Cologne Christmas Market
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SCHINNEN, The Netherlands -- Every city, town or village in Germany has at least one Christmas Market (called Adventmarkt, Christkindlmarkt, Weihnachtsmarkt or Nikolausmarkt) some have even four or five. Many of them start in the weekend of Nov. 24 and close around Dec. 24. Here is a list of Christmas Markets and other events happening in Germany (events are listed by town in alphabetical order):

Aachen/Aken

Nov. 24-Dec. 23: Attractive Christmas Market around the beautiful historic Town Hall in the center. Open daily 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Nov. 26, 6 to 9 p.m.

Affing

Dec. 9-10 & 15-17: The Christmas Market held at the castle court in Affing is considerate the most beautiful in Bavaria. Open: Friday, 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 to 8 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 8 p.m.

Ahrweiler

Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 15-17 & 22-23: The Christmas Market in the old center of Ahrweiler is open on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturdays-Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Dec. 16 during the Mitternachtweihnachtmarkt the market is open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.!

Aichach

Dec. 1-23: The traditional Christmas Market on Oberer Stadtplatz in the center is open Mondays-Thursdays, 5 to 8 p.m.; Fridays, 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays-Sundays, 2 to 9 p.m.

Alsdorf

Dec. 1-10: Nostalgic Christmas Market on An der Burg in the center of Alsdorf. Open: 4 to 9 p.m. and Dec. 6, 4 to 8 p.m.

Altena

Dec. 8-10: Artisan Christmas Market in the center and at Castle Holtzbrinck in Altena. Open: Dec. 8, 4 p.m. to midnight; Dec. 9, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Dec. 10, noon to 7 p.m.

Altötting

Nov. 24-26 & Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 15-17: Castle Tüssling near the town of Altötting opens its gates and invites everyone to the romantic and enchanting Christmas Market. Entry: €5; children (6-15) €1. Open: Fridays, 3 to 8 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 8 p.m.

Nov. 25-Dec. 17: Attractive Christmas Market at Kapellplatz in the center of town. Open: Mondays-Thursdays, 2 to 8 p.m. and Fridays-Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Alzey

Nov. 27-Dec. 30: Traditional Christmas Market in the picturesque center on Rossmarkt. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed on Dec. 25-26.

Annaberg-Buchholz

Dec. 1-23: Christmas Market in the center of Annaberg-Buchholz (Erzgebirge). Open: Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays-Sundays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Anröchte-Altengeseke

Dec. 1-3: Indoor Christmas Market at Schützenhalle Altengeseke in Anröchte is open on Friday from 3 to 9 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Arnsberg

Dec. 1-10: Christmas Market in the historic center of Arnsberg. Open: weekdays, 3 to 8 p.m. and weekends, noon to 8 p.m.

Aschaffenburg

Nov. 30-Dec. 22: Christmas Market on Schlossplatz is open daily 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Augsburg

Nov. 27-Dec. 24: Augsburg's historic Christmas Market has about 150 stands all located around a humongous Christmas tree in the center of town. Open: Sundays-Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Dec. 23, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Dec. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dec. 1-3; 7-10 & 14-23: The Christmas Market at Zeugplatz is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Bad Arolsen

Nov. 30-Dec. 3: Attractive Christmas Market in the beautiful Baroque center on Kirchplatz. Open: Nov. 30, 5 to 9:30 p.m.; Dec. 1-2, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Bad Berleburg

Dec. 16-17: Romantic, medieval Christmas Market with lots of actors, entertainment, delicacies and more at the Castle in Bad Berleburg in the historic old town. Entry: €3. Open: Dec. 16, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Dec. 17, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Bad Dürrheim

Dec. 2-3: Christmas Market in the center is open on Dec. 2, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Bad Godesberg

Nov. 27-Dec. 23: Christmas Market with numerous gifts and delicatessen in the center. Open: 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 7 p.m.

Dec. 1-12: Indoor Christmas Market at Kastaniengarten in Rheinhotel Dreesen is open every day from noon to 9 p.m. Entry: €2.50.

Bad Hersfeld

Nov. 23-Dec. 23: Christmas Market at historic Linggplatz surrounded by beautiful illuminated half-timbered houses. Open daily 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Bad Homburg v.d. Höhe

Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17 & 22-23: Romantic Christmas Market at Landgrafenschloss (castle). Open: noon to 9 p.m.

Bad Kissingen

Dec. 1-26: Christmas Market in the beautiful illuminated center of Bad Kissingen. Open: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Dec. 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Dec. 25-26, 1 to 8 p.m.

Bad Laasphe

Dec 2-3: Attractive Christmas Market at Haus des Gastes and at Wilhelmsplatz in the center of town. Open: Saturday, 2 to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Bad Münstereifel

Dec. 1-23: An attractive Christmas Market is held in the middle of the timber-framed houses in the center of Bad Münstereifel. Open: Mondays-Thursdays, 1 to 7 p.m.; Fridays-Sondays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Bad Oeynhausen

Nov. 27-Dec. 30: The traditional Christmas Market in the center of Bad Oeynhausen is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Dec. 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and closed on Dec. 25.

Bad Pyrmont

Nov. 30-Dec. 23: Christmas Market in the center on Brunnenplatz. Open: Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Bad Reichenhall

Nov. 24-26 & Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24: The Christmas Market in inner court of Castle Gruttenstein near Bad Reichenhall. Open: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Dec. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nov. 26-Dec. 24: Traditional Christmas Market on am Rathausplatz in the center. Open daily from noon to 8 p.m. and Dec. 24, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dec. 9-10: Christmas Market at Royal Kurhaus on Kurstrasse. Open: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bad Salzuflen

Nov. 29-Dec. 30: Small but attractive Christmas Market in the old center of Bad Salzufler. Open: daily, noon to 9 p.m.; Dec. 26, noon to 9 p.m. and closed on Dec. 24-25.

Bad Sassendorf

Nov. 16-19, Nov. 23-25, Nov. 30-Dec. 3 & Dec. 7-10, 14-17: Festive decorated Christmas Market in the center of town. Open: 2 to 7 p.m.

Bad Tölz

Nov. 24-Dec. 23: Traditional Christmas Market in the center. Open: daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Bad Wimpfen

Dec. 1-3, 8-10 & 15-17: A traditional Old German Christmas Market is held in the romantic surroundings of the historic center. Open: Fridays, 2 to 9:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Baden-Baden

Nov. 27-Dec. 30: Christmas Market in the center of Baden-Baden. Surrounded by the hills of the Black Forest, the picturesque backdrop of the Kurhaus and the Colonnades makes a visit to this traditional Christmas Market like strolling through a scene from a winter fairytale. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Dec. 24, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bamberg

Nov. 30-Dec. 23: Christmas Market at Maxplatz in historic center is open Mondays-Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Dec. 1-3: Attractive Christmas Market around the medieval Elisabeth Church on Elisabethenplatz. Open: Friday, 4 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Bayreuth

Nov. 24-Dec. 23: Christmas Market in one of the most beautiful cities of the Franken country. Open: Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Bedburg-Hau

Dec. 13-17: Christmas Art Market at the Park of the gorgeous Castle Moyland in Bedburg-Hau. Open: Wednesday-Friday, 1 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Entry: €5; children 15 and younger -- free entrance.

Bensheim

Nov. 30-Dec. 21: Christmas Market in the center of Bensheim. Open: Mondays-Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays, 1 to 9 p.m.

Berchtesgaden

Nov. 30-Dec. 31: Christmas Market at the historic Schlossplatz in the shadow of the majestic Castle. Open daily noon to 8 p.m.; Dec. 24 & 31, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Dec. 26-30, noon to 6 p.m.

Bergisch Gladbach

Nov. 24-Dec. 23: Christmas Market at Konrad-Adenauer-Platz in the center of town. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Christmas Market is held in the Refrath Quarter of the town on Peter-Bürling-Platz. Open: Mondays-Thursdays, 2 to 8 p.m.; Fridays-Sundays, noon to 9 p.m.; Dec. 24, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dec. 2-3: Small but attractive Christmas Market at the inner-court of Schloss Eulenbroich on zum Eulenbroicher Auel 19 in Rösrath. Open: Dec. 2, noon to 8 p.m. and Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entry: €3; children 13 and under -- free.

Dec. 15-17: Christmas Market at the beautiful Baroque Castle Bensberg which is the perfect setting to get in the Christmas spirit. Open: Dec. 15, 4 to 9 p.m.; Dec. 16, 1 to 9 p.m. and Dec. 17, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Entry: €8; children 11 and younger -- free entrance.

Berlin

Christmas in the center of Berlin. The capital of Germany has many Christmas Markets and events in this period. Following are just a few.

Nov. 27--Dec. 23: A Lucia Christmas Market is held in the court of the Kultur Brewery on Schönhauser Allee. Open: Mondays-Fridays, 3 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays-Sundays, 1 to 10 p.m.

Christmas Market in the old Spandau city. Open: Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Nov. 27-Dec. 26: Christmas Market in front of Castle Charlottenburg at Spandauer Damm. Open: Mondays-Thursdays, 2 to 10 p.m. & Fridays-Sundays, noon to 10 p.m.; Dec. 25-26, noon to 8 p.m. Closed on Dec. 24.

Traditional Christmas Market on Potsdamer Platz and Alte Potsdamer Strasse. Open: Daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Dec. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Christmas Market at Schlossplatz 1 in the center. Open: Mondays-Thursdays, noon to 9:30 p.m.; Fridays, noon to 10:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Closed Dec. 24 but open on Dec. 25-26, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Nov. 27-Dec. 30: Christmas Market in the center of Berlin (Berlin-Mitte) on Rathausstrasse, Spandauerstrasse and Liebknecht Strasse. Open: Mondays-Fridays, noon to 10 p.m.; Saturdays-Sundays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Dec. 25-26, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Dec. 30, noon to 9 p.m. Closed on Dec. 24.

Nov. 27-Dec. 31: Berlin's most beautiful Christmas Market can be found at Gendarmenmarkt. Open: daily 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Dec. 24 & 31, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entry: €1.

Christmas Market on Breidscheidplatz/Kaiser-Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche. Open: Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. & Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Dec. 24, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dec. 25-26, 1 to 9 p.m.; Dec. 31, 11 to 1 a.m.

Dec. 2-3: A Danish Christmas Market is held at Brienner Strasse 12 in Berlin Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf. Open: Dec. 2, noon to 7 p.m. and Dec. 3, noon to 6 p.m.

A Swedish Christmas Bazaar can be found at Landhausstrasse 26 in Berlin-Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf. Open: Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Dec. 3, noon to 6 p.m. Entry: €1

Dec. 15-17: Old Köpenick Christmas Market at Schlossplatz and Schlossinsel. Open: Friday, 2 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.

Dec. 15-17 & 22-24: Nordic Fairy-Tale Christmas Market at Castle Britz on Al-Britz 73. Open: Fridays, 2 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays-Sundays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Entry: €3.

Bernkastel-Kues

Nov. 24-Dec. 23: The Christmas Market in the center of Bernkastel-Kues is an absolute must to visit. The small streets in the town with its medieval timber-framed houses are a perfect background for this Christmas Market. Open: Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed: Nov. 26.

Biberach

Dec. 2-17: Christmas Market at one of the most beautiful medieval market squares in the South of Germany. Open daily 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Bielefeld

Nov. 23-Dec. 30: A large and attractive Christmas Market is held in the center of Bielefeld. Open: Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Closed: Dec. 24-26.

Bingen am Rhein

Dec. 15-17: Small but attractive Medieval Christmas Market in the center of Bingen. Open: Dec. 15, 4 to 9 p.m.; Dec. 16, noon to 9 p.m. and Dec. 17, noon to 8 p.m.

Bisingen

Dec. 1-3 & 8-10: Royal Christmas Market at Burg (Castle) Hohenzollern near Bisingen. Open on Fridays, 2 to 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Entry: €10; children 16 and younger -- free entrance.

Bitburg

Dec. 6-17: The Christmas Market "auf dem Spittel" in the center of Bitburg is open daily from noon to 7 p.m.

Blaubeuren

Dec. 2-3: A Winter Fairy Tale Market held around the well at the Abbey in Blaubeuren. Open: Dec. 2, 3 to 8 p.m. and Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Bocholt

Nov. 28-Dec. 3: Nostalgic Christmas Market at Textilmuseum in Bocholt. No entrance fee. Open: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dec. 1-23: The Christmas Market at Market Square in front of the historic Town Hall is open on weekdays from noon to 6 p.m. and in weekends from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Bochum

Nov. 23-Dec. 23: Christmas Market on the historic market square at the foot of the St. Paul Church in the center of Bochum and is open daily from noon to 9 p.m. and closed on Nov. 26.

Bonn

Nov. 18-Dec. 23: The Christmas Market in Bonn, Beethoven's birthplace, presents itself in impressively illuminated storefronts and the festive scenery of the Münsterplatz, the Bottlerplatz, the Friedensplatz and connecting streets. The vendors offer traditional Christmas goods such as candles, arts and crafts and more. Open: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed: Nov. 26!

Borken-Marbeck

Dec. 2-3, 9-10 & 14-17: Large Farm Christmas Market at Schulze Beikel Farm with about 120 stands; a petting zoo and lots more. Open: Dec. 2-3, 9-10 & 17, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Dec. 14-15, 1 to 9 p.m.; Dec. 16, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Entry: €6; children 13 and younger -- free entrance.

Braunschweig

Nov. 29-Dec. 29: Christmas Market in the center of Braunschweig at Burgplatz. With the beautiful cathedral as background and the medieval market square as location, this Christmas Market is very special. Open: Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Dec. 29, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Dec. 24-25.

Breitnau

Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 15-17 & 22-23: Christmas Market under the bridge of Breitnau in the Black Forest. Open: Fridays, 3 to 9 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 to 9 p.m.; Sundays, 1 to 7 p.m. Entry: €4; children 15 and younger have free entrance.

Bremen

Nov. 27-Dec. 23: The Christmas Market around the historic Town Hall in the center of Bremen is very festive and romantic and has more than 160 stands. Open: Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

During the Maritime Christmas Market which is held on Weserpromenade "Schlachte", the ships at the quay are festive illuminated and form a unique setting for the market. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Bremerhaven

Nov. 20-Dec. 22: Maritime Christmas Market in the center on Theodor-Heuss-Platz. Open: Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Brüggen

Dec. 16-17: Christmas Market in the center. Saint Nicolas will visit on Sunday afternoon. Open: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Brühl

Nov. 23-Dec. 23: Christmas Market in the center. Open daily 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Burgsteinfurt

Dec. 8-10: Nikolaus Market at the historic Market Square in the center of the town. This traditional market is one of the oldest in Münsterland (Land of Münster). Open: Dec. 8, 9 a.m to 9 p.m.; Dec. 9, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Dec. 4, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Calw

Nov. 30-Dec. 3: Christmas Market at the attractive, historic Market Square surrounded by half-timbered houses. Open: Nov. 30, 3 to 9 p.m.; Dec. 1-2, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Celle

Nov. 30-Dec. 27: Attractive Christmas Market in the historic center of Celle. Open: Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Dec. 25-26, 1 to 8 p.m. Closed on Dec. 24.

Dec. 8-10: Attractive Christmas Market in the stables of Landgestüt Celle on Spörckenstrasse 10. Open: Friday, 4 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entry: Friday €3; Saturday-Sunday €5.

Chemnitz

Dec. 1-23: The 170 festive decorated stands at the Christmas Market in the center of Chemnitz offer original Erz Mountain folkloric art, decorations, Christmas articles and more. Open: daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Dec. 1, 4 to 9 p.m. and Dec. 23, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Chiemsee

Dec. 1-3 & 8-10: Beautiful and unique Christmas Market at Fraueninsel (Lady's Island) in the middle of the Chiemsee. Open: Fridays, 2 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays-Sundays, noon to 7 p.m.

Cochem an der Mosel

Nov. 24-Dec. 17: Christmas Market with attractive stands along the River Mosel in Cochem. The majestic Reichsburg overlooking the market makes it all a perfect Christmas picture. Open: daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and closed Nov. 26.

Cologne/ Köln

A Christmas Market in the Harbor is held Nov. 24-Dec. 23 around the Imhoff-Stollwerck-Chocolate Museum and Rheinauhafen. Open Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; closed Nov. 26.

Nov. 27-Dec. 23: Cologne has several Christmas Markets! In the center the Market at Neumarkt is open Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; at Alter Markt daily 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and around the Cathedral daily 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Although the market at Neumarkt is the oldest and most nostalgic, the market around the Cathedral is considered the most beautiful mainly because the imposing cathedral is such a great background.

A Christmas Village is located at Rudolfplatz and is open daily 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Cottbus

Nov. 27-Dec. 23: One of the most beautiful Christmas Market is in the center of Cottbus. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Darmstadt

Nov. 20-Dec. 23: Christmas Market at around the castle in the center. Open: Mondays-Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Dernau

Dec. 1-3 & 8-10: Attractive Christmas Market in the beautiful surroundings of the Abbey garden and Church ruins at the Kloster (Abbey) Marienthal Vineyard on Klosterstrasse 3.

Dessau-Rosslau

Nov. 23-Dec. 23: Christmas Market with all kind of fairy tale characters and a snowman magic forest on Zerbster Strasse and Marktplatz in the center. Open: Nov. 23, 4 to 8 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed on November 26.

Dinkelsbühl

Nov. 30-Dec. 22 & Dec. 26-Jan. 1: Spitalhof in Dinkelsbühl. Open: Mondays-Fridays, 1 to 8 p.m.; Saturdays-Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Dec. 26-Jan. 1, 1 to 7 p.m.

Donzdorf

Dec. 9-10: Christmas Market in and around the castle (schloss) Donzdorf, Am Schloss in the town of Donzdorf. Open on Saturday, 3 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Dormagen

Dec. 16-17: Nostalgic and traditional Christmas Market at Kreismuseum Zons on Schlossstrasse 1 in Dormagen with many old crafts. Open: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entry: €4; child €1.50.

Dortmund

Nov. 23-25, Nov. 30-Dec. 3, Dec. 7-10, 18-23 & Dec. 26-Jan. 1: Europe's largest Medieval Christmas Market can be found at Fredenbaumpark. Open: Thursdays, 3 to 11 p.m.; Fridays, 3 p.m. to midnight; Saturdays, 1 p.m. to midnight and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Nov. 23-Dec. 30: The Christmas Market in the center of Dortmund is one of Germany's largest and most beautiful Christmas Markets with more than 300 stands and a 45 meter high Christmas tree decorated with 13,000 lights. Open: Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sundays & Dec. 26, noon to 9 p.m.; Dec. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed on Sunday, Nov. 26 & Dec. 25.

Nov. 30-Dec. 3: Christmas Market at the inner court and park of castle Bodelschwingh in Dortmund is open on Thursday, 3 to 8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Entry: €10; children 14 and younger have free entrance.

Dresden

Dresden has several Christmas Markets. Following are just a few.

Nov. 29-Dec. 23: The Christmas Market at Neumarkt an der Frauenkirchen is held on one of Europe's most beautiful squares. Open: Daily 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Dec. 23, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Nov. 29-Dec. 24: Germany's oldest Christmas Market (since 1434) in the historic center of Dresden is called "Dresdner Striezelmarkt". Open: Daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Dec. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Christmas Market in the area of "Frauenkirche". Open: daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays & Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Dec. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Romantic Christmas Market at the Dresden Castle is open on Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Dec. 24, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nov. 29-Jan. 6: A Medieval Christmas Market is held at the traditional Stallhof on Georg-Treu-Platz 1 and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., closed Dec. 24-26, Dec. 31 & Jan. 1. Entry: €3.

Nov. 30-Dec. 23: A traditional Christmas Market is held at Postplatz. Open: daily from noon to midnight.

Duisburg

Nov. 23-Dec. 30: Christmas Market at Königstrasse in the center of Duisburg. Open: Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Nov. 20, 6 to 9 p.m.; Dec. 26, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Dec. 30, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed: Dec. 24-25.

Dülmen

Dec. 1-23: Christmas Market at Market place in the center. Open: Mondays-Fridays, 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays-Sundays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Düren

Nov. 23-Dec. 30: The Christmas Market in the center of Düren is beautifully illuminated and is open Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Market is closed on Nov. 26!

Düsseldorf

Nov. 23-Dec. 30: A romantic Nikolaus Market can be found on Market Square in the old historic center of Düsseldorf. Christmas Markets are also held at Stadtbrückchen (trendy), Schadowplatz (nostalgic); Heinrich-Heine-Platz; Flinger Strasse; Schadowstrasse and Königsallee in the center of Düsseldorf. Open Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed Nov. 26 and Dec. 24-25.

Nov. 24-25 & Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 15-17: Christmas Market in front of Castle Benrath on Benrather Schlossallee 100-106 in Düsseldorf is open on Fridays, 2 to 9 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Eging a. See

Nov. 17-19, 24-26 & Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 15-17: The German-American Christmas Market at Pullman City on Ruberting 30 in Eging a. See is open on Fridays from 4 to 9 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Eisenach

Nov. 27-Jan. 7: Christmas Market on Market Square in the historic center of Eisenach. Open: Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Dec. 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Dec. 25-26, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Dec. 31, 10 to 1 a.m. and Jan. 1, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dec. 2-3, 9-10 & 16-17: Christmas Market at the majestic and world-famous Wartburg (Castle) towering over the town of Eisenach. Open: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Entry: €6.

Emden

Nov. 27-Dec. 31: The Christmas Market on Ratsdelft (harbor), am Alten Binnenhafen and Stadgarten in center of Emden is named "Engelkemarkt" (Angel Market). Open daily 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed: Dec. 24-26.

Erbach

Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 15-17 & 21-23: Christmas Market around the Castle and in the old, historic center of town. Open: Fridays, 3 to 8 p.m.; Saturdays-Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Erfurt

Nov. 28-Dec. 22: Christmas Market at the medieval market square in front of the majestic cathedral in Erfurt. Open: Sundays-Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Fridays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Erlangen

Nov. 27-Dec. 24: Historic Christmas Market at Neustädter Kirchplatz is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sundays from noon to 9 p.m.; Dec. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Essen

Nov. 23-Dec. 23: International Christmas Market in the center of Essen with about 260 stands and a beautiful 18 meter high Christmas tree. Open: Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. On Nov. 26 the Market is open from 6 to 10 p.m.

Esslingen

Nov. 28-Dec. 22: Medieval and traditional Christmas Market held at several places in the center of town. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Ettlingen

Nov. 30-Dec. 28: The "Sternles" (little stars) Market at Market Square in front of the old Town Hall is open daily 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Dec. 24, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; closed on Dec. 25.

Euskirchen

Nov. 24-Dec. 23: The Christmas Market on Gardebrunnenplatz and Klosterplatz in the center is open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Felsberg

Dec. 2-3: Christmas Market in the beautiful and romantic surroundings at Market square and on Ritterstrasse at the foot of the Castle in Felsberg. Open on Dec. 2, 2 to 9 p.m. and Dec. 3, noon to 6 p.m.

Flensburg

Nov. 27-Dec. 31: Christmas Market in the center. Open: Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Dec. 24 & 31, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and closed on Dec. 25-26.

Frankfurt am Main

Nov. 27-Dec. 22: Christmas Market at the historic and picturesque Römerberg, Paulsplatz and Mainkai in the center of Frankfurt am Main. Open: Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Freiburg im Breisgau

Nov. 27-Dec. 23: Large Christmas Market at Rathausplatz, Kartoffelmarkt, Unterlindenplatz and on Franziskanergasse. Open: Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Freudenberg

Dec. 1-3: Attractive Christmas Market in the old historic center of Freudenberg. Open: Dec. 1, 6 to 9 p.m.; Dec. 2, 3 to 9 p.m. and Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Freudenstadt

Dec. 8-17: The Christmas Market at the largest market square in Germany is open Monday-Thursday, noon to 8 p.m.; Friday, noon to 9 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Friedrichshafen

Dec. 1-22: Christmas Market at the "Bodensee" (Lake) on Buchhornplatz with lots of ideas for gifts and delicacies. Open: Mondays-Thursdays, noon to 8 p.m.; Fridays-Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Fulda

Nov. 24-Dec. 23: Cozy Christmas Market in the center. Open daily 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Nov. 26.

Fürstenberg

Dec. 2-3 & 9-10: Special Christmas Market & Christmas Open House held at the famous China Factory in Castle Fürstenberg on Meinbrexener Strasse 2. Open: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Gangelt

Dec. 3: Nostalgic Nikolausmarkt on Burgstrasse in the center of Gangelt. Open: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Nov. 25-Dec. 23: Christmas Market on Richard-Strauss-Platz with stands and all kind of winter entertainment daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Dec. 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Geilenkirchen

Dec. 1-3: Nikolaus Market at Market Square in the center of Geilenkirchen. Open: Dec. 1, 5 to 11 p.m.; Dec. 2, noon to 11 p.m. and Dec. 3, 6 to 11 p.m.

Gelnhausen

Dec. 14-17: The Christmas Market is held at Obermarkt in the center. Open: Thursday, 4 to 9 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Gera

Nov. 30-Dec. 23: Fairy Tale Christmas Market at Bachgasse, Johannisgasse up to the Market Square in the center. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. except Fridays-Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Giessen

Nov. 24-Dec. 22: Christmas Market in the center. Open: Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sundays, 12:30 to 9 p.m.

Gladbeck

Nov. 30-Dec. 3: Enchanted Christmas Market in the gorgeous surroundings of Castle Wittringen, Burgstrasse 64 in Gladbeck. No entry fees. Open: Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 3 to 8 p.m.; Dec. 2, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Goslar

Nov. 29-Dec. 30: Attractive Christmas Market in the, by medieval buildings surrounded, center of Goslar. Open: Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Dec. 24, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dec. 25-26, noon to 7 p.m.

Gotha

Nov. 27-Dec. 30: Christmas Market at Neumarkt and Hauptmarkt in the center of Gotha. Open: Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Dec. 16: Small attractive Christmas Market at Orangerie behind Lorbeerhaus on Friedrichstrasse. Open: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Göttingen

Nov. 27-Dec. 29: Christmas Market at the Market Square around the Old Town Hall in the center of Göttingen. Open: Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Dec. 29, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Dec. 24-26.

Grefrath

Dec. 1-3 & 8-10: Romantic Christmas Market at Freilichtmuseum Dorenburg on Stadionstrasse 145 in Grefrath near Kempen. Open: Fridays-Saturdays, 1 to 9 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Entry: €7; children 15 and under -- free entrance.

Guteneck

Nov. 25-26 & Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 15-17: A romantic medieval Christmas Market is held at Schloss (castle) Guteneck in Guteneck. Count Burkhard Beissel van Gymnich and his family are opening the gates of their castle on these weekends and invite you to a journey into the romantic world of Christmas. The courtyard is filled with traveling entertainers as well as merchants and artists. Knights and farmers will roam around the courtyard or just stand around the big fires. Countless demonstrations of medieval craftsmanship as well as jugglers, musicians and magicians provide outstanding entertainment. The castle itself will be open also. Open: Fridays, 4 to 9 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 to 9 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Entry: Fridays, €4; Saturdays, €5; Sundays, €6; children 11 and younger -- free entrance.

Hagen

Nov. 23-Dec. 23: Christmas Market at Friedrich-Ebert-Platz, Theaterplatz, Adolf-Nassau-Platz, Volkspark and Hohenzollernstrasse in the center. Open: Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 8:30 p.m. Closed November 26.

Dec. 1-3: Christmas Market at Freilichtmuseum in Hagen with lots of activities. Open: Friday, 2 to 9 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Entry: €5.

Dec. 1-3, 8-10 & 15-17: Nostalgic Christmas Market held in the scenic surroundings of medieval castle Hohenlimburg in Hagen. Open: Fridays, 4 to 9 p.m.; Saturdays, noon to 9 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 7 p.m. Entry: €6; children (7-16) €3; children 4 and younger -- free entrance.

Dec. 16-17: Romantic Christmas Market at the court of Castle Werdringen near Hagen. Open Dec. 16, 2 to 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 17, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. No entry fees.

Halle an der Saale

Nov. 28-Dec. 23: Traditional Christmas Market at Marktplatz, Hallmarkt and Leipzigerstrasse in the center of town. Open: Fridays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Haltern am See

Dec. 1-3, 8-10 & 15-17: Nikolaus Market at Market Square in the center. Open: Fridays, 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays-Sundays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Hamburg

A large city as Hamburg has of course many Christmas Markets. Following are just a few.

Nov. 23-Dec. 29: A small but very attractive Christmas Market is located on the picturesque Rathausplatz in Hamburg- Harburg. Open: Daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sundays, 1 to 8 p.m.; Dec. 26, 1 to 8 p.m. Closed Dec. 24-25.

Nov. 27-Dec. 23: Historic Christmas Market at square in front of Town Hall. Open daily 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

A pleasant Christmas Market can be found on Fleetinsel in the center. Open: daily noon to 9 p.m.

Christmas Market on Ottenser Hauptstrasse in Hamburg-Ottensen. Open: Mondays-Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 8 p.m.

Nov. 27-Dec. 30: The oldest Christmas Market in Hamburg is located on Bergedorfer Schlossstrasse and in the castle park in Hamburg-Bergedorf. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Dec. 24, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; closed Dec. 25-26.

The Hanseatic Christmas Market at Gänsemarkt is opened on Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Christmas Market at Jungfernstieg is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; closed on Dec. 24 and 25.

Hameln

Nov. 27-Dec. 23: Christmas Market in the old city of Hameln. The city's several timber houses and elegant historic buildings are the perfect background for this event. The market is known as one of northern Germany's most beautiful. Open: Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Hamm

Nov. 27-Dec. 23: Christmas Market at Market Square in front of the Paul's Church; Weststrasse and Bahnhofstrasse in the center. Open: Sundays-Thursdays, noon to 8 p.m. and Fridays-Saturdays, noon to 9 p.m.

Dec. 1-3: From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. attractive Christmas Market with 70 stands at Maximilianpark. Entry: €2.50; children €1.50.

Hanau

Nov. 27-Dec. 22: It is obvious that in the hometown of the Brothers Grimm the Christmas Market on Marktplatz in the center is like a fairytale. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Indoor Christmas Market at the Town Hall on Rathausplatz. Open: Mondays-Fridays, 1 to 8 p.m.; Saturdays-Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Dec. 1-3: Christmas Market at Steinheimer Schlosshof (Castle court) on Schlossstrass. Open: Friday, 6 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 3 to 10 p.m. and Sunday, 2 to 8 p.m.

Dec. 2-3: Christmas Market around Reinhardskirche (church) and in Castellstrasse in Hanau-Kesselstadt. Open: Saturday, 3 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Hannover

Nov. 29-Dec. 22: Christmas Market in the old and historic center of Hannover around Marktkirche and on Lister Meile. Open daily 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Nov. 29-Dec. 29: Christmas Market at Hauptbahnhof (Train Station) is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Decd. 24, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and closed on Dec. 25.

Hattingen

Nov. 27-Dec. 23: A nostalgic Christmas Market is held around the beautiful St-George Church in the center of the town. Open daily noon to 8 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, noon to 9 p.m.

Heidelberg

Nov. 27-Dec. 22: A Christmas Market is held at several locations (among them Karlsplatz, Kornmarkt, Marktplatz, Universitätsplatz, Anatomiegarten and Bismarckplatz) in Heidelberg. With the castle as background the whole scene must be beautiful! Open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 15-17 & 22-24: Christmas Market in the inner court of Abbey Neuburg, Stiftweg 4. Open: Fridays, 3 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays-Sundays 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Heilbronn

Nov. 28-Dec. 21: Christmas Market with lots of attractions and entertainment on Markplatz, Kiliansplatz and Sülmerstrasse in the center of Heilbronn. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Heinsberg

Nov. 23-Jan. 3: The Christmas Market held in the center of Heinsberg is daily open from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and closed on Dec. 25 & 31.

Hellenthal

Dec. 2-3: An attractive and romantic Christmas Market is held at Castle Reifferscheidt near Hellenthal in the Eifel. Hellenthal and its castle are a beautiful sight and a traditional picture for Christmas. Open: Dec. 2, 2 to 10 p.m. and Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Hennef

Dec. 1-3: Christmas Market in the center. Open: Friday, 4 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Hildesheim

Nov. 27-Dec. 28: Christmas Market on one of the most beautiful historic Market Squares in Germany. Open daily 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Dec. 26, 2 to 6 p.m. and closed Dec. 24-25.

Homburg (Saar)

Dec. 1-10: Nikolausmarkt at Marktplatz in the center. Open: Sundays-Fridays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Höxter

Nov. 30-Dec. 24: The Christmas Market at Market Square in the center is open on Sundays from 2 to 6 p.m.; Mondays-Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Dec. 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Idar-Oberstein

Dec. 2-3: A romantic Christmas Market is held at Castle Oberstein near Idar-Oberstein. Open: Saturday, 1 to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dec. 8-10: The Christmas Market in the center is open on Dec. 8, 3 to 9 p.m.; Dec. 9, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Dec. 10, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ingelheim am Rhein

Dec. 1-3, 8-10 & 15-17: Indoor Christmas Market at Bingerstrasse in the old Market hall. Open: Fridays, 2 to 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dec. 8-10, 15-17 & 21-23: Christmas Market on An der Burgkirche in the center. Open: Fridays, 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays, 3 to 10 p.m. and Sundays, 3 to 9 p.m.

Iserlohn

Nov. 27-Dec. 24: A fairy-tale Christmas Market is held at Alter Rathausplatz in the center of Iserlohn and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Dec. 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dec. 1-3 & 8-10: The Christmas Market at the historic Manufactory estate Maste-Barendorf near the town of Iserlohn is a colorful combination of art, ceramics, jewelry, china and old crafts. Open: noon to 8 p.m.

Dec. 8-10 & 15-17: Christmas Market in the Park in front of the historic walls of Haus Letmathe. Open: Fridays, 5 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 2 to 11 p.m. and Sunday, 2 to 9 p.m.

Jena

Nov. 27-Dec. 22: Christmas Market at Market Square in the historic center of town. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Jüchen

Dec. 2-3, 9-10 & 16-17: An attractive Christmas Market is held at Schloss (castle) Dyck near Jüchen and Mönchengladbach. Open: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Entry: €13; children (7-16) €1.50 (includes entry to castle and park).

Jülich

Nov. 23-Dec. 23: The Christmas Market at Schlossplatz is open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and in weekends from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 26, 6 to 8 p.m.

Kaiserslautern

Nov. 27-Dec. 30: Christmas Market in the center of Kaiserslautern (K-Town). Open: Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays, 1 to 10 p.m.; closed Dec. 24-26.

Karlsruhe

Nov. 28-Dec. 22: Medieval Christmas Market with lots of actors and acrobats held in front of the Karlsburg (castle) in Karlsruhe-Durlach. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Nov. 28-Dec. 23: Another Christmas Market is located at Friedrichsplatz in the center of town. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Kassel

Nov. 27-Dec. 30: Fairy Tale Christmas Market at Königsplatz and Friedrichsplatz in the center of Kassel. Open daily 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Dec. 24-26.

Kempen

Dec. 2-3, 9-10 & 16-17: Christmas Market held within the historic walls of the small town of Kempen. Open: Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Kiel

Nov. 27-Dec. 23: The charming Christmas Market at Holstenplatz and Asmus-Bremer-Platz in the center of Kiel is daily opened from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Both the smaller Christmas Market is on Bernhard-Minetti-Platz and the Nordic Christmas Market at Rathausplatz in the center are daily open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Kitzingen

Dec. 8-10: A Christmas Village is located at Platz der Partnerstädte in front of the church in the center of town. Open on Friday, 4 to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 12:30 to 8 p.m.

Kleve

Dec. 1-10: The Christmas Market at Forstgarten on Tiergartenstrasse in Kleve is open Mondays-Fridays, 3 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays-Sundays, noon to 9 p.m.

Dec. 13-17: Attractive Artisan Christmas Market at Museum Castle Moyland. Open: Dec. 13-15, 1 to 10 p.m.; Dec. 16, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Dec. 17, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Entry: €5.

Koblenz

Nov. 24-Dec. 22: Traditional Christmas Market in the old center of town. Open: Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Nov. 22.

Königstein

Dec. 2-3, 9-10 & 16-17: A historic romantic Christmas Market is held at the fortress Königstein. Open: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Entry: €8.

Konstanz

Nov. 30-Dec. 22: Christmas Market in the center and harbor of Konstanz at Bodensee. Open: Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Krefeld

Nov. 23-Dec. 23: A colorful Christmas Market is held at Dionysius Square and on Rheinstrasse in the center of Krefeld. Open: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Nov. 26, 6 to 8 p.m.

Kronburg

Nov. 17-19 & 24-26: Romantic Christmas Market at Castle Kronburg. Open: Friday, 3 to 8 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Entry: €3.50.

Kronenburg

Dec. 1-3: Christmas Market in the historic town center of Kronenburg. The center is the perfect setting with its old and historic frame houses. Open: Dec. 1, 4 to 10 p.m.; Dec. 2, 1 to 10 p.m.; Dec. 3, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entry: €2.

Laer

Dec. 9-10: Christmas Market in front of Town Hall in the center. Saint Nicolas will visit the market on Saturday. Open: Dec. 9, 2 to 9 p.m. and Dec. 10, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Landstuhl

Dec. 2-3: Christmas Market on Alter Markt, Poststrasse and Kaiserstrasse. Open: Dec. 2, 2 to 9 p.m. and Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Dec. 15-18: Christmas Market on Lothar-Sander-Platz is open on Dec. 15, 5:30 to 8 p.m.; Dec. 16-17, 2 to 8 p.m. and Dec. 18, 5 to 8 p.m.

Lauscha

Dec. 2-3 & 9-10: Christmas Market in the center of Lauscha, Thüringen. Lauscha is a glassblower village and home to the glass Christmas decorations and the market is called "Kugelmarkt". Open: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Leipzig

Nov. 28-Dec. 23: Christmas Market in the center of Leipzig. The tradition of the Christmas Market in Leipzig goes back to 1767. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Dec. 23, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Leonberg

Dec. 2-3: Nikolausmarkt in the center of picturesque Leonberg. Open: Dec. 2, 1 to 9 p.m. and Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Leverkusen

Nov. 23-Dec. 30: Christmas Market at Rathausvorplatz and Wiesdorfer Platz through the center. Open: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Nov. 26 and Dec. 24-26.

Dec. 16-17: Norwegian Christmas Market at Neuland-Park in Leverkusen. Open: Saturday, 2 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Entry: €3; children -- free entrance.

Limburg an der Lahn

Nov. 24-Dec. 29: Christmas Market at Neumarkt, Kornmarkt and Plötze in Limburg an der Lahn. Open: Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 8 p.m.; Dec. 24, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and closed Dec. 25-26.

Lindau (Bodensee)

Nov. 23-25, Nov. 30-Dec. 3 & Dec. 7-10, 14-17: The Harbor Christmas Market held along the promenade in Lindau is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Lippstadt

Dec. 1-23: Christmas Market & ice skating rink in the historic and romantic old center of Lippstadt with its beautiful half-timber houses. Open: Mondays-Wednesdays, 2 to 8 p.m.; Thursdays-Fridays, 2 to 9 p.m.; Saturdays, noon to 9 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 8 p.m.

Löwenberger Land

Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 15-17 & 22-23: Attractive Christmas Market at Castle Liebenberg and its estate. Open: Fridays, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays-Sundays, noon to 7 p.m. Entry: €2.50.

Lübeck

Several Christmas Markets are held in the beautiful old historic center of Lübeck.

Nov. 27-Dec. 23: The Medieval Christmas Market at Marienkirchhof is open Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Nov. 27-Dec. 30: The Christmas Fairy Tale Market around the Marienkirche (Church) and the Christmas Market in the center are open: Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Dec. 26, 1 to 8 p.m. and closed Dec. 24-25.

Christmas Market on Breite Strasse in Lübeck-Niederegger. Open: Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Nov. 27-Jan. 1: A Children & Family Christmas Market is Held at An der Obertrave in the beautiful historic center. Open: Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Dec. 24, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed Dec. 25.

Nov. 30-Dec. 20: An Art & Crafts Christmas Market is located at St. Petri Kirchhof. Entry: €2.50. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Dec. 1-11: The Christmas Art Fair at Heiligen-Geist-Hospital (Holy Ghost Hospital) is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Entry: €3; children €0.50.

Lüdenscheid

Dec. 16-17: Christmas Market at Castle Neuenhof near Lüdenscheid. Open: Dec. 16, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Dec. 17, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entry: €2.

Ludwigsburg

Nov. 23-Dec. 22: Baroque Christmas Market in the center of Ludwigsburg. The market square surrounded by arcades in the heart of the town is in the weeks before Christmas transformed into a winter paradise. The aromas; the handicrafts on show at the more than 160 festively illuminated stands and the supporting program accompanying the baroque decoration of basketwork figures make this market simply unforgettable. Open daily 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Ludwigshafen

Nov. 24-Dec. 23: Christmas Market on the beautiful illuminated Berliner Platz (square) in the center. Open daily 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Nov. 26.

Ludwigslust

Nov. 30-Dec. 3: Unique Christmas Market with actors in Baroque costumes held at Alexandrinenplatz in the center. Open: Nov. 30, 2 to 8 p.m.; Dec. 1-2, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Lüneburg

Nov. 27-Dec. 22: Christmas Market in front of the historic Town Hall in Lüneburg. Open: Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Dec. 2-3: The Historic Christmas Market on Auf den Michaeliskloster 2b takes you back to the 16th century. Open on Dec. 2, noon to 7 p.m. and Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lutherstadt Wittenberg

Nov. 27-Dec. 22: The Christmas Market at Market Square in the center of Martin Luther's city is open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Magdeburg

Nov. 27-Dec. 30: Christmas Market in the old historic center on Alter Markt. Open: Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Dec. 26-29, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Dec. 30, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Dec. 24-25.

Mainz

Nov. 30-Dec. 23: Christmas Fair around the Cathedral in the center of Mainz. The historic market square in Mainz is during this period a blaze of lights. The air is scented with a mixture of roasted almonds, gingerbread, hot chestnuts and mulled wine. Against the imposing background of the over thousand year old St. Martin Cathedral visitors will find an enchanted market where the stress and hectic of everyday life can be forgotten. A must to see is the hand-carved nativity scene in front of the Romanesque St. Gotthard's chapel. The life-sized figures are very impressive. Also made of wood, but much larger, is the eleven meter high (36') high Christmas pyramid in the center of Höfchen square which apart from the typical figures as an angel and Santa Claus has also figurines representing Mainz' history, such as Gutenberg and the Roman Drusus. Open: Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Dec. 23, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Mannheim

Nov. 29-Dec. 23: The Christmas Market around Wasserturm and on Friedrichsplatz in the center of Mannheim is pure nostalgia. Open daily 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Marburg an der Lahn

Dec. 1-23: Christmas Market in the center of town around Elisabethkirche. Open daily 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 8 p.m.

Maulbronn

Dec. 9-10: Christmas Market at the inner court of the Abbey Maulbronn on Klosterhof. Open: Dec. 9, noon to 9 p.m. and Dec. 10, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Mechernich

Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17: One of the most beautiful Christmas Markets is held at the gorgeous Burg Satzvey (castle) near Mechernich. Open: Saturdays, noon to 8 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 7 p.m. Entry: €8; children (4-12) €4 & (12-18) €6.50.

Meissen

Nov. 27-Dec. 24: Christmas Market at historic Market Square in the center of town. Open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Nov. 30-Dec. 3: Small Christmas Market in the beautiful decorated Schloss Proschwitz. Open: Thursday-Friday, noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entry: €5; children 14 and younger -- free.

Dec. 9-10: Christmas Market at the famous Meissen China factory. Open: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Merode

Nov. 23-25, Nov. 29-Dec. 3 & Dec. 6-10, 13-17, 20-23: The Prince and Princess von Merode will open the Castle Merode again this year for a romantic and traditional Christmas Market. The market is open on Wednesdays-Thursdays, 2 to 8 p.m.; Fridays, 2 to 9 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 to 10 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 8 p.m. Entry on Wednesdays-Fridays is €7 and on Saturdays-Sundays €8; children (6-16) €2. To get to Castle Merode follow the A4 (Köln/Aachen); exit Eschweiler-Ost and follow signs Weisweiler and Langerwehe. Then get on B264 direction Düren until sign Merode.

Meschede

Dec. 2-3: Traditional Christmas Market in the beautiful surroundings of the Abbey Köningsmünster in Meschede is open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Mettmann

Dec. 1-17: Christmas Market at Market Square around the St. Lambertus Church in the center of town. Open: Mondays-Thursdays, 4 to 9 p.m.; Fridays, 4 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays, noon to 10 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 9 p.m.

Michelstadt

Dec. 1-23: The Odenwald Christmas Market is located around the gorgeous historic half-timbered Town Hall. Open: Wednesdays-Thursdays, 2 to 8 p.m.; Fridays, 2 to 9 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays-Tuesdays, closed.

Minden

Nov. 28-Dec. 30: Attractive Christmas Market in the center of Minden. Open: Mondays-Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sundays, 1 to 8 p.m.; Dec. 24, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dec. 25, CLOSED; Dec. 26, 1 to 8 p.m.

Moers

Nov. 20-Dec. 22: Christmas Market at Kastellplatz in front of the Castle in Moers. Open: Sundays-Wednesdays, noon to 8 p.m.; Thursdays-Saturdays, noon to 10 p.m.

Mönchengladbach

Nov. 25-Dec. 30: Christmas Market on Alter Markt is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Nov. 22, 6 to 10 p.m.; Dec. 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed on Dec. 25-26.

Nov. 27-Dec. 31: The Christmas Market at Hindenburgstrasse in the center is daily open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. but closed on Dec. 25-26.

Dec. 9-10: Christmas Art & Crafts Market at Castle Rheydt Museum on Schlossstrasse 508. Open both days from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entry: €5.

Monheim am Rhein

Dec. 9-10: A Nicolaus Market is held from Baumberger Dorfplatz up to the parking area on von-Ketteler-Strasse and has lots of amusement and activities to offer. Open: Dec. 9, 3 to 8 p.m. and Dec. 10, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dec. 15-17: Christmas Market in the old center of town. Open: Dec. 15, 5 to 10 p.m.; Dec. 16, 3 to 10 p.m. and Dec. 17, 1 to 7 p.m.

Monschau

Nov. 24-26 & Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-23: Christmas Market at the romantic square in the picturesque center of Monschau. Open: Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Mülheim an der Ruhr

Nov. 27-Dec. 23: Christmas Market at Schlossstrasse in the center of Mühlheim. Open daily 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Dec. 1-3: A unique Christmas Market can be found on ships floating on the river at Schleuseninsel. Open: Dec. 1, 3 to 8 p.m.; Dec. 2, 1 to 8 p.m. and Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. No entrance fees.

Dec. 1-3, 8-10 & 15-17: Medieval Christmas Market illuminated by candles and lantern at inner court of Castle Broich in Mühlheim. Entry: €6; children 13 and younger €3. Open: Fridays, 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturdays, 1 to 9 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

München

This large city and capital of Bavaria has of course many Christmas Markets. Following are just a few:

Nov. 23-Dec. 22: Christmas Market at Kaiserhof Münchener Residenz on Odeonsplatz is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Dec. 22, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Nov. 25-26 & Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17: Christmas Market at Schererplatz open on Saturdays-Sundays 1 to 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 27-Dec. 23: Christmas Market at Sendlinger-Tor-Platz, open daily 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Nov. 27-Dec. 23: A Medieval Winter and Christmas Fair is held at Wittelsbacher Platz (square) and has lots of entertainment, open daily 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Nov. 27-Dec. 24: Münchner Christkindlmarkt (Christmas Market) is at several locations in the center of München. The largest and most famous is the Christmas Market on Marienplatz around the Town Hall. Open: Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Dec. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dec. 1-24: The Christmas Market at Forum Münchner Freiheit is open weekdays from noon to 8:30 p.m.; weekends, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Dec. 24, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Münster

Nov. 27-Dec. 23: Christmas Market in the center of Münster. In the festive illuminated surroundings of the historic inner city visitors will find several Christmas Markets with more than 250 stands. Open: Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Neubrandenburg

Nov. 27-Dec. 22: 'Weberglockenmarkt' (Christmas Market) in the weaver guilds home of Neubrandenburg. Neubrandenburg is an old city with most of its historic walls and gates still intact. The market has besides the many traditional stands also entertainment, rides, attractions and more. Open: Sundays-Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Neuburg an der Donau

Nov. 30-Dec. 23: Traditional Christmas Market on Schrannenplatz and Karlsplatz with lots of culinary specialities. Open: Mondays-Thursdays, noon to 7 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, noon to 8 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Neustadt an der Weinstrasse

Nov. 27-Dec. 22: Christmas Market in the attractive center of Neustadt an der Weinstrasse. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Dec. 1-3, 8-10 & 15-17: A special Christmas Market with all kind of culinary specialties from several European regions and named "Kunigundenmarkt" is held at Barbarossa-Hof, Michel'sche Hof and other farmhouses in the historic old center. Open: Fridays, 3 to 9 p.m.; Saturdays-Sundays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Neuwied

Nov. 23-Dec. 23: The Christmas Market on Luisenplatz in the center of Neuwied is named: "Knuspermarkt" and is open on Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Dec. 2-3: The Christmas Market held in the picturesque surroundings at Schlosshof on Schlossstrasse in Neuwied-Engers is open on Saturday, noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Nürnberg

Dec. 1-24: One of the best known and most famous Christmas Market is located around the Frauenkirche in the center of Nürnberg. Open: daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Oberhausen

Nov. 16-Dec. 23: Christmas Market in and around Europe's largest mall in Oberhausen. Open: Mondays-Fridays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Nov. 26, 6 to 9 p.m. and Dec. 23, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Nov. 21-Dec. 23: Christmas Forest. A unique event can be found at the Altmarkt in the center of Oberhausen. The square is changed into a magical fir forest with stands and other attractions such as culinary specialties and a children's train. Open daily from noon to 8 p.m.

Öhringen

Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 15-17: Christmas Market in the center and the castle court with besides the traditional stands also a steam train which stops at Fairy-like stations. Open on Fridays, 4 to 8 p.m.; Saturdays, noon to 9 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 8 p.m.

Oldenburg

Nov. 28-Dec. 22: The Christmas Market in the center of Oldenburg is called "Lambertimarkt" because it is located between the old city hall and the venerable St. Lamberti Church, one of the most beautiful in northern Germany. Arts and crafts, toys and Christmas decorations are just a few samples of what the stand holders have to offer. The brilliant lights complete the festive and romantic atmosphere. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Olpe

Dec. 7-10: Historic Christmas Market with old crafts and art at Market Square in the center. Open: Dec. 7, 2 to 10 p.m.; Dec. 8, 2 to 11 p.m.; Dec. 9, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Dec. 10, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Osnabrück

Nov. 27-Dec. 22: Historic Christmas Market in the center of Osnabrück. Open: Weekdays, noon to 9 p.m.; Weekends, noon to 10 p.m.

Paderborn

Nov. 27-Dec. 23: Christmas Market at Market Square and around the Cathedral of Paderborn. Open: Sundays-Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Dec. 8-10: Christmas Market in the beautiful Schlosspark (Castle Park) in Paderborn. Open: Dec. 8, 3 to 9 p.m.; Dec. 9, 1 to 9 p.m. and Dec. 10, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Passau

Nov. 29-Dec. 23: Attractive Christmas Market in front of the Stephans Cathedral on Domplatz in the center. Open: Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Pforzheim

Nov. 27-Dec. 22: The Christmas Market at Market Square and center is open Mondays-Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Pirmasens

Nov. 24-Dec. 23: The small but attractive Christmas Market (named here "Belznickelmarkt") is held on Schlossplatz and is open Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sundays, 1 to 7 p.m.

Potsdam

Nov. 20-Dec. 28: Traditional Christmas Market in the center of the beautiful city near Castle Sanssouci. Open: Sundays-Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Dec. 24, closed; Dec. 25-26, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Dec. 28, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Nov. 25-26 & Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 24-26: Romantic Christmas Market is held in the historic inner court of Krongut Bornstedt, Ribbeckstrasse 4/7. Open: Fridays, 2 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays-Sundays, noon to 8 p.m.; Dec. 24, noon to 2 p.m.; Dec. 25-26, noon to 8 p.m.

Dec. 1-3: Sternenmarkt (Stars Market) is a Polish Christmas Market at Kutschstallhof on Neuen Markt. Open: Dec. 1, 4 to 8 p.m.; Dec. 2, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Entry: €2.

Dec. 1-3, 8-10: A Bohemian Christmas Market can be found on Weberplatz in Babelsberg-Potsdam. Open: Fridays, 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dec. 9-10: Dutch Christmas Market in Mittelstrasse. Open: Dec. 9, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Dec. 10, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Quedlinburg

Nov. 29-Dec. 21: Christmas Market in the center on Quedlinburger Markt surrounded by romantic framed houses. Open: Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Ravensburg

Dec. 1-20: Attractive Christmas Market in the historic old center of town. Open daily 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Recklinghausen

Nov. 27-Dec. 31: Christmas Market in the center at Altstadtmarkt. Open: Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Dec. 26, noon to 8 p.m. Closed: Dec. 24-25.

Regensburg

Nov. 27-Dec. 23: Christmas Market in the beautiful old center of Regensburg at Neupfarrplatz. Open: Sundays-Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The traditional Christmas Market at Katharinenspital in Stadtamhof is open weekdays, 4 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Nov. 29-Dec. 23: Romantic Christmas Market at the court of Castle Thurn and Taxis. Open: Sundays-Wednesdays, noon to 10 p.m.; Thursdays-Saturdays, noon to 11 p.m. Entry on weekdays: €6.50 and in weekends €8.50; children €2.

Dec. 1-23: The Lucrezia Christmas Market is held by artists displaying their works of art at Haidplatz and Kohlenmarkt daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Remagen

Dec. 9-10: Nikolausmarkt in several areas of town. Open: Dec. 9, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Dec. 10, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Medieval Christmas Market around the Town Hall in the center is both days open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Remscheidt

Nov. 24-Dec. 24: Christmas Village with Ice Skating Rink and Christmas Market at Theodor-Heuss-Platz. Open: daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and closed Nov. 26.

Rheda-Wiedenbrück

Nov. 27-Dec. 23: Christmas Market at Market Square in the center. Open: Mondays-Fridays, 2:30 to 9 p.m.; Saturdays, noon to 10 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 9 p.m.

Dec. 6-10: A small Christmas Market is held at Rathausplatz around the Church in Rheda-Wiedenbrück. Open: Dec. 6-8, 4 to 9 p.m.; Dec. 9, 2 to 9 p.m. and Dec. 10, 1 to 9 p.m.

Rhede

Dec. 8-10: Special Christmas Market held in the shadow of the beautiful Neo-Gothic Church in the historic center of Rhede. Open: Friday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Riesa

Dec. 8-23: The Christmas Village in the inner court of the Abbey (Klosterinnenhof) at Rathausplatz in the center of town is open daily from 2 to 8 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 2 to 9 p.m.

Ronneburg

Dec. 2-3, 9-10 & 16-17: Historic Christmas Market held at the old medieval center and castle of Ronneburg. Open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Rösrath

Dec. 1-3: Romantic Christmas Market in and around Castle Eulenbroich in Rösrath. Open: Dec. 1, 5 to 8 p.m.; Dec. 2, 11 a.m to 10 p.m. and Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Entry: €3.

Rostock

Nov. 27-Dec. 22: Christmas Market in Rostock. Once a year, the twinkling glitter that leads up to Christmas, glows along the River Warnow and the Baltic Sea and transforms the historic city center into the largest and one of the most gorgeous Christmas Markets in Northern Germany. Open: Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Dec. 1-23: Christmas Market (Reiterlesmarkt) in the center of beautiful medieval and romantic Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Open: Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays-Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Interesting in Rothenburg is the German Christmas Museum which effectively bridges Christmas history from the 4th to the 20th century offering visitors a fascinating view of the historical development of Christmas celebrations. A visit to Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Village is an absolute must! It offers its international clientele an enormous selection of traditional German Christmas decorations in a unique and festive ambient.

Rüdesheim am Rhein

Nov. 23-Dec. 23: The Christmas Market of Nations is held in the historic and romantic old quarters of Rüdesheim. During this special Christmas Market 16 nations will present their Christmas customs and traditions in about 125 stands while Europe's largest nativity scene with lie-sizes figures can be found at the Market Square. The city of wine and dine has lots more to offer and is certainly worth a visit! Open: Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Saarbrücken

Nov. 27-Dec. 23: Christmas Market at St. Johanner Markt in the center. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Dec. 2-3: Attractive and romantic Christmas Market around the Castle. Open: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Saarburg

Dec. 8-10 & 15-17: Christmas Market on Buttermarkt am Wasserfall (waterfall). Open: Friday, 4 to 9 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Dec. 16-17: "Jingle Bells" is a Victorian Christmas Market held at Glockengiesserei on Staden 130. Open: Saturday, 2 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Salem

Dec. 2-3: Christmas Market in the beautiful surroundings of Castle Salem. Open: Dec. 2, 2 to 9 p.m. and Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Schleswig

Dec. 1-3: Christmas Market at City Museum on Friedrichstrasse. Open: Friday, 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dec. 9-17: Indoor Christmas Market im Schwahl in the historic old center. Open on weekdays, 2 to 6 p.m. and weekends, noon to 6 p.m. Entry: €1.50.

Schweinfurt

Nov. 30-Dec. 23: Christmas Market at Market Square in front of the historic Town Hall in the center of town. Open: Thursdays-Saturdays, 11.30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sundays-Wednesdays, 11.30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Schwerin

Nov. 27-Dec. 30: The Christmas Market in the old city center is known as "The Star in the North". Open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; closed Dec. 24-25.

Siegburg

Nov. 25-Dec. 22: Medieval Christmas Market at Market Square in the center of Siegburg. Open Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Siegen

Nov. 24-Dec. 23: Christmas Market at Unteres Schloss on Alte Poststrasse in Siegen. Open: Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed Nov. 26.

Simmerath-Rurberg

Dec. 2-3, 9-10 & 16-17: Traditional and old-fashion Christmas Market in the center. Open: Saturdays, 2 to 7 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Soest

Nov. 27-Dec. 22: Christmas Market in the old and majestic center of the historic town of Soest. Open daily 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Food stands are open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Solingen

Dec. 15-17 & 21-23: A romantic Christmas Market is held at Schloss Gruenewald in Solingen-Gräfrath. Entry: €7; children 15 and younger -- free entrance. Open: Fridays, 2 to 9 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Speyer

Nov. 27-Jan. 7: Christmas & New Year Market in front of der Alten Münze in the center of town. Open daily 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Dec. 24, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Dec. 31, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Jan. 1, 1 to 9 p.m. Closed Dec. 25-26.

Stolberg

Nov. 24-26 & Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-23: The Christmas Market at and around the Castle is open only on Fridays, 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturdays, noon to 9 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 6 p.m.

Nov. 24-Dec. 23: Christmas Market at Kaiserplatz in the center of Stolberg is open Sundays-Thursdays from noon to 8 p.m. and Fridays-Saturdays, noon to 9 p.m.

Stuttgart

Nov. 29-Dec. 23: Christmas Market in the center of Stuttgart. The festive illuminated town center looks like a medieval city with the old castle, towers, cathedral and new castle. Open: Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Tegernsee

Dec. 2-3, 9-10 & 16-17: Christmas Market in the former Abbey on Schlossplatz. Open all days from 2 to 7 p.m.

Trier

Nov. 27-Dec. 22: Enchanting Christmas Market at the medieval market square around the imposing cathedral in the center of Trier. Trier is Germany's oldest city, founded more than 2000 years ago and showing lots of Roman culture. Open: Mondays-Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Tübingen

Dec. 15-17: The majority of stand holders at the Christmas Market in the beautiful old city center of Tübingen sell homemade articles and goodies. Open: Dec. 15-16, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Dec. 17, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Ulm

Nov. 27-Dec. 22: Christmas Market in the center of town. Open daily 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Unna

Nov. 27-Dec. 22: Attractive Christmas Market in the center of Unna. Open: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Warendorf

Dec. 1-17: Christmas Market at the picturesque and historic Market Square in Warendorf. Open: Mondays-Thursdays, 2 to 8 p.m.; Fridays, 2 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Wassenberg

Dec. 16-17: Attractive Christmas Market held in the romantic and historic town center. Open: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Weimar

Nov. 28-Jan. 6: A nostalgic and romantic Christmas Market is held in the center of the famous poet Goethe's birthplace Weimar. Open: Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fridays-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Closed on Dec. 24-25 & Jan. 1.

Wiesbaden

Nov. 28-Dec. 23: Twinkling Star Market (Sternschnuppenmarkt) at Schlossplatz in Wiesbaden. The idyllic square with the historic city palace is the perfect location for this Christmas Market. Four entry gates, decorated with the golden lilies of the city's coat of arms lend access to this quaint fairytale scenery. Open: Mondays-Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 9 p.m.

Wilhelmshaven

Nov. 27-Dec. 23: Christmas Market at the Seashore on Valoisplatz in the center of this old harbor city. Open daily 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Wismar

Nov. 27-Dec. 21: Nostalgic and traditional Christmas Market on the historic Market Square in the center of the Hanseatic Town of Wismar. Open: Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Wolfsburg

Nov. 27-Dec. 29: Christmas Market at Mittlere Porschestrasse in the center of town is open: Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Dec. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; closed on Dec. 25 and Dec. 26, 1 to 7 p.m.

Dec. 9-10: Christmas Market at Castle Wolfsburg is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Entry: €1.50.

Worms

Nov. 27-Dec. 23: Christmas Market at Obermarkt in the old historic city of Worms. Open: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Wülfrath

Dec. 1-10: The traditional Christmas Market at the historic church square in Wülfrath is named Herzog-Wilhelm-Markt and was already mentioned in the year 1578. Open: Mondays-Thursdays, 4 to 9 p.m.; Fridays, 4 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 to 10 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 3, noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 10, 2 to 9 p.m.

Wuppertal

Nov. 27-Dec. 23: "Barmer Weihnachtsmarkt" at Johannes-Rau-Platz in the center of Wuppertal. Open: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Nov. 27-Dec. 29: The "Elbenfelder Lichtermarkt" at Neumarkt and other nearby squares is beautifully illuminated. Open: daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dec. 9-10 & 16-17: Christmas Market at Castle Lüntenbeck in Wuppertal. Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Entry: €5; children younger than 12 -- free entrance.

Würzburg

Dec. 1-23: Christmas Market is held on Oberer & Unterer Markt (lower & higher market square) in the center of Würzburg. A Christmas Art Market can be found at the inner court of the old Ratskeller on Domstrasse. Open: Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Xanten

Nov. 24-Dec. 22: Exclusive Christmas Market at Marktplatz in the center of Xanten. Open daily from noon to 8 p.m.; Saturdays, noon to 9 p.m. and Nov. 26, 6 to 8 p.m.

Dec. 9-10: Small but cozy Christmas Art Market in the Town Hall. Open: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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