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.