Frankfurt Christmas Market © Bruce Washburn
The Frankfurt Christmas Market is one of the biggest and oldest in Germany, dating back to the 14th century, and traditionally Germans used to buy all their children's presents, as well as their decorations and seasonal foodstuffs, solely from the market. The entire old town centre is transformed into a festive, beautiful marketplace where the scent of roasted chestnuts, mulled wine, gingerbread and baked apples mixes with the sounds of Christmas tunes in the crisp winter air. The fair also offers Christmas readings, Advent concerts and a visit by St Nicholas, as well as plenty of arts and crafts, from creative candles to carved wooden toys, and traditional Frankfurt specialties like apple wine soap, slippers and traditional tree ornaments. There are usually also plenty of activities and games, or nostalgic amusement park rides on offer.
Venue: Throughout the old city centre, but predominantly at Römerberg
Date: Late November and December 2016