Fun things to do at Christmas time in Germany
Everyone who is traveling to Germany during the holidays will tell you what fun things you should do in Germany during Christmas (Weihnachten). There are more than 150 Christmas markets in Germany, so there are enough to select from. Moreover, there are also a lot of other interesting and enjoyable things to do there over the holiday season.
I’m sure you’ll attend at least one Christmas market if you’re planning a pre-Christmas trip to Germany. But why not also try some of these other enjoyable activities? Here are just a few of the fun things to do in Germany at Christmas time.
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Visit the Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas Village and the German Christmas Museum at Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Visits to any of the seven Kathe Wohlfahrt Christmas stores in Germany will leave visitors speechless. What began more than 50 years ago as a wooden music box given to an American friend has grown into a successful enterprise that welcomes guests from all over the world.
- The shops, which specialize in traditional Christmas decorations from Germany, are brimming with magnificent decorations for every taste and price range. There are various Christmas goods on display, all of which are for sale, including Christmas baubles, nativity scenes, music boxes, and Santa Claus figurines.
- The German Christmas Museum chronicles the evolution of German Christmas customs. It is located next to the Kathe Wohlfahrt shop, often known as the Christmas Village, in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. It offers an interesting glimpse into how Christmas was once celebrated in Germany.
- One of the greatest Christmas vacation destinations in Germany, in my view, is Rothenburg ob der, Tauber. It’s not only a true fairytale village; there are also a ton of holiday-themed shops, a sizable market, and a ton of festive events to take part in.
- All Kathe Wohlfahrt stores are open all year long, as is the museum, and you can buy the company’s goods at a lot of the Christmas markets in Germany.
Location: You’ll find Kathe Wohlfahrt Christmas stores in the following German towns – Berlin, Heidelberg, Rüdesheim, Nürnberg, Bamberg, Oberammergau, and Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber.
Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride from Oberammergau
A horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snow is a very unique experience. Especially for those who are from the southern hemisphere when one thinks about Christmas in Germany. There are several opportunities to take a horse-drawn sleigh or carriage ride in the Bavarian hamlet of Oberammergau. With winter itineraries are selected according to the quantity of snow.
As your sleigh glides around the icy terrain of the region, including Graswang and Linderhof. Where King Ludwig II constructed his castle, you may take in magnificent views while being covered in heavy blankets. Nowhere else is it possible to appreciate a German winter’s serenity and beauty quite like this.
Location: Oberammergau is in the southern German region of Bavaria, 91 kilometers from Munich. The driving time is around one hour. Train and bus services are also available.
See the Stuttgart Town Hall Advent calendar
Stuttgart is home to one of the oldest German Christmas markets (the Stuttgart Christmas Market was first referenced in the record in 1692) and another holiday treat.
The Stuttgart Town Hall is converted into a massive Advent calendar every year during Advent. Each day beginning on December 1st, a window is opened to display the coat of arms of one of the 23 Stuttgart districts. Every evening at six o’clock, there is a free concert on the town hall steps where guests may listen to live Christmas music.
Location: Stuttgart is the capital and largest city of the German state of Baden-Württemberg. It is just over 200 kilometers from both Frankfurt and Munich (around 2 hours driving time). Regular train and bus services operate on both routes.
Attend the Kugelmarkt in Lauscha
The glass balls are shown each year during the Lauscha Kugelmarkt (ball market), which is held in December. The town of Lauscha is well known for its glass blowing, notably Christmas baubles, which are thought to have originated here.
In 1847, one of the town’s glassblowers created the first glass Christmas ornaments in the form of fruits and nuts. Shortly after, the glass balls were exported by the American business Woolworth, and a German Christmas custom was born. During the market, the town is turned into a sizable pedestrian zone with vendors selling a wide variety of handmade glass ornaments. Even better, you may observe the glassblowers in action.
Modern Christmas ornaments come in a variety of sizes, hues, and forms, and many of them are hand-decorated with delicate filigree, paying respect to the traditional workmanship of the past.
Location: Lauscha is situated in the German state of Thuringia, in the center of the country. It is 148 kilometers north of Nuremberg and 174 kilometers southwest of Leipzig.
Indulge at chocolART in Tubingen
Germany’s largest chocolate festival, chocolateArt, is held in the town of Tubingen each December. With a variety of activities available, including tastings, culinary classes, chocolate art, chocolate exhibitions, and more. It is a must-attend event for chocolate lovers.
A Saturday night “shopping night” is a fantastic time to get some last-minute Christmas presents or maybe even indulge yourself.
Location: Tubingen is a university town in central Baden-Wurttemberg, just 50 kilometers south of Stuttgart.
Taste lebkuchen at Nuremburg
The best ginger and spice cookies, or Lebkuchen, are created by Lebkuchen Schmidt in Nuremberg and are a classic German holiday treat. During the peak of production, the firm employs over 800 employees and produces 3 million biscuits every day!
Without a doubt, eating lebkuchen during Christmas is one of the most cherished traditions in Germany since they are so good!
Even though the Schmidt brand of lebkuchen is available for purchase throughout the holiday season in many German towns, the best location to try them is during the Nuremberg Christmas market. The business maintains two booths, one in the main market structure and the other in the witch house.
Location: 170 kilometers north of Munich, Nuremberg is in the southern German state of Bavaria and is serviced by frequent bus and train services.
Traditional German Christmas foods to try
German Christmas markets are unmissable if you want to experience the warm, spicy fragrance of roasted chestnuts and glühwein. These are only two of the typical Christmas favorites eaten in Germany. The nation also holds a variety of food-themed events throughout December in honor of other Christmas treats.
Take part in the Dresden Stollenfest
The German equivalent of a Christmas cake, called Stollen, is another Christmas dish that you should try. The Stollen is thought to have its origins in Dresden more than 500 years ago, and its form is meant to represent the infant Jesus.
Dresden has an annual festival to commemorate this well-known Christmas treat on the Saturday before the second Sunday of Advent. With the festive Stollen, weighing several tonnes, taking center stage, the festival boasts a colorful parade of over 500 participants snaking through the city’s Old Town.
After being divided into thousands of pieces, the cake is then sold to festival-goers, with the majority of the revenues going to charity. What a wonderful addition to your Christmas meal in Germany!
Location: Dresden is in the far east of Germany in the state of Saxony. It is situated 190 kilometers south of Berlin and 150 kilometers northwest of Prague (Czech Republic). It is serviced by regular bus and train services.
The above-mentioned celebrations and festivities can be useful if you’re wondering how Christmas is celebrated in Germany or seeking a wonderful dish to eat on your Christmas Day in Germany. There are plenty of fun things available wherever you choose to spend Christmas in Germany. Merry Christmas, or Frohe Weihnachten!