allowing you to sample the culture and authentic flavours. The advantage of a rail holiday is that you not only see fabulous cities and towns, you also get to witness the spectacular scenery which envelops them. Journey among snow-dusted mountains, frozen lakes and fairytale fortresses that make you feel like you have stepped into a real winter wonderland.

Rest assured that our rail journeys are as exhilarating as the Christmas markets themselves, and the sociable environment makes our holidays perfect for solo travellers. We ensure that each passenger feels that they are part of a group, making mealtimes a sociable occasion. Great Rail Journeys will make all of the travel arrangements for you and a professional Tour Manager is on hand throughout your holiday.

During a Christmas markets holiday there will be ample leisure time incorporated into the tour so you have the freedom to explore at your own pace. Perhaps shop for gifts for family back home or simply watch the world go buy in a chic café. Let us treat you this season on an unforgettable break at a Christmas market of your choice. Browse through our selection of tours and begin planning your perfect festive adventure.

Christmas Markets guided rail tours

The 6th December is St Nikolaus Eve, when German children leave polished shoes outside their bedroom door in the hope that Weihnachtsmann will have filled them with treats come morning. In Luxembourg children wait for Klees'chen but in parts of France it is Saint Nicolas who fills the shoes with sweets and small toys. This region of the world has some of the best Christmas markets by rail and starting from late November children step incredibly cautiously around their parents. Not for fear that they won't receive their presents but if they misbehave then Black Peter or Père Fouettard will take them away on Christmas Eve.

Aachen Christmas Market