CONTRIBUTED BY CASEY COTE
Note: This article was originally published in 2014, but has been updated for the 2015 season. Enjoy!
Christmas in Germany isn’t simply just Christmas in Germany…it’s one of the most magical times of year! As soon as the last leaf of November falls, the marktplatz of almost every town in Germany is transformed into a Christmas wonderland, complete with twinkling lights, larger than life Christmas trees, and lots of flowing glühwein (hot mulled wine…THE greatest thing since sliced bread, trust me)!
The German Christmas Markets are quite possibly my favorite thing about Germany. And from the photos, it’s not hard to see why! If the markets couldn’t get you in the Christmas spirit, absoluetly nothing will! Not only can you find one in almost every town across the country, but each market boasts a different Christmas theme and offers local food specialties and holiday handicrafts for purchase.
Each year, my husband and I have made it a mission to experience as many different Christmas Markets across Germany (and in other countries) as possible. What better way to start out the market season than in our own town?!
Wiesbaden’s “Sternschunuppenmarkt” (also known as the “Twinkling Star Christmas Market”) is one of my favorites. Not just because I can literally walk down the hill from our home right into the hustle and bustle of the market in under 5 minutes, but because of all the beautiful star light decorations littered all along the markt square. As if downtown Wiesbaden wasn’t already lovely enough, seeing the Markt Church lit up against a thousand twinkle lights makes for a truly magical experience!
Tips For Your Trip:
November 24 to December 23, 2015
Monday to Thursday 10.30 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Friday to Saturday 10.30 a.m. to 9.30 p.m.
Sunday noon to 9.00 p.m.
Schloßplatz 6, 65183 Wiesbaden, Germany
You can also ice skate in Weisbaden during the winter!
Location: Behind the Hessian State Theater (Christian-Zais-Straße 3)
Tickets: Adults (13 and up): €4.00
Children (up to age 12): €3.50′
Skate rental: €4.50
Hours: November, 2015 to January, 2016
daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Note: Casey originally posted this article on her site, but has graciously shared it with us here as well.