Weihnachtsmarkt in Germany May 19 2014

For many Germans, adults and children alike, the most wonderful time of the year begins in November, because it's time for the annual "Weihnachtsmarkt" (or Christmas market) to begin in many cities all over Germany. It is a reflective time of the year, marked by candlelight and the smell of biscuits, ice-flowers on the window, mysterious Christmas stories, freezing cold and romantic nights around the blazing fire. Gingerbread, stollen, spiced biscuits, cinnamon stars, "glow" wine, hot apple juice are part of every Christmas market.

Most visitors go with family, friends or work colleagues to the Christmas market. Children, especially love this time and place because of the many sweets and treats every Christmas market has to offer. Some markets feature special children activities, such as gingerbread house building or wax candle making, which children will have tremendous fun partaking in. 

The Striezelmarkt, Germany oldest Christmas market and the Nuremberg Weihnachtsmarkt are always worth a visit. In addition to the food and beverages, many handmade toys and games made in Germany are popular treats, stocking stuffers and Christmas gifts for German children and foreign visitors.