Almost every German city celebrates the holiday season with a traditional Christmas market. The fairs, which date back to the 14th century, originally provided food and practical supplies for the cold winter season, but soon the markets became a beloved holiday tradition and a great way to get into the Christmas spirit.
The month of December is packed with winter festivals and holiday events that will get you into the Christmas spirit in no time. Here is an overview of what's happening in December 2010 and what travelers can expect from the holiday season in Germany, from weather, to airfares, and hotel rates.
From the Christmas tree to the Christmas market, it's all German! many Christmas traditions that are celebrated around the world orginated in Germany; read about the most beloved holiday customs here, from German Christmas recipes, to the Advent wreath.
Whether you look for hand-crafted Christmas decoration, hunt for designer bargains, or want to soak up some atmosphere in Germany's illuminated shopping streets, check out these helpful resources for your German shopping spree.
From the Alps to the Black Forest, Germany offers many ski resorts and winter sport opportunities. Whether you are looking for speedy downhill runs or want to enjoy cross-country skiing in picturesque scenery, German ski resorts won’t disappoint.