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Stuttgart Christmas Market

Christmas markets have been becoming increasingly popular all over Europe as people yearn for a more authentic and less commercial experience of the season. One of the oldest and most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe, Stuttgart is transformed into a fairytale wonderland over the month of December, when heady aromas of vanilla and cinnamon permeate the air. More than 200 delightful stands display the wares of local tradesmen from Christmas decorations and toys to woodcuts and jewellery. On the Schlossplatz, in front of the New Palace, a romantic open-air skating rink in the middle of the city can be enjoyed. Combine this Christmas cheer and picture postcard scenery with some mulled wine, waffles, baked apples and grilled sausages and you've got one of the best Christmas markets ever. Apart from being the perfect place to buy charming Christmas presents and traditional tree decorations, the market fulfills all the Christmas nostalgia with its old-fashioned games, gifts and food and its communal atmosphere.

Venue: Marktplatz, Schillerplatz and Schlossplatz

Date: 26 November - 23 December 2014