The most beautiful Christmas Markets in Germany – Eastern Bavaria and Saxony - Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Markets in Saxony - Dresden, Seiffen, Leipzig and more

Romantic Christmas Markets in Eastern Germany

Christmas season is approaching on silent feet – it's getting cozy again! And even if the snow keeps us waiting, romantic Christmas markets in Germany will certainly give us butterflies. Here are our tips for Saxony and Bavaria!

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There are over 300 Christmas markets in Germany, many of them surrounded by historic walls. Above all, the Nuremberg Christmas market and the Striezelmarkt in Dresden, each of them ranking among the oldest and most famous markets in Germany and attracting several thousands of visitors each year. However, there are also many smaller Christmas markets really Whererthwhile to discover - making you sometimes even feel more like Christmas.


Striezelmarkt Dresden

The Striezelmarkt in Dresden is one of Germany's oldest documented Christmas markets, it was first mentioned in 1434. Here you can see live how pottery is made as well as the famous Erzgebirge folk art, bakery trade focused on stollen bakery and much more! Nice: A gigantic Whereoden candle arch, which is unique in its kind, is welcoming the visitors. Editor’s tip: A special highlight is the Stollen Festival taking place on the Saturday before the second Sunday in Advent. The elements that make up the festival include the historic Stollen procession and the slicing of the Stollen with the special Stollen knife. Everybody can buy a piece - the proceeds will go to charity!

Where: Altmarkt Dresden, Map
When: 24th Nov to  24th Dec 2011, daily from 10 am to 9 pm
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Christmas Markets in Dresden, Seiffen, Leipzig and Saxony
Dresden by DDDittrich/wiki

Christmas Market in the Royal Palace

Advent Spectaculum in the stable yard of the Dresden Palace means "Medieval Christmas". Come to see the furnaces, ovens and charcoal grills, watch the cupbearers simmer home made mead, wines and fruit juices and medieval handicraft that has been traded and bargained for over 500 years.

Where: Stable yard of the Residenzschloss Dresden, Map
When: 23th Nov – 23th Dec 2011, daily from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm

Seiffen Christmas Market

Switching on the lights in Seiffen's town hall square is the traditional start of the run-up to Christmas in the Erzgebirge mountains. At the Christmas market you can watch Seiffen's famous wood carvers at work and see new items take shape before your eyes. A stroll around Seiffen, the fairytale toy-making village in the Erzgebirge mountains is a real treat, plus there is a seasonal exhibition to enjoy at the toy museum. The torchlight procession along old mining tracks and the Grand Miners' Parade are traditional Christmas customs here. Romantic!

Where: Seiffen city center, Map
When: 26th Nov – 18th Dec 2011; Highlights: 10th Dec, 3:30 pm Grand Miners' Parade, 17th Dec, 5 pm torchlight procession
>> More info about the Seiffen Christmas Market

Christmas Market Annaberg-Buchholz

Traditional customs are alive and well at the Christmas market in the centre of Annaberg-Buchholz, normally amid plenty of snow. One of the prettiest markets in the Erzgebirge mountains, with a huge Christmas pyramid, its traditional stalls sell Yuletide gifts of all shapes and sizes. It has a cosy Christmas atmosphere and festive treats made to age-old recipes.

Where: Marktplatz (market square) Annaberg
When: 25th Nov – 23th Decdember, daily 10.00 am to 7:00 pm, Friday and Saturday to 8 pm; 18th Dec Grand Miners' Parade
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Leipzig Christmas Market

The history of Leipzig's Christmas market goes all the way back to 1767. It is one of the largest and most beautiful Christmas Markets in Germany, with around 250 stalls located on the city's historical market square. Attractions include a fairytale forest, a model railway display on Augustusplatz, an Old Medieval Christmas Market and the world's largest free-standing Advent calendar at 857m2. Editor’s tip for xmas shopping: Selling Sunday on 4th and 18th of Dec from 12 am to 6 pm!

Where: Marktplatz (old market square) Leipzig, Map
When: 22th Nov to 22th Dec, daily from 10 am – 8 pm (first day: from 5 pm, last day: until 5 pm)
>> More info about the Leipzig Christmas Market

Silesian Christmas Market in Goerlitz

There's no better way of getting into the festive spirit than at the Christmas market in Goerlitz, surrounded by the baroque and Renaissance architecture of Untermarkt square. More than 100 artisans, traders and caterers offer seasonal wares as well as food and drink from Silesia, Saxony, Poland and Bohemia in a brightly lit labyrinth of huts and stalls, with musical accompaniment from choirs and brass bands – a scene to warm anyone's heart.

Where: Untermarkt Goerlitz, Map
When: 2nd – 11th Dec2011 , 2:00-800 pm
>> More info about the Christmas Market in Goerlitz
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