Leipzig Christmas Market
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[ source: Wikipedia]
A trip to Leipzig (Leipzig vacation rentals | Leipzig travel guide), known for its great trade fairs and book publishing history, is worth a trip any time of year, but at Christmas, this is especially true. Leipzig's Christmas market is an enchanting experience, rich in history and tradition. It is the second oldest Christmas market in Germany (after Dresden), and its history stretches back to 1458. Every year the Leipzig Christmas Market is set up in the historic Market Square in front of the Old Town Hall. This is a pedestrian zone in the center of the city, providing a safe and secure area for visitors. Over 250 stalls offer a vast array of holiday gifts and foods, ranging from Erzgebirge Christmas pyramids to steaming mugs of mulled wine. Other attractions at the Leipzig Christmas Market include a model railway, a fairy tale forest, and the world's largest free-standing Advent calendar (857 square meters). Daily trumpet fanfares from the tower of the Old Town Hall entertain shoppers.
Supplemental musical performances are given by the St. Thomas Cathedral choir, one of the oldest and most famous boys' choirs in Germany (established in 1212). Since Leipzig was the home of Johann Sebastian Bach for many years, it is also appropriate that his Christmas Oratorio provides additional musical enrichment to the Christmas market. The Oratorio is performed in various local churches, and a list of concert times is available closer to the opening of the Leipzig Christmas Market.
Are you now inspired to travel to Saxony during the month of December? The Leipzig Christmas market will run from November 27 to December 23, 2012. While already in Saxony, consider taking a short train trip from Leipzig to Dresden (Dresden vacation rentals | Dresden travel guide), the home of Germany's oldest Christmas market. Known to be the birthplace of Germany's famous Christmas stollen, a rich Christmas bread full of nuts and fruit, Dresden is particularly charming - and delicious - at Christmastime.
[ source: germany-christmas-market.org.uk ]
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This travel guide has been written by Rachel Hildebrandt.
Starting with her first trip to Germany at the age of 16, Rachel has traveled, worked, and studied in Germany extensively. Although her first encounter with German culture was in Lower Saxony, since that time the focus of her subsequent work as a freelance historian and translator has shifted eastward. Building on her graduate studies in Dresden, Rachel has worked for a variety of German foundations as a historian and translator, and is currently pursuing research pertaining to the Sorbs in Lusatia (eastern Saxony).
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