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Snowflakes dance through the air, it smells of mulled wine and freshly baked cookies, golden lights sparkle on the fir trees: It's Christmas time. For many, December is the most romantic month in Germany. People sing and celebrate, bake and craft decorations. Numerous customs and traditions passed down from generation to generation are still alive today and create a unique atmosphere full of joy.

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24 windows up until Christmas Eve
Especially for children who are eagerly awaiting Christmas and their presents, the month of December can seem endless. To sweeten the wait, an advent calendar with 24 small surprises, one for every day until Santa or the Christkind finally arrives, hangs in almost every house in Germany.
Check out the festive season in Hesse!
Fun in the snow
Everyone is waiting for the first snowflakes of winter to fall from the sky. When the time comes, there is no stopping the fun. Young and old rush outside to throw snowballs and build snowmen with beet or carrot noses.
Discover winter fun in Bavaria!
Happy Family Sledding On Snow Covered Field
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St. Nicholas
On December 5, children are on their best behavior. They clean their shoes or boots and put them outside in the evening before they go to sleep. This can be worthwhile because at night, St. Nicholas comes with his sack full of goodies and fills the shoes of the good children with candy.
Plan a family vacation in Lower Saxony!
Stollen, cookies, goose roasts
Oh, how delicious!
You hear this being said often in December.

The Advent season offers plenty of culinary surprises. There are cookies, baked Christmas stollen, and goose roasts pushed into the oven during the festive season.
Try culinary specialties from Aachen!
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Webinars - open to all
The German National Tourist Office invites you to our new weekly Germany webinars. Every Tuesday at 10:00am PST / 01:00pm EST we will cover a different topic and have special guests join us for additional information. The webinars are currently scheduled to run through December of 2020. Please sign up below to reserve your spot:

12/08/20 Bavaria & Altoetting
12/15/20 Nature & Outdoor Activities in Germany
12/22/20 German Summer Cities
12/08 - register here
Past webinars
Past webinars can be viewed at the following links:

10/13/20 Top 100 Attractions & Sights
10/20/20 Beer & Wine Country
10/27/20 Germany's 16 States
11/03/20 Bavaria & Munich Airport
11/10/20 Black Forest Highlands
11/17/20 Berlin part II
11/17 - view here!
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