The origins of celebrating Christmas with street markets throughout Advent can be traced back to the 14th century in German speaking parts of Europe, with the first mention of such a fair in Munich in 1310.
These markets offer wonderful local produce and crafts typical of the surrounding areas. With festive music, the aromas of roasting chestnuts, gingerbread, and other tempting treats that are so much a part of a traditional German Christmas. For you and your students, this is an ideal opportunity to find some wonderfully original Christmas presents, as well as experience an integral part of German culture to complement a language visit.
A large part of the joy of Christmas Markets is the atmosphere. There is great camaraderie, festive music and good cheer. It is often the seasonal meeting place after work and families will regularly wander through the markets for quality time together. You’ll also find that everyone mixes together at the traditional long drinking tables, which is a great opportunity for your students to interact with German people.
You can share in this enjoyment and learn about German culture by taking a short break between the end of November and Christmas.
Western and Northern Germany