We are producing two more shows as part of our Christmas Markets trilogy..
"Christmas on the Danube"
The Danube. The flowing river that passes through stunning European landscape, history and culture. With the riches of the Hapsburg Empire and the Holy Roman Empire of Germanic Nations, the cities and towns along the Danube became architectural beauties and inspired artists, writers and musicians. Castles, abbeys and cathedrals rose from the medieval times. Music of Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss filled the streets and concert halls. The cities of the Danube are particularly spectacular at Christmas. With their Christmas markets filled with local crafts and food, and holiday lights and activities, a visit to the cities along the Danube at Christmas are a magical experience. As we travel along the Danube, from Budapest, Hungary, to Passau, Germany, we see magnificent cities, learn of their histories, see their major sights, and visit their Christmas Markets. As we watch, we listen to the classical music created for the season. A truly marvelous Christmas treat!
Our Danube journey starts in Budapest, with its imposing palace and parliament building, and wonderful Christmas Market. In Bratislava, we see a country reclaiming its culture from communism as its Habsburg past is re-discovered. Then onto fabulous Vienna. A city full of architectural treasures, its busy main Christmas Market sits in front of the Gothic Town Hall, decorated as an advent calendar. With more Christmas Markets for the children and in the Museum Square, Vienna is a brightly lit and colorful Christmas present for the visitor. We visit Gottweig Abbey, and sit in its beautiful church and listen to its impressive organ. Then off to Salzburg, whose marvelous inner city is a Unesco World Heritage Site. Below the massive castle is the sparkling Christmas Market, surrounded by lustrous baroque buildings. We also visit the commemorative site of the church where that most famous of Christmas carols, Silent Night, was composed. We conclude in Passau, with lovely buildings built along the Danube and a commanding cathedral in front of which we find its charming Christmas Market.
"Christmas in Alsace"
The Alsace region of France is packed with medieval towns and castle ruins that overflow with charm and history. And at Christmas, the townspeople go all out in decorating each of their towns to outdo the next in celebration of the season. We will have a delightful visit to these towns and their Christmas Markets for a truly magical take on this uniquely French celebration of Christmas.