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CHRISTMAS TOURS europe For the holidays, Europe decks her halls with family-friendly cheer. C carla hunt 108 september 2010 Clients would be hard pressed to find a more festive time for family travel to Europe than the continent’s nice long Christmas holiday season. Not only are there extra special things for every member of the family to do and see, but ‘tis the easiest season to experience European traditions and to join local people in their celebrations. Throughout northern and central Europe, the dazzling centerpieces of the holiday season are its Christmas Markets that open for business and a full calendar of special attractions from the end of November through Christmas Eve. And whether he’s called St. Nicholas or Sinterklass, Santa Claus is always part of the colorful festivities. Indeed, Europe offers a Santa’s sack full of travel options, packaged for hasslefree convenience and value by a handful of U.S. tour operators. When considering holiday travel planning, for example, know that Germany is world famous for its Christmas markets, the most renowned of which may be in medieval Nuremberg, where the Christmas Angel opens the town’s Christkindlesmarkt on Hauptmarkt Square on Nov. 27. Thereafter she appears Tuesday to Friday at 3 p.m. and at the Christmas market for children at 2:30 p.m. There is much to see and do through the holiday season—concerts in the churches, traditional Nativity scenes in the baroque church of St. Egidien and in Spitalgasse, an exhibition of historical market stalls on Hans Sachs square and the “star” theater at St. Katharine’s Abbey. Other highlights are the international market on Rathausplatz, arts and crafts in the Handwerkerhof, a torch-lit procession to the castle, and rides aboard a horsedrawn mail coach.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend September 2010

Editor's Notes/Agent Speak
Hotel Desk
Tour Talk
Norwegian Epic
Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam
Ocean Club Resorts, Turks & Caicos
10 Great Family Resort Stays
Saint Lucia Travel Agent Specialist Program
Stay Awhile: Great Family Escapes
Touring Latin America: Calling All Explorers!
Montreal—"Oh, the Places You'll Go!"
Hawaii: Mahalo to Condo-Hotels
The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Unforgettable Safaris
The Wonders of China
Christmas Tours

Recommend September 2010