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Here’s the Best Christmas Markets in Germany

While other countries have unique holiday traditions (like piñata-bashing in Mexico and lantern festivals in the Philippines), it’s well-known that no place does Christmas quite like Germany (no matter how many iterations of German Christmas markets you might see in the U.S. these days) where the festive holiday season kicks off at the end of November and runs up until the beginning of January. It includes traditional cookies and cakes like lebkuchen and pfeffernüsse, decorative trees and wreaths trimming public spaces, and picturesque medieval towns given the fairy-tale treatment with twinkling lights and glowing candles placed in the windows of shops and residences—and glühwein that adds to the cheer.

One of the best ways to experience the holidays in Germany is a Christkindlmarkt (or Christmas market—or, if you’re hanging around Berlin, a Weihnachtsmarkt), with hundreds of stalls selling local snacks and gifts, live music by local choirs and orchestras, and carnival-worthy entertainment like ferris wheels and even Nutcracker performances on stilts. Read more…

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