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Christmas market cruising is skyrocketing in popularity, as Australians becoming increasingly inventive in creating the ultimate festive season holiday. Each December Christmas markets spring up across the European continent, turning cities festive with twinkling Christmas lights, wafts of freshly baked sweets and hot mulled wine, stalls selling hand-made trinkets and even pop up forests.

Historically, Christmas markets originated in the 13th century to allow townspeople to stock up for the winter. Today, they have become the hallmark of festive season tradition, and cruise lines are responding with itineraries dedicated to experiencing their charm. Here are’s top 6 Christmas cruise destinations.

Tallinn, Estonia

With its characteristically quaint architecture and welcoming culture, Tallinn is fast becoming Europe’s hottest festive season cruise destination. The icing on this Christmas cake? The quaint city boasts one of the most enchanting Christmas markets on the continent in its fairy-tale-like Old Town, and due to its latitude, is one of the most likely cruise destinations to experience a white Christmas.

Hamburg, Germany

The historic harbour city of Hamburg comes alive at Christmas time. As dozens of markets emerge late November the entire city transforms into a giant Weihnachtsmarkt with a host of unique festivities to enjoy, like witnessing a real-life Santa Claus fly over the Town Hall at dusk, sipping mulled wine in a forest of Christmas trees in the CBD and searching for all that is naughty and nice at the x-rated market in Hamburg’s infamous red light district.

Stockholm, Sweden

An authentic Scandinavian Christmas should be on everyone’s Bucket List, and Stockholm’s Advent Market in the city’s Old Town is a must-see. A sea of snow-capped red stalls set against a backdrop of colourful Nordic facades sell all manner of festive delicacies, from Glögg, reindeer and elk meat, traditional smoked sausages, spiced gingerbread and high quality Swedish handicrafts.

Vienna, Austria

For a truly unforgettable experience look no further than a Christmas market cruise to Vienna. More than 20 ancient Advent Markets, some dating back to 1298, dot the city, making Vienna Europe’s capital of Christmas.

Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg’s antique architecture, magnificent cathedral and French charm deliver one of Europe’s prettiest Christmas markets, inspiring cruise lines to dedicate itineraries cruising here throughout the festive season. CruiseAway suggests sampling the delicately crispy Flammkuchen, France’s little-known interpretation of the pizza.

London, England

What Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland lacks in tradition, it makes up with fabulous. The Nutcracker on Ice, Magical Ice Kingdom, Zippos’ Christmas circus, daredevil shows, Alpine Adventure, rollercoasters and ice skating complement a replica Bavarian Christmas market, with a giant Ferris wheel to gaze over the twinkling festivities.

Join increasing numbers of Australians and book your Christmas cruise for 2017. For more information, head to or call us at 1300 306 134.

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