Cold. Rainy. Cold. Snowy. Cold. Dark. Cold. Dreary. These are some of the words we can use to describe Germany in the winter time. However, each Advent season there are bright lights and hot Gluhwein to ward off the dampness of the winter season: Weihnachtsmarkt!
The most famous Christmas Market in Germany, is without a doubt, in Nuremberg. And, for this reason, you will never catch me there. I've been to that market place, there is no way you'd have enough space to breathe, let alone enjoy it. I prefer the smaller markets, to include the little towns who go all out only one weekend during the season. I also prefer to go during the day (especially if going with children) and during the week. The crowds are much thinner at that point, sometimes you can even navigate your stroller around the market.
Some of the best things about Christmas markets include Gluhwein (or Kinder Punch for those underage or pregnant), hot potato pancakes with fresh apple sauce, rides for the kids, and lots of things to buy. I also absolutely love that the birth of Christ plays a role in each market.