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Well friends, it’s that time of year! The air is crisp with the promise of snow, you’ve donned your coziest sweaters, and the sun disappears earlier each night while you snuggle up inside with a cup of hot chocolate and watch Christmas movie marathons. Or you could be like me, and enjoying weather reminiscent of an early arrival of spring, but that’s neither here nor there.

 Visiting a Christmas market in one of the smaller, neighboring villages to the large city of Stuttgart

Visiting a Christmas market in one of the smaller, neighboring villages to the large city of Stuttgart

One of my favorite holiday traditions while living in Europe was visiting the Christmas markets. Nearly every town hosted this annual event, setting up wooden stalls decorated with evergreen, selling anything from hot mulled wine and gingerbread to hand crafted decorations and trinkets. There were stalls that sold local, organic honey, ones that sold homemade beeswax candles, stalls with traditional Christmas decorations you would find in a typical European home, and my favorite, the food booths that sold the deliciousness that is käsespätzle (a dish with dumpling-like noodles, covered in gooey Emmentaler cheese and onions) and kartofflepuffer (basically potato pancakes, but so much fun to say!). Needless to say, you should not be on a diet when visiting the Christmas markets.

 Beautiful Christmas ornaments found in one of the many stalls

Beautiful Christmas ornaments found in one of the many stalls

 Enjoying my favorite dish of käsespätzle (don't mind my bright, red nose, it was FREEZING)

Enjoying my favorite dish of käsespätzle (don't mind my bright, red nose, it was FREEZING)

 You can't visit the markets without a hot mug of gluhwein (or hot, mulled wine with seasonal spices)

You can't visit the markets without a hot mug of gluhwein (or hot, mulled wine with seasonal spices)

 Who doesn't love potato pancakes? Especially when they're as fun to say as "kartofflepuffer"!

Who doesn't love potato pancakes? Especially when they're as fun to say as "kartofflepuffer"!

Christmas markets range in size depending on the town you are visiting. In larger cities, you’ll find markets that twist and turn down every street, stuffed to bursting with people. One of the most famous and oldest Christmas markets to visit is in Nuremberg, Germany, hosting over 180 stalls every year. However, some of my favorites to visit are the smaller, more quaint markets in picturesque villages. Wherever you go, you're sure to experience a lively and festive atmosphere.

 Pretty sure Santa knows who's been naughty and who's been nice...

Pretty sure Santa knows who's been naughty and who's been nice...

 The beautiful Christmas tree in the quaint town of Bernkastel, Germany

The beautiful Christmas tree in the quaint town of Bernkastel, Germany

 Another magical Christmas tree was set against the backdrop of St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, Austria

Another magical Christmas tree was set against the backdrop of St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, Austria

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If you’d like to experience the magic that is Christmas in Europe, get with Earthly Roams today and we will plan the perfect Christmas trip for you!

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