In cold December days of yore, Europeans gathered in town squares to buy and sell spices, sweets, and other special items for the holidays. These were the first Christmas markets, and hundreds of years later they continue to bring the magic of the season alive. During a special river voyage, travel back through centuries as you walk along cobblestone streets through grand cities. Wander historic towns bedecked with twinkling Christmas trees and lined with wooden huts gleaming with handcrafted treasures. Explore iconic holiday markets at Budapest's Vörösmarty Square, where all products sold in the market are guaranteed as traditionally handmade; and Vienna, where impressive Christmas markets seem to appear around every corner. Sparkling lights, the sound of children singing carols, and the enticing smells of mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, and sweet treats of every kind are a feast for all your senses.