One of the greatest things about traveling in December is hitting the holiday bazaars. This month’s deals sample the best of them, whether on a cruise or at a new city hotel.
Prague in winter - central market place.
Credit: Bennewitz


Avalon Waterways
The cities on this Danube cruise, from Prague to Vienna, are magical when draped in snow; take in the view with seasonal treats, like mulled wine and gingerbread biscuits.

The Deal: Two nights in Prague and six nights aboard the Impression, from $1,659 per person, double; book by January 31. Save 30%.


Belgium has some of Europe’s finest markets, with skating rinks, illuminated chalets, and handmade crafts. This itinerary visits three of them in four days.

The Deal: Three nights aboard the Modigliani, $465 per person, double; valid for December sailings. Save 30%.


Grand Ferdinand
The Austrian capital’s latest opening has a rooftop overlook- ing the Ringstrasse and friendly staff who’ll warm you up with goulash and champagne after a day of outdoor holiday shopping.

The Deal: Three nights in a standard room, $690 for two, December 1–January 31. Save 32%.


Hotel Lincoln
This retro Lincoln Park property will arrange a day of ice skating, picking out stocking stuffers at the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, and more.

The Deal: Two nights in a junior suite, $338 for two; book by January 31. Save 30%.


Art Hotel
Navigate the enormous Christkindl Market with a guide from this recent downtown debut, whose rooms have works selected by a former Denver Art Musem curator. Gift wrapping and shipping (by elves, of course) is on the house.

The Deal: Two nights in a suite, $600 for two, through January 31. Save 34%.

Super Saver

The Carlyle Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C.
This Art Deco–inspired newcomer will help you maximize your time at the Downtown Holiday Market, featuring more than 160 artisans, by providing cab fare and a gift certificate to kick off the fun.

The Deal: Two nights in a Deluxe room, $312 for two, through January 31. Save 37%.