With the promise of snow and its many Christmas traditions and festivities, Germany is the perfect place for a winter getaway. Get into the Christmas spirit with a stroll down the snow covered streets and appreciate the shimmering lights strewn across the trees. Shop windows are home to gorgeous red and white themed displays with dazzling Christmas decorations at every turn. Celebrate your next white Christmas in Germany and enjoy these five fantastic winter activities.
German Christmas Markets
The lavish Christmas Markets are world renowned and can be found in almost any city in Germany during December. A German tradition, these historical markets attract thousands of visitors each year. Be tempted by the aroma of traditional German food including hot chestnuts, lebkuchen and bratwurst and enjoy unique Christmas shopping with hand crafted gifts and toys. At night, these famous markets are lit with thousands of fairy lights and are a magical experience for the whole family.
ChocolART festival in Tubingen
Germany is home to one of the most prestigious chocolate festivals in the world. ChocolArt in Tubingen sees master chocolatiers from all over the globe gather to compete in cocoa-based artworks. Those with a sweet tooth will be excited by the many opportunities for taste testing, with world class chocolate on offer. You can learn chocolate-making techniques from the masters plus enjoy fun, theatrical performances dedicated to entertaining children. Highlights include chocolate art, chocolate tastings, chocolate cooking classes and chocolate menus.
Kathe Wohlfahrt Christmas Village
Step into a Christmas wonderland designed by Kathe Wohlfahrt. Located in Rothenburg, this world famous Christmas store will have kids and adults in awe with the largest selection of German Christmas decorations worldwide. Take a photo with the larger than life nutcracker standing guard at the front entrance and admire the magnificent 16 foot tall revolving Christmas tree. With over 196,000 artificial lights used to decorate the village, it is sure to capture the imagination of the young at heart.
Stollen Festival in Dresden
The Stollen Festival celebrates Germany’s famous Christmas fruitcake complete with a parade and processional of hundreds of pastry chefs. A combined effort, the world’s biggest Christmas cake is created, weighing over 4 tons and measuring 114 feet in length. Guaranteed to whet your appetite, the delicious cake is filled with nuts, candied orange peel and spices and is cut and sold to the crowd with all the proceeds going to charity.
New Year’s Eve Party in Berlin
If you plan on sticking around after Christmas, than make your way to Berlin to see in the new year. Host to one of the world’s biggest open-air parties, crowds gather at the Brandenburg Gate for the lively celebrations. Expect to enjoy buzzing entertainment with dance floors, live music, laser and light shows and live performances by local and internationally renowned artists. Be tempted by an array of international food and get set to welcome in the new year at midnight.
Looking for more great Christmas holiday ideas? Check out our Top European Christmas Markets.