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Munich Weihnachtsmarkt
Munich Weihnachtsmarkt

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Although Christmas in Germany is not all that very different from the holidays in the U.S., there are some differences that make Christmas here feel unique and interesting:

First of all, Germans begin to prepare for Christmas through the observance of Advent, the period of approximately 4 weeks before Christmas honored in the liturgical Lutheran and Catholic churches. This period is marked by such highlights as St. Nicholas Day and the festive Christmas markets.

Please see also our article "Christmas in Germany, an Experience you will never forget"

St. Nicholas Day (Nikolaustag) is celebrated on December 6, and on this special day, St. Nicholas and his gloomy companion Knecht Ruprecht award good children with small gifts and treats, and naughty ones with switches and coal.

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As for the Christmas markets, these immensely popular outdoor markets typically run from late November to Christmas Eve and provide memorable opportunities to shop, socialize, and enjoy the culinary delights of the season.

We recommend to look also at this Christmas Market Tour 2014 (there might still be some seats available)

Mulled wine and roasted chestnuts, anyone? Many Germans still decorate their Christmas trees first on Christmas Eve, so don’t expect to see trees everywhere all month long like you do back home.

Lastly, presents are usually exchanged on December 24, as the first day of the Christmas holidays which run through December 26. If you are a Christmas Eve shopper, keep in mind you can’t really do that in Germany, so wrap up early and then join the rest of the country for two days of festive celebrations



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Location: Marienplatz 1, 80331 München, Germany

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