Christmas Markets in Germany
Germany is the place to be at Christmas time! During December, most of the major cities have Christmas markets that are open throughout the whole month. Around the end of November in Germany and close to the 1st Advent Sunday, the first Christmas markets start for the holiday season. These markets, for example in Lübeck, Kiel, Lüneburg, Dredsen or Hamburg are open every day until Christmas and some even until the end of December. Christmas music fills the air, the aroma of mulled wine appeals to the senses and warms spirits on cold winter days and you can find one of a kind gifts for all of your friends and family. These are a must to see when in the country.
The small town markets can be even more charming than the major markets because they are not so commercialized as the larger ones. Often local residents craft handmade items for these markets which make them even more lovely to see. But many of these are only one-weekend markets so it is important to check local calendars to see when the towns in nearby areas are opening their markets.
Here are images of how festive towns and cities of Germany look during the holidays. These markets are located in the States of Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Lower Saxony, Saxony and the City of Hamburg, Germany.