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20 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit the German Christmas Markets

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The lilt of snowflakes, the sparkle of white lights against the darkness, the warmth and comfort of hot chocolate, and the delight of Christmas carols. Despite being a Texas girl who hates the cold, I am a sucker for winter. Add the smell of roasting nuts and the charm that emanates from every corner of the German Christmas markets, and I am a goner.

Thanks to a perfectly-timed business meeting and some frequent flier miles, we had the chance to visit the fairy tale markets of Nuremberg and Munich. We had no idea what to expect but were thrilled to find a kind of holiday spirit we’ve rarely experienced at home. Punctuated with every sight, sound, and flavor (sausage!) of winter happiness you could imagine, the markets were the epitome of Christmas cheer.

Just in case you need more reasons to head to Germany in December, here are 20 festive photos that will make you want to run and book a ticket.

Shoppers fill the aisles of the Nuremberg Christmas market
The German Christmas markets buzz with energy and festivity
Brightly-painted gingerbread ornaments
Gingerbread ornaments in Nuremberg
Carousel in the snow at the Nuremberg Christmas market
Carousel in the Nuremberg snow
People serving sausage at the German Christmas markets
All kinds of delicious sausage are a staple at the German Christmas markets
Daddy and daughter eating sausage
Daddy and daughter indulging in a market snack
Children carrying lanterns at night
Young children participate in the Nuremberg lantern parade one night in mid-December
Carolers outside a church at night
Choir performances add to the atmosphere
People standing at a highly-decorated market stall
Gluhwein (mulled wine) and beer stall
Horse-drawn carriage
Horse-drawn carriage that tours through Nuremberg
Pastries for sale
Pastries for sale
Decorations and half-tiber buildings in Nuremberg
Decorations throughout the cities
Drink stand decorated like a German Christmas pyramid with propeller
Even the food stalls are elaborate
Lit Christmas tree in front of Munich city hall
Christmas tree in front of Munich city hall
Potpourri and ornaments on display for sale
Potpourri and ornaments
Winter fruit for sale in Munich
Winter fruit
Beer steins
Beer steins are everywhere at the German Christmas markets
Ornaments and figurines at German Christmas markets
Ornaments and figurines
Wooden ornaments
Wooden ornaments are popular throughout Germany
Figurines made of nuts and prunes dressed like people
Figurines made of nuts and prunes are traditional in Nuremberg

Have you ever been to one of the German Christmas markets? What did you think?

Visiting the German Christmas markets in Nuremberg and Munich is a fun thing to do during the holiday season. Drink some gluhwein, shop for an ornament, listen to the music, and have a great time | 20 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit the German Christmas Markets

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