It’s Christmas EVERYDAY!

When you live in Germany between Thanksgiving and Christmas, it can truly feel like “It’s Christmas Everyday!” I live in Baden-Württemberg and we literally have a Christmas fest (sometimes more than one) in our county every single weekend during this season. It’s incredible. Whether it’s Tübingen ChocolateArT or Esslingen’s Medieval Christmas Market or Stuttgart Christmas Market including an ice rink, finding just “one” favorite may be difficult to do.

Christmas Market vs. Advent Market

hal pand shutterstock Stuttgart Christmas Market with castle in backdrop© hal pand / Shutterstock.com

An interesting fact I’ve learned about Christmas markets (Weihnachtsmarkts) in Deutschland is they are similar but a little different to Advent markets. A Christmas market has local and commercial artisans, traditional seasonal foods, Glühwein, beer and other warm hot toddy’s on a cold winter day.

Adventmarkts may include some food and wine vendors but will usually include a choir, a blessing or toast and music. These are usually held in smaller, quaint towns around the countryside in Stuttgart. Our little town will have one this year, and I’m sure not to miss out.

Upcoming Markets

AMzPhoto shutterstock Stuttgart Christmas Market© AMzPhoto/ Shutterstock.com

Here is a list of upcoming Christmas (Weihnachts) Markets and Advent Markts to help you plan your holiday season with family and visitors.

NOVEMBER 2015

Nov. 21 – 22
Adventmarkt by children for children – Youth Farm in Böblingen

Nov. 23 – Dec. 22
Ulm Weihnachtsmarkt

Nov. 23 – Dec. 22
Heidelberg Christmas Market

Nov. 24 – Dec. 23
Wiesbaden’s Twinkling Star Christmas Market

Nov. 24 – Dec. 22
Esslingen Am Neckar – Mittelaltermarkt und Weihnachtsmarkt

Nov. 24 – Dec. 22
Ludwigsburg Baroque Weihnachtsmarkt

Nov. 25 – Dec. 23
Stuttgart’s Weihnachtsmarkt

Nov. 25 – Dec. 22
Frankfurt Christmas Market

Nov. 25 – Dec. 23
Mannheim Christmas Market

Nov. 26 – Dec. 20
Schwäbisch Hall Weihnachtsmarkt

Nov. 27 – Dec. 31
Strasbourg, France Weihnachtsmarkt

Nov. 27 – Dec. 15
Burg Hohenzollern Königlicher Weihnachtsmarkt

Nov. 28 – 29
Blaubeuren Wintermarchenmarket

 

DECEMBER 2015

Dec. 1 – 6
Tübingen International Chocolate Fest

Dec. 3 – 13
Rottweil Weihnachtsmarkt

Dec. 3 – 13
Kirchheim U. Teck Weihnachtsmarkt

Dec. 4 – 6
Bad Urach Weihnachtsmarkt, 11 a.m.

Dec. 4 – 6
Nagolder Weihnachtsmarkt

Dec. 4 – 13
Nürtringen Weihnachtmarkt

Dec. 5 – 7
Weil der Stadt Kepler Weihnachtsmarkt

Dec. 12 – 13
Lichtenstein Weihnachtsmarkt

Dec. 11 – 13
Tübingen Weihnachtsmarkt

Dec. 13 – 15
Tuttlingen Weihnachtsmarket

Dec. 19 – 20
Dischingen Romantic Castle Katzenstein

Check out this website for an absolute complete list of ALL Christmas markets in Baden-Württemberg.

Christmas Traditions

altafulla shutterstock Christmas Market enjoying hot drink© altafulla / Shutterstock.com

Celebrating Christmas in Germany is like being in a fairy tale. If part of your Christmas and holiday season is to include a traditional event (ballet, play or musical), then the Stuttgart community does not disappoint.

Ballet in Stuttgart (Then type in “ballet” in events section.)
Russian Ballet from St. Petersburg: Dec. 3, 2015
Swan Lake: Dec. 21, 2015
The Nutcracker: Dec. 28-30, 2015

Sound of Music play performed by Kelley Stuttgart Theater Center

Dec. 11, 12, 18 & 19 and Jan. 8, 9, 15 & 16 @ 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 13 & 20 and Jan. 10 & 17 @ 3 p.m.

* A Special invited performance for the Exceptional Family Member Pr0gram (EFMP) only on Saturday Dec. 19 @ 3 p.m.

Celebrating the holidays overseas can bring a longing for the states and family with moments of nostalgia. Although we are missing them during this season, I know I will try to warm the chill by discovering a new castle, market or a winter sport. If all else fails, then I will try shopping! I hope this holiday season brings you new friends, health, wealth and happiness. Frohe Weihnachten! (Merry Christmas!)

Author’s Profile: Wendy Payne is a military spouse and lives with her family in Stuttgart, Germany. She is a freelance writer, blogger and photographer. She also enjoys gardening, hiking, yoga and sharing Europe with people.

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