December in Germany is a time of merry holidays, gifts and Christmas markets, which are known all over the world. There they sell sweets and toys, organize performances and concerts, and the fairs themselves can be located in the most unexpected places. We will tell you about the most interesting and unusual Christmas markets in Germany.

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1. Under the ancient viaduct

In the very heart of the Black Forest, in the Rivne Gorge, at the foot of a 40-meter viaduct, a Christmas market (Weihnachtsmarkt in der Ravennaschlucht) has been held for many years, selling sweets, leather goods and silver. Light shows are organized on weekends, and music concerts and performances are organized for children.

When: from 1 to 23 December from Friday to Sunday.
Opening hours: Friday from 15 to 21, Saturday from 14 to 21, Sunday from 13 to 19.
More information: hochschwarzwald.de
Fair entrance cost:
Children (under 16) – free
Adults: Friday € 3, weekend € 4

Photo: Fair in the wine cellar

2. In wine cellars

The town of Traben-Trarbach has long been famous for its wine. A few years ago, the municipality decided to host the Christmas market (Mosel-Wein-Nachts-Markt) in the largest wine cellar, with a dozen rooms. The kiosks are located under low stone vaults, among huge wine barrels.

When: from November 24 to December 17, the market is open from Friday to Sunday from 11 to 21. And from December 18 to January 1, 2018 – from Monday to Thursday from 11 to 19, from Friday to Sunday – until 21.
More information: mosel-wein-nachts-markt.de

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Photo: Fair in Cologne

3. The largest and most popular bazaar in Germany in Cologne

Cologne hosts 20 Christmas markets in December, which are visited by 4 million people every year. Numerous sweets and souvenirs are sold in 150 wooden pavilions on the square in front of Cologne Cathedral.

The Angel Market at Neumarkt is the oldest in the city, with hundreds of workshops ranging from blacksmiths to glass blowers. Bazaar Altermarket is famous for its attractions and performances for children. A medieval fair is held in front of the Chocolate Museum, where puppet shows and concerts of medieval music are lit with torches and the audience is entertained by jesters.

When: from November 27 to December 23.
Opening hours: most fairs are open from 11 to 21 from Monday to Thursday, from Friday to Sunday – until 22.
More information: christmasmarketsgermany.com

Photo: Fair in Dresden

4. Germany’s oldest Christmas market in Dresden

The first time the Striezelmarkt fair was held in 1434. In the 16th century, it was here that the most famous German Christmas cake, the stollen, was baked. Every year, a giant stollen weighing 2.5 tons is baked at the fair, which is cut by bakers and the most beautiful girl in the fair. The symbol of the Dresden fair is the 14-meter-high Christmas pyramid. In 2017, the fair will be held for the 583rd time.

When: from November 29 to December 24.
Opening hours: daily from 10 to 21.
More information: weihnachtsmarkt-dresden.net

Photo: Fair in Lübeck

5. Medieval and Sea Bazaars in Lubeck

Lubeck is better known for its medieval bazaar near the church of St. Mary, where shows of magicians and jugglers are held, and in the evenings they burn fires and drink mead. But the sea bazaar in the Koberg area (Maritimer Weihnachtsmarkt am Koberg) is not inferior to him – there the trees are decorated with fishing nets, in addition to toys they sell fish and shellfish, and instead of mulled wine – rum.

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When: from November 27 to December 30.
Opening hours: daily from 11 to 21, Friday and Saturday until 22.
More information: weihnachtsmarkt-luebeck.com

Photo: Fair in Emden

6. Angel Market aboard the ship

In Lower Saxony, in the city of Emden, the Christmas market (Emder Engelkemarkt) takes place on the square in the port. There is a Christmas pyramid in the middle of the market, next to it, contests and performances for children are held. And this market is known for the fact that everyone can board a dozen ships and barges moored in the port. Some host concerts, others have workshops and stalls with sweets and mulled wine on the deck.

When: from November 27 to December 31.
Opening hours: daily from 11 to 20.
More information: engelkemarkt.info