We invite you on an unforgettable journey, one that will fill your heart with warmth and give you true holiday spirit.  Enjoy the feeling of an "Old World Christmas".  The European Christmas Markets have been celebrated for hundreds of years and still today, transform town squares and narrow streets into magical wonderlands.  The Christmas Markets are filled with unique decorative and edible symbols of the season, as well as wonderful cultural events.  Listen to the carolers singing in front of town hall.  Savor the smells of gingerbread, fruitcake, grilled sausages and seasonal beverages.  Visit the many special Christmas Markets of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Czech Republic and Scandinavia.  See the wonderful decorations, listen to the beautiful Advent concerts and visit many special Christmas exhibits.  Take home unique gifts of handcrafted ornaments, nutcrackers, and tinsel angels.  I will share with you places where I have lived, visited and grown to love.   



Destinations by Dixon LLC has taken clients, for over 25 years, to the Christmas Markets of Europe & Scandinavia.  Travelers absolutely love the magical season of Advent, the lovely Christmas Markets in the cities, towns & villages, the special concerts and exhibits and of course all of the seasonal food and beverages.  I have been blessed to be able to share these experiences of this special time of the year with many clients.


I love the one-time pack and unpack vacation experience.  Also, I favor centrally located, boutique, family run accommodations.  Instead of a suggested guided vacation or river cruise, I have listed below some ideas for independent packages.  The below cities or villages are great for those travelers who have already visited most of the more popular Christmas Markets or want to have a unique or more authentic experience.  I have listed some highlights for each destination, as well as, a boutique hotel suggestion.  If you decide you would be interested in one of the below destinations, I would be happy to put together a package for you.


BRUGES, BELGIUM-Bruges is one of the most romantic places to visit during the Christmas Market season.  The fairytale setting, Gothic architecture, cobbled streets, canals and seasonal lights are only some of the reasons you should travel to Bruges.  The city has several Christmas Markets although the main market is located at the Market Square.  The boutique property, Hotel De Orangerie, offers rooms which overlook the Dijver Canal and has an excellent location to the historic city center. 

GALWAY, IRELAND-Galway is filled with culture, artistry, excellent  entertainment and culinary  options.  The main Christmas Market is located at Eyre Square and features handmade crafts, local & European goods, and artisan food offerings.  Visitors can enjoy day trips to the Connemara Peninsula and the Cliffs of Moher & the Burren .  The boutique property, Park House Hotel, is known for its excellent customer service and is well located on Eyre Square.  Visitors will enjoy the charming streets, historic town squares, lively pubs, gourmet restaurants, small boutiques and beautiful craft shops.

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN-The charming village towns of Garmisch and Partenkirchen are a wonderful place to stay amidst Germany's highest alpine peaks.  The two villages are rich in history, culture and the arts.  Visitors will enjoy the car-free pedestrian areas with quaint alleys, traditional shops and culinary delights.  The area is in close proximity to the traditional and tranquil regional towns of Alpenwelt Karwendel; Mittenwald, Krun and Wallgau.  Enjoy the quaint town centers, Bavarian delicacies, sleigh rides, local Christmas concerts and more.    Take a walking tour of Partenkirchen and learn about the ancient Roman road which still exists and the beautiful Luftmalerei (frescoes) painted on the buildings.  Book a private lesson at Chocolaterie Amelie, awarded the "Sweet Star" in gold for the best candy shop in German speaking countries to learn about & make your own chocolate.  Enjoy Bavarian hospitality in the heart of Garmisch Partenkirchen at the Hotel Zugspitze set amidst towering alpine peaks.  The boutique hotel offers traditional elegant rooms, restaurant with excellent cuisine, fine wines and wonderful spa.

HALL IN TIROL-Hall in Tirol is one of Austria's most beautiful towns located in close proximity to Innsbruck, Kufstein, and the beautiful region of the Zillertal.  The vibrant town offers high class hospitality, a wide variety of shops, a lovely Old Town, and charming cafes and restaurants.  The region of the Zillertal offers an authentic Advent season experience.   The Schlosshotel Goldener Engl, is a member of the Historic Hotels of Europe and its lovingly decorated rooms with high quality furnishings and modern comforts are combined with wonderful Tyrolean hospitality and fine Austrian cuisine.




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