About Joy


Greetings, all. My name is Joy Anderson and I’m the editor of GermanyAtChristmas.com.

Although my hometown of New York City is a place that knows plenty about celebrating the holidays—the lighting of the tree at Rockefeller Center, the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, the shop window decorations on Fifth Avenue, and so on—it wasn’t until I visited Germany and its famous Christmas markets that I felt the same kind of festive seasonal spirit I remember from my childhood.

I don’t presume to have visited more than a fraction of the hundreds of German Christmas markets, but I’ve done my best to see as many as possible in five visits to Germany during Advent. Some of my personal favorites include the Munich Christkindlmarkt, Christmas Magic at the Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin, Advent at Neumarkt in Dresden (although the Striezelmarkt is pretty wonderful too), and the Romantic Christmas Market in Regensburg (this one I saw on a Danube holiday market river cruise). In all, I’ve probably been to around 50 so far and I’m by no means done. In fact, I’ve just moved to Paris so now it will be really easy to travel to Germany at Christmas  more frequently.

As a travel writer with a strong romantic streak, Europe has always been my favorite destination. I love good food, drink, design, art, and music—all of which Germany has in abundance, in a fairy-tale setting, to boot.

I look forward to your feedback and your own stories about Germany at Christmas. And I’ll do my best to respond to any questions you may have.