Christmas in Germany is not just about the Christmas markets, beautifully decorated stands, delicious gingerbread cookies and mulled wine.

Christmas in Germany is also about family and friends. Many Germans leave their home town because of school and work and Christmas is the time, they return back home and catch up with the loved ones.

13 Interesting facts about Christmas in Germany

  • The Christmas tree has found its place into German homes at the end of 18th century. In 2019 29,8 million of Christmas trees were sold in the country.
  • Germany made 151 million of chocolate Santa Clause in 2019
  • Germans love the mulled wine – each year they drink 50 million liters of it.
  • Several tons of ginger bread cookies and printen are made every year in Germany. In 1995 they made 116.000 tons and in 2019 »just« 86.360 tons were made. One of the most popular cookies are also the Vanillekipferl – vanilla made cookies, shaped as a half-moon.
  • In average 281 EUR are spent over the Christmas gifts each year by the Germans. The most popular gift in recent years is a gift card.
  • The one who bring presents in Germany is not the Santa Clause, but according to the tradition it is the baby Jesus – Christkind.
  • Traditional German Christmas food is the roast duck with red cabbage and potato dumplings. This tradition goes back to 1588, when the English queen Elizabeth I. ate the roast duck for its Christmas dinner.
  • The homeland of Christmas markets is Germany. More than 600-year-old tradition makes the Christmas markets in Germany some of the most popular ones in the whole world.
  • The oldest Christmas market in Germany dated in 1434 and was held in Dresden.
  • The most beautiful Christmas market in Germany can be found in Erfurt.
  • The largest and best-known Christmas market is the one in Nuremberg.
  • The most popular Christmas markets in Germany are found in Dortmund, Stuttgart, Munich, Dresden, Cologne, Leipzig, Nuremberg, Erfurt, Hamburg and Aachen.
  • There are around 3000 Christmas markets in Germany, which make 5 billion Euro of yearly income, employ 190.000 people and welcome from 80-90 million of visitors from all over the world.

Some facts about Christmas markets in Germany might sound as an exaggeration, but if you have already visited some of them and spend the Christmas time in Germany, you know how special, charming, meaningful and absolutely wonderful this time of the year really is for all the Germans.