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December 2021

Weather

Season Autumn / Winter
The astronomical start of winter is between 20 and 23 December. It is based on the changing position of Earth in relation to the sun and the resulting solar events of equinoxes and solstices.
Meteorological Winter is defined by climatic conditions and the annual temperature cycle. It is the same period of time in different years.
In most of the Northern Hemisphere, meteorological winter is generally defined as the three months of December, January and February, with the season starting on 1 December.
Weather The temperature can drop well below freezing but can also warm up to above 10 °C.
Depending on your location, expect a lot or rain, ice rain, frost, fog and some snow.
The mountainous regions will get more snow than the low-lying areas.
Christmas is rarely a postcard image of white snow all over.

Public Holidays

Holiday Date Bundesländer
1st Day of Christmas / 1. Weihnachtsfeiertag 25 December all
2nd Day of Christmas / 2. Weihnachtsfeiertag 26 December all

Observations

Holiday Date Bundesländer
Saint Nicholas Day / Nikolaus-tag 6 December all
Winter Solstice The winter solstice, also known as midwinter, occurs when one of the Earth’s poles has its maximum tilt away from the Sun. It is usually on 21 or 22 December. It is the longest night (darkness) in the year. all
New Year’s Eve / Silvester 31 December all
Advent (4 in total) Starts 4 Sundays before Christmas all

Festivals and Events

EventDateInformation
Christmas markets From the end of November until just before ChristmasThe Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt is the most famous.
Christmas gardens A festival of Christmas lightsChristmas-garden.de

In December the main focus is on Christmas, and the Germans have many Christmas traditions to celebrate.

Christmas markets are a very big part of these traditions. Meet up with friends at these beautifully decorated markets where you can buy delicious food, glühwein, handmade items and Christmas cards. Some markets are themed, such as the middle age market in Esslingen or the baroque one in Ludwigsburg. There are also Christmas market tours that you can do. 
To avoid crowds, it is best to go during the day, although you will miss out on the cosy nighttime atmosphere enhanced by the countless Christmas lights and decorations.

Christmas day is usually a quiet day spent with family. Shops are closed as well as most restaurants.

After the quiet celebrations of Christmas day, comes New Year’s Eve. Here it is celebrated with a bang – literally! Fireworks can be seen everywhere. Just take a note that fireworks are legally sold between 28-30 December and you are only able to light them from 31 Dec through 1 Jan.

It is also a bit of a tradition to watch Dinner for One on New Year’s Eve, eat Raclette and wash it down with a good Riesling or Sekt

Foods to try

Fruit and Veggies in Season

Holiday Greetings

  • Ich wünsche euch allen einen wunderschönen geruhsamen 1.Advent
  • Frohe Weihnachten! 
  • Gesegnete Weihnachten und ein glückliches neues Jahr! 
  • Herzliche Weihnachtsgrüße! 
  • Ein frohes Weihnachtsfest und alles Gute zum neuen Jahr! 
  • Alles Gute zum neuen Jahr! 
  • Einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr! 
  • Zum neuen Jahr Gesundheit, Glück und viel Erfolg! 

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