We had an early morning start in Regensburg, Germany, another stop on our tour of the wonderful Christmas Markets in Europe aboard a Viking River Cruise. We thought we were bundled up enough, but oh my goodness it was definitely the coldest day of our trip. Our goal was to just keep moving as much as possible to try and stay somewhat warm. We were headed to a Christmas market but couldn’t help but admire the festive windows, doors, and streets as we went along.

This little Christmas market wasn't opening until 11am, but it was fun to see the cute little booths. Every market is so unique, each with its own style.

I just can't ever get enough of the natural elements as decoration. In this case, the Christmas tree was simply decorated with pine cones, wired on with floral wire. Love.

This floral shop had such a darling street side display. The pedestrian zones make it so nice for the shopkeepers to be able to spread out their displays into the streets because they don't have to worry about cars coming though.

And how darling is the lederhosen made from natural elements?

The churches are so incredible, and always seem to be under some sort of restoration. I love that they are so treasured and maintained.

We made it to the Christmas market along with what seemed to be every elementary school child in the greater Regensburg area. They were so excited to be there! Their chatter, laughter, and excitement was such a happy little added element to the market. 

The nativity, all nestled in.

The greenery offerings are so varied. It's inspiring to see how different minds make different wreaths. 

And I experienced my first market stand specializing in fruit cake ingredients. I was amazed at the variety.

This is the seventh post in a series covering my visit to Europe and the Christmas markets in cities along the Danube River, all via a Viking River Cruise. You can find the first post here, the second post here, the third post here, the fourth post here, the fifth post here and the sixth post here.

I'll be posting a full recap of the Viking River Cruise portion of my trip later this week and answering the many questions I've been receiving about it. If you have any questions regarding the river cruise or Viking, please feel free to comment below or send me an email and I'll make sure to cover everything in my post.


Stay-at-home mom, Serena Thompson, dreamed of creating a fun and happy little event to sell her vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, she and some friends held the first event in her neighbor’s barn. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today the event fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces filled with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best vintage & handmade fair in the country. Serena describes it as the happiest on earth.