Marco Polo’s 24 Holiday traditions from around the world – Day 8: Germany, Christmas markets

It’s Day 8 of our Advent Calendar, only 16 more days to go until Christmas! Today we are headed to Germany, to check out a holiday tradition that may be quite familiar to many. After all, who has not heard about the German Weihnachtsmarkt? Did you miss yesterday’s post? Check it out here!



Christmas markets are everywhere. From small villages to sprawling metropolises, if there are people who celebrate Christmas, there will be a Christmas market, though most cannot boast to be as lavish as the German ones.  In Germany Weihnachtsmärkte have been held since the Late Middle Ages. Traditionally the markets open in late November and are open until right after Christmas. Stalls feature Christmas decorations, nativity scenes, local products, and of course, traditional German Christmas foods. Candied and roasted almonds, Lebkuchen, Bratwurst, and one cannot skip the Glühwein.

Many German cities boast having the largest, oldest and most traditional Christmas markets of all. Cologne and Dortmund are typical destinations for tourists who wish to experience the tradition, but Berlin also has well over 70 Christmas markets to sample. Wherever you go, you are certain to get in the holiday mood!


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