Striezelmarkt in Dresden
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Dresden likes its traditions and none more than the Striezelmarkt, a pre-Christmas market that has been held in the city since 1434. It began as a one-day market at the end of the Advent period of fasting, to sell meat for the Christmas feast, and quickly grew to include bakery like ‘streizel', the precursor of the famous Dresden ‘stollen', a fruitcake made with yeast and dusted with icing sugar that's an essential part of a German Christmas. Extended over the centuries, the Dresden Striezelmarkt now starts on the first weekend of Advent (usually the last weekend in November) until December 24, Christmas Eve, and has become a huge event.
The Dresden Striezelmarkt is held on the Altmarkt, Dresden's central city square, where the smell of roasted almonds, mulled wine and sizzling sausages drifts among 230 festively decorated stalls illuminated by a sea of lights. The 14m-high Christmas ‘pyramid', a rotating tiered wooden tower filled with Christmas figures, is a focal point of the market. Below it, many a stall sells miniature versions for the home in which figures arranged over several levels are set in motion by the heat rising from candles.
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