Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Dresden Christmas Fair (known locally as the Striezelmarkt)
Dating back to the 1400s, this is one of the best German fairs. It features a huge array of decorations, folk art and traditional toys from the nearby Erzgebirge toy-making region. One of the highlights: Dresden bakers mount a local Stollen Festival to celebrate the legendary Stollen Christmas cake. 25 November-24 December 2010.
Dresden Middle Ages Christmas Market
Not to be outdone, Dresden also mounts a wonderful, historically-themed market, held each year in the Castle mews. It's at its best starting at dusk and going into the evening. Dresdener Schloss (Castle Courtyard), 24 November-22 December, 2010.
A sheer delight, this may be the most classic of the Christmas fairs. Stands feature toys, straw figures, candles and an unbelievable variety of German Christmas decorations. Nurnberg Bratwurst is a year-round specialty, but it never tastes better than when you're strolling through the market at night. 26 November-24 December 2010.