Cathedral Christmas Market, Cologne, Germany
Cologne's Cathedral Christmas Market, one of six throughout the city, springs to life each holiday in the city center. The festivities have helped make Cologne one of Germany's most popular Christmas Market destinations for travelers. The city's four major markets surround the iconic cathedral, which lends a magical backdrop to the festivities.
Head to the Cathedral Christmas Market and purchase mulled wine, then explore the wooden stalls, which are chock-full of traditional wares and food for sale. Watch as artisans pour pewter, bind wreaths, blow glass and carve wood.
More than 100 holiday-themed performances take place throughout the festival, and you'll find rides and activities for children, as well.