Exploring Hamburg’s various Christmas markets

One of the biggest draws of Germany in the wintertime are the different Christmas markets that spring up in almost every town, and Hamburg is no exception. Germany’s second-largest city has dozens of different Christmas markets, all with unique themes and styles, and there is scarcely time to see them all in the six weeks leading up to Christmas.

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The entrance to Hamburg’s largest Christmas market located at the Rathaus (City Hall). The market opens and turns on its lights well before dusk. Photo: Alison Haywood

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Well folks, that time is upon us! No, it’s not Christmas yet, we’re still in Advent. Why make a big deal distinguishing between Christmas and Advent when virtually nobody in this city regularly goes to church anymore? Good question, but that’s how it is. Continue reading “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”