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It’s December and do you know what that means? If you don’t, then you don’t live in Europe or Germany for that fact. It’s one of the most interesting times during the winter.  Christmas markets (in German its Weihnachtsmarkthave started.  What is a Christmas market you may ask? They are great reason for you to not go to the mall or any other random place.

The Christmas market allows you to do a lot different things.  First of all you can find gifts for your friends and family, get oraments for your tree, oh and try out some very food and drinks.  Now if you are looking for awesome electronics, then this isn’t your spot.  You will find simple things, like socks, shirts, kitchen stuff, and a lot of other random things.  Last year I bought my dad a pair of socks, along with finding some very cool necklaces, oh a cool ring.  The thing for me was the fact it wasn’t crazy expense.

I know some of you might be thinking, “Isn’t it cold outside?” Yes, in some cases it will be snowing, freezing like hell, and frankly there is no reason to be out.  However, you can find warm drinks and food pretty much everywhere. What’s the best drink to get? Can you say Glühwein (Mulled wine)?  What is this Glühwein I speak of?  Its warmed wine, normally red wine that has sugar, orange peel, and other spices mixed in.  Some people think its to sweet, like a few friends of mine, but when you are freezing outside, its a tasty thing.  You can also get some kinderpunch, hot chocolate, or other warm drinks to.

Now for this years markets I’ve decided to do something way different.  I have come up with the fact I want to see almost 10 markets, OK, probably going to be five to seven, but 10 is a nice round number.  I have two that are very accessible, those being the Stuttgart and Ludwigsburg markets.

This is what makes it the most organized thing I’ve ever done.  I have come up with a spreadsheet, listed the ones I want to see, put down dates and I’m pretty much not flexible, unless there is a very good reason to be.  I went to Munich last weekend, pictures and my tale are coming soon.  I seriously can’t wait to see some of the markets that I’m planning to see.  Check out my schedule below.  This is seriously going to be an awesome December!

My Christmas Market Schedule for December 2012

Esslingen Christmas Market – Friday, 7 December 2012

Ludwigsburg Christmas Market – Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Mannheim Christmas Market – Sunday, 16 December 2012

Munich Christmas Market – Friday, 30 November to Sunday 2 December 2012

Nuremberg Christmas Market – 21 or 22 December to either 22 or 23 December 2012

Strassbourg, France Christmas Market – No Date set yet

Stuttgart Christmas Market – Thursday, 13 December 2012

Tübingen Chocolate Festival – Saturday, 8 December 2012

For more information on Christmas Markets in Germany click here.

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