Germany’s Christmas Markets

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Holiday glow in Munich's Christkindlmarkt.

Uniquely Festive

Get to know Germany's Christmas Markets by their sights, sounds, and tastes.

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Ornament and dessert – Lebkuchen pulls double-duty.
Taste testing is part of the Christmas market fun.

By Jenny B. Davis

It’s said that every German town has a Christmas market, and every one of those towns believes its market is the best. Opinions aside, on the face of it, many markets do seem the same. They all generally take place from late November to around Christmas Eve. They’re outside and open to the public, often held in historic town squares. There’s entertainment and activities for the kids.

But there are important distinctions. And when experiencing two of the country’s oldest and most popular Christmas markets, you’ll find it’s really all about the food. Discover Christmas treats two of Germany's markets have in store:
Tip: Most Christmas markets kick off the Advent season, opening the last week of November and running through December 24. Only the market near Munich Airport stays open until the New Year.

Originally appeared in Virtuoso Life magazine, November 2014.


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