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Beautiful Pictures of Traditional Christmas markets in Europe

Traditional street markets sprout across Europe weeks before Christmas. A look

Beautiful Pictures of Traditional Christmas markets in Europe

People visit Strasbourg’s Christmas market, one of the largest and one of the oldest French Christmas markets, on November 24, 2012 in Strasbourg, eastern France, on the event’s opening day. With over 300 market chalets, Strasbourg attracts over 1.6 million visitors during the Christmas season.

Beautiful Pictures of Traditional Christmas markets in Europe

A general view of the 578th so-called Striezel Christmas market just after its opening on November 28, 2012 in Dresden, eastern Germany. Visitors of the Christmas market can buy the traditional Striezel or Stollen fruit loaf, hot punch, gingerbread and craftwork at around 240 market stands up to Christmas Eve. Striezel (or Stollen), a fruit loaf made of yeast dough, almonds, raisins and other ingredients, is a culinary specialty of the eastern German town

Beautiful Pictures of Traditional Christmas markets in Europe

People walk around a giant Christmas tree on November 24, 2012 in Strasbourg, eastern France on the opening day of the city’s Christmas market, the largest and one of the oldest French Christmas markets.

Beautiful Pictures of Traditional Christmas markets in Europe

People walk on November 24, 2012 in Strasbourg, eastern France on the opening day of the city’s Christmas market, the largest and one of the eldest French Christmas markets.

Beautiful Pictures of Traditional Christmas markets in Europe

People walk around a giant Christmas tree on November 24, 2012 in Strasbourg, eastern France on the opening day of the city’s Christmas market, the largest and one of the oldest French Christmas markets.

Beautiful Pictures of Traditional Christmas markets in Europe

People walk on November 24, 2012 in Strasbourg, eastern France on the opening day of the city’s Christmas market, the largest and one of the oldest French Christmas markets. With over 300 market chalets, Strasbourg attracts over 1.6 million visitors during the Christmas season.

Beautiful Pictures of Traditional Christmas markets in Europe

People visit Strasbourg’s Christmas market, one of the largest and one of the oldest French Christmas markets, on November 24, 2012 in Strasbourg, eastern France, on the event’s opening day.

Beautiful Pictures of Traditional Christmas markets in Europe

People visit Strasbourg’s Christmas market, one of the largest and one of the oldest French Christmas markets, on November 24, 2012 in Strasbourg, eastern France, on the event’s opening day.

Beautiful Pictures of Traditional Christmas markets in Europe

People visit Strasbourg’s Christmas market, one of the largest and one of the oldest French Christmas markets, on November 24, 2012 in Strasbourg, eastern France, on the event’s opening day. With over 300 market chalets, Strasbourg attracts over 1.6 million visitors during the Christmas season.

Beautiful Pictures of Traditional Christmas markets in Europe

People visit Strasbourg’s Christmas market, one of the largest and one of the oldest French Christmas markets, on November 24, 2012 in Strasbourg, eastern France, on the event’s opening day.

Beautiful Pictures of Traditional Christmas markets in Europe

An artist takes part in a show given at Strasbourg’s Christmas market, one of the largest and one of the oldest French Christmas markets, on November 24, 2012 in Strasbourg, eastern France, on the event’s opening day. With over 300 market chalets, Strasbourg attracts over 1.6 million visitors during the Christmas season.

Beautiful Pictures of Traditional Christmas markets in Europe

A general view of the 578th so-called Striezel Christmas market just after its opening on November 28, 2012 in Dresden, eastern Germany. Visitors of the Christmas market can buy the traditional Striezel or Stollen fruit loaf, hot punch, gingerbread and craftwork at around 240 market stands up to Christmas Eve. Striezel (or Stollen), a fruit loaf made of yeast dough, almonds, raisins and other ingredients, is a culinary specialty of the eastern German town.

Beautiful Pictures of Traditional Christmas markets in Europe

Visitors discover the 578th so-called Striezel Christmas market just after its opening on November 28, 2012 in Dresden, eastern Germany.

Beautiful Pictures of Traditional Christmas markets in Europe

Visitors of the so-called Striezelmarkt crowd the Christmas market just after its opening on November 28, 2012 in Dresden, eastern Germany.

Beautiful Pictures of Traditional Christmas markets in Europe

Visitors crowd the Striezelmarkt, Christmas market just after its opening on November 28, 2012 in Dresden, eastern Germany.

Beautiful Pictures of Traditional Christmas markets in Europe

Dresden’s landmark the Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche, L) can be seen behind a christmas pyramid at the Striezelmarkt, Christmas market just after its opening on November 28, 2012 in Dresden, eastern Germany.

Beautiful Pictures of Traditional Christmas markets in Europe

Decorative Christmas Sterne hang for sale after the opening of the Striezelmarkt, Christmas market just after its opening on November 28, 2012 in Dresden, eastern Germany.

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