With a history that dates back almost 600 years ago, Dresden Christmas Market, also known as Striezelmarkt, is the oldest Christmas fair in Germany. The most celebrated of all the markets is Nürnberg’s Christkindlesmarkt on the Hauptmarkt. The Frauenkirche, overlooking the market has a glockenspiel, a bell clock on which wooden figures cavort several times a day. But there are houndreds of Christmas markets all over Germany taking place in the month of December. Just about every big city and many smaller communities, especially those with reputations as tourist attractions, have Christmas markets.
German Christmas markets usually take place around a huge illuminated Christmas tree. Little houses are forming a temporary village with narrow streets, squares, restaurants and shops. A city within a city. The stands are selling sweet and salty treats. You can find the famous Lebkuchen, a very rich honey spiced gingerbread cookie, sausages and spicy hot mulled wine, „Glühwein“, on every Christmas market. Furthermore there is traditional wooden handicraft and Christmas decoration of all kind. Kids can take a ride on a nostalgic carousel or in a horse-drawn carriage. All the while, choirs and brass-bands provide festive musical accompaniment. You should see, smell and taste it! It’s authentic!