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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  Traditional markets open across Europe as visitors get into spirit with mulled wine, sweets

  • Christmas markets are open across Europe with less than a month to go until December 25
  • In Germany alone it is estimated that there are as many as 5,000 markets
  • Markets are a popular destination for tourists looking to sip mulled wine and eat traditional fare

For those who are looking to get into the festive spirit, there may be no better place than Europe’s Christmas markets.

From huge cities to tiny villages, markets across the continent are spreading Christmas cheer with less than a month to go until December 25.

In Germany alone it is estimated that there are as many as 5,000 markets, which are now in full swing.

With traditions dating back to the late Middle Ages, Germany’s Christmas markets are a popular destination for tourists looking to sip mulled wine (gluehwein), snack on bratwurst, roasted nuts or sweets, or pick up a few handmade gifts or decorations from the wooden huts.

Berlin hosts more than 60 different markets, the one in Dresden is considered one of the best in all of Europe, Hamburg’s market has erotica-themed stalls, and Frankfurt has a ‘pink’ market favoured by LGBT visitors.

With ice skating, nativity plays and musical performances also on tap, the markets will be open until Christmas, although some don’t shut down until January.

A wheely good time: Berlin hosts more than 60 different Christmas markets of all sizes, including a large one at Alexanderplatz

A wheely good time:  Berlin hosts more than 60 different Christmas markets of all sizes, including a large one at Alexanderplatz

Stunning backdrop: People walk by the cathedral at the Christmas market in Cologne, Germany

Stunning backdrop:  People walk by the cathedral at the Christmas market in Cologne, Germany

Visitors stroll through the Christmas market at Alexanderplatz in Berlin

The traditional markets offer gluehwein, decorations, sweets and other delights

In the spirit:  Visitors stroll through the Christmas market at Alexanderplatz in Berlin

Festive season: Revellers walk around the Christmas market at the Rathausmarkt in Hamburg

Festive season:  Revellers walk around the Christmas market at the Rathausmarkt in Hamburg

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