Germany at Christmas 2013: Four Months to Go

Today is August 1 and it could not feel less like Christmas. Nevertheless, in just four short months, it will be December 1, which this year is the first Sunday of Advent and the traditional start of the Christmas market season in Germany (though some will already have opened a few days earlier).                 I think for the … [Read more...]

The 2011 German Christmas Markets are underway & so am I

Yes, Advent officially began about a week and a half ago. For someone who blogs about German Christmas markets, I guess I've been kind of slow out of the gate this year, although I suppose finishing my book--150 German Christmas Markets--counts for something. 2012 UPDATE; There is now a new edition of the book: The Ultimate Guide to the German Christmas Markets. In any event, in about 45 … [Read more...]

What to buy at a German Christmas market

My e-guide The Ultimate Guide to the German Christmas Markets is subtitled Where to Go and What to Buy. Here are a few thoughts from the What to Buy part. Nothing beats the fun of shopping at Christmas markets, even if there’s no way you can ever take home everything that catches your fancy. Daytime is great for browsing and buying; evenings after the lights come on are, if anything, even … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Guide to the German Christmas Markets: Where to Go and What to Buy

Here is the latest version of my e-book, which is now called The Ultimate Guide to the German Christmas Markets: Where to Go and What to Buy.  The original edition was entitled 150 German Christmas Markets: Where to Go and What to Buy  and it's still eminently usable--only the dates have changed for the most parts and some of websites may have different URLs. As best I can … [Read more...]