Under a sea of twinkling lights, Neuer Markt square in Rostock's historical centre provides the stage for the city's Christmas market. The question of the moment is whether Father Christmas will arrive by sleigh, by boat or by tram. You can try local specialities such as smoked fish, smoked sausage and schmalzkuchen doughnuts. On Saturdays and Sundays, fairytales are re-enacted on the Fairytale Castle Stage. At the official opening, the first cut is made in the giant stollen cake. Special events at the historical market celebrate Christmas customs in time-honoured fashion. There is a Nordic Mile, where you can soak up the Scandinavian atmosphere, and the romantic Fairytale Forest brings childhood memories flooding back.
Christmas market - opening times
28 Nov - 22 Dec 2013
Mon - Thu 10am - 8pm,
Fri - Sat 10am - 9pm,
Sun 11am - 8pm