Christmas Markets

Discover European Christmas markets by river cruise. 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 increasingly popular throughout northern Europe. And there’s no better way to experience this tradition than with a Christmas market cruise.

The delicious waft of mulled wine and roasting chestnuts, along with a backdrop of festive sounds and twinkling lights ensures that the air is filled with delightful Christmastime cheer. Full of yuletide charm, these markets are truly a joyful treat for all the senses—plus a great opportunity to pick up festive decorations and gifts for loved ones. Late November and early December offers you the opportunity to embark on your very own Christmastime adventure.

Christmas and New Year Celebration Cruises

For 2023 and 2024 we have many more Christmas and New Year river cruises on the Danube and on the Rhine for you to choose from. They are the perfect way to enjoy a relaxed Christmas away from home but still treasure all the traditions – the Christmas decorations, the warm and cosy ambience of Christmas whilst being a pampered guest aboard your river vessel!

Our uniquely designed itineraries allow guests to remain relaxed, giving you time to appreciate your surroundings and the ports of call visited.

Experience a very special Christmas Eve Mass inside the atmospheric UNESCO World Heritage Cathedral of Speyer followed by a sumptuous festive gala dinner aboard your river vessel. Or why not try our New Year cruises, allowing you to celebrate in style aboard your chosen river boat, taking advantage of joining in the new year celebrations whilst visiting and experiencing wonderfully new and exciting destinations. So, whether you choose to see in the New Year in the beautiful city of Vienna or in the popular city of Amsterdam there are more options available, than ever before. 

A Christmas or New Year Adventure Through Europe

Our Festive Cruise Collection 

We have a wide variety of sailings available that will take in the traditions and festivities of the Christmas season in Europe.

For more than 30 years, the nicko brand has been synonymous with unforgettable river travel experiences, offering top service and a personal touch at the best value for money, and all on a full programme of award-winning European River Cruises.

In 2023, we have several river cruises available for those that want to enjoy the atmosphere and experiences of a traditional European Christmas and New Year. Uncover the beauty of destinations including Budapest, Bratislava, Melk, Mainz, and more, at what can only be described as the most magical time of the year. Several of these sailings are also offered as no-fly options for those that would prefer to avoid flying.


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