The famous Christmas markets of Germany and Austria are in full swing from the last week of November with their ginger breads, spicy hot wines and sparking decorations. This year Belgium joins the celebrations as the kingdom famous for divine chocolate, heavenly waffles and 500 varieties of beer, embraces the holiday season. December magically transforms the cities of Brussels, Bruges, Antwerp and Liege into twinkling Christmas villages of holiday treats, ice skating rinks, Ferris wheels, carillons concerts, European Christmas markets and festive shopping. Discount booklets and holiday themed hotel packages are available. Christmas Market tours and packages from North America have been popular for many years