Smithsonian Journeys Dispatches

Christmas in September?

Vienna's City Hall, decorated for the holidays.

It might be a little early for Christmas shopping, but if you're thinking of traveling for the holidays, consider visiting one of Europe's historic Christmas markets. Across the continent, large outdoor markets open at the beginning of Advent, selling food and drink, as well as holiday gifts and decor. Some of the most famous markets are in cities like Strasbourg, Glasgow, Dresden, Stuttgart, and, of course Vienna.

Vienna's Christmas Market has been open in some form since 1294, and the Viennese take pride in dressing their city to the nines with lights and ornaments. Mulled wine and gingerbread can be found for sale on almost every corner, and there are plenty of handcrafted gifts for sale.

See it for yourself this year on our Christmas in Vienna experience, or click here for our other holiday tours.

What's your favorite way to celebrate the winter holidays? Share below.