Things got off to an interesting start in Hamburg on Thursday where Germany’s “hottest Christmas market” opened its doors in the St Pauli neighbourhood.
On offer in the market on the Reeperbahn – a street infamous for its brothels and strip clubs – are festive dildos and other risque gifts, as well as a “strip tent” at one end.
Germany's “hottest Christmas market” in Hamburg. Photo: DPA
In the old town of Düsseldorf, the state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market) also opened on Thursday, but the fair here is much more traditional.
The market is scattered throughout the old town. Visitors will be happy to know they can warm their cold hands in one of the many pubs which dot the charming district as they wind their way from kiosk to kiosk.
The Düsseldorf Christmas market. Photo: DPA
The market also has a huge Ferris wheel which offers unrivalled views of the nighttime city-scape.
Residents of Berlin will have to keep their Christmas cheer tucked away in the closet for a few days longer. The capital's most picturesque Christmas market in Gendarmenmarkt and its more garish sister off Alexanderplatz both open on November 21st
In Stuttgart, Europe’s largest Christmas market is set to open on November 23rd. Around four million visitors are expected at the market through the festive period, reports the Hohenloher Tagblatt.
Despite security fears after two attacks connected to Isis in the south of Germany in the summer, police have not increased security. Because the event takes place throughout the city it is not possible to check visitors’ bags, police have said.
In Munich the Christkindlmarkt will open in Sendlinger Tor on November 24th.
And perhaps Germany's most renowned and magical market, Nuremberg's Christkindlesmarkt, starts up on November 25th.