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Cologne is one of Germany’s best spots to experience the German Christmas market frenzy to the fullest. Several markets and bazaars open up across the city during the Advent season and sell handicrafts, trinkets, hot drinks and delicious food. Here are the eight best Christmas markets to visit when you’re in town.
At the Nikolausdorf, half-timbered houses decorated with evergreen garlands and fairy lights spread across Cologne’s Rudolfplatz. The cosy market with 60 stalls is a highlight for families. Why the grown-ups can do the Christmas shopping and enjoy a mulled wine, kids can join supervised arts and crafts classes or meet Saint Nicholas.
Being Germany’s self-proclaimed gay capital, the city has a gay and lesbian Christmas market as well, which delivers an alternative Advent experience. The entertainment programme lists, Bitch-Bingo, Burlesque dance and Schlager music acts, the food and drink menu includes hot cocktails, and you might find the one or another unconventional Christmas tree decoration.