Christmas Markets of France and Germany

Dates: 11/24/2018 to 12/1/2018


Trip Details

We’ll discover how the pedestrian streets of Colmar transform into five traditional Christmas markets, each constituting a mini village with its world-passionate craftsmen. In Strasbourg, we’ll visit the Cathedral de Notre Dame, take a canal cruise and see where the very first Christmas market in Europe took place, the true “Christkindelsmarik.”

Esslingen am Neckar creates a unique setting for the Esslingen Christmas and Medieval Market, displaying medieval flags, torches and banners. In Ludwigsburg, the Baroque Christmas Market is one of the most beautiful in Germany. Heidelberg and Rudesheim turn into holiday wonderlands where twinkling lights dot the lanes and decorated stalls and sounds of merriment fill the air. Frankfurt Christmas Market specializes in miniature marzipan figures called Bethmannchen, meant to represent Father Christmas.

We invite you to enjoy the Christmas Season as never before. Return to the days of yesteryear and take pleasure in a dusting of snowflakes, hot mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, gingerbread, decorated cookies, homemade candies, stirring carols and festive city squares while exploring the Christmas markets of France and Germany.

Please contact the Alumni Office at 815-753-1512 to check on availability of this trip.


The trip includes:
• Round-trip airfare from Chicago
• Accommodations and ground transportation

• Buffet breakfast daily, one afternoon lunch and four evening dinners
Two nights in Colmar, two nights in Stuttgart and two nights in Rudesheim

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After registering for this trip, you will pay a $500 deposit.

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*Companion travelers need to register and pay separately so personal information is recorded.

Dates: November 24, 2018 to December 1, 2018
  • Cost: $3,389 per person, double occupancy
  • Single supplement is an additional $450

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NIU Alumni Association