Germany is a country who has had a longer tradition of Christmas than any other. The act of giving to show you care was common in Germany and then German immigrants in the United States also made it popular there and the Americans took the idea to the rest of the world.
Christmas celebrations start on1st December each year. Many households have their Christmas calender, which counts down the days until Christmas. But one of the most common a fun parts of Christmas in Germany speaking territory, is the Christmas market, known as Wiehnachtsmarkt or Christkindlmarkt. Where? It is common in Germany, Austria, South Tirol in Italy and Alsace in France.
Some of the more well known markets are huge toruist attractions for their respective cities and can bring in over 1 million visitors per year. But one of the coolest things you can do is, as in Stuttgart, go ice-skating inplain air in one of the central parts of the city.
People go to the markets to buy typical German christmas decorations, food and beverages common in Germany to Christmas celebrations, the large decorated Christmas tree, some gifts to give to people for Christmas, and fun park attractions for kids and adults alike, like plain air ice skating rinks, ferris wheels and other things associated with having a good time.
One thing that is common to Christmas markets is mulled wine called Glühwein, which is a warm red wine, mixed with cinnamon cloves and sometimes flavoured with orange peel. You can visit these stalls while walking around in the cold German winter and partake in a warm wine. The result is a complete warming effect of the body which can help overcome a cold day. The more you partake in the more layers of clothing you need to take off.
Although they occur in almost every main town in the beforementioned areas, the most well known Wiehnachtsmark are found in Augsburg, Stuttgart, Dortmund, Erfurt, Dresden, Strasbourg, Vienna and Nuremburg.
If you’re looking for something to occupy a cold winters day in December in Germany, head down to the local Wiehnachtsmarkt, abit of Gluhwein, iceskating and shopping for the German artisan Christmas decorations, and you’ll have kept yourself warm.