Mince pies are being munched* in UK, KFC is being ordered in Japan and over in Germany, a goose is ready to be carved at the dinner table.
As Christmas is a time for sharing, gifts are being dressed up in ribbon, bows and wrapping paper, but they don’t just magically appear in a mist of snowflakes in our homes. Those dudes in pointy hats make them, then get their mate Santa and his flying reindeer to deliver them. Duhhhh.
Whilst Santa’s little elves are busy at the toy factory, us humans are busy around town, the local shopping centres and bustling Christmas markets, all in search of the perfect gift for loved ones. For some reason, we stopped getting presents from the big fella in red a LONG time ago!
For stocking fillers, food and entertainment, people flock to Christmas markets all over the world, and we’d love to hear from you over on the Lingora task portal about which markets you’d most like to visit. Here, you can leave a text or audio about the Christmas markets you think would be most magical to visit or tell us about the famous markets in your country.
To bring you some festive cheer, we’re exploring just what it is about the German Xmas markets that makes them so special.
Let’s take a look at our top three picks from the country…
1. Stuttgarter Weihnachtsmarkt
At Christmas markets, or in other countries, I’m usually on the lookout for new and unique food which I wouldn’t be able to try anywhere else. Stuttgarter Weihnachtsmarket has got that covered as you can sample Maultaschen: large, ravioli-like noodles that are a speciality of the region.
With over 300 stalls to choose from selling traditional gifts, the vintage setting overlooked by a 10th century Old Castle adds to the appeal of the market.
2. Frankfurt Christmas Market
With an official opening from the town Mayor, artists selling their works and the chiming of church bells and carol concert, the Frankfurt Christmas Market is a vibrant hub of creativity!
Set in St Paul’s Square in Romerberg, the music-focused market is one of the most popular and elaborate seasonal shopping quarters at this time of year in Germany.
3. Leipzig market
The oldest market in Germany, Leipzig, dates back to 1458 and is set in front of Old Town Hall, nearby to the same area where composer and musician Johann Sebastian Bach lived for 30 years.
With a twenty-metre-high Saxon spruce Christmas tree, as well as a Ferris Wheel and fairy tale forest, the market is fantastically* charming and embraces other cultures in its harmonious Finnish village.
All that’s left to say is…
*Munched – eat something steadily and audibly
*Fantastically – extraordinarily well
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