10 ways to celebrate this New Year’s Eve like a German

10 ways to celebrate this New Year’s Eve like a German

Here's you need to know to celebrate New Year in true German fashion - even if you don't leave your home this year.

How Brits in the UK can get back to Germany in the New Year

How Brits in the UK can get back to Germany in the New Year

Why this is Germany’s favourite Christmas movie
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Why this is Germany’s favourite Christmas movie

10 German Christmas cookies you have to bake this winter

10 German Christmas cookies you have to bake this winter

The German words and phrases you need to know to survive the holidays

The German words and phrases you need to know to survive the holidays

What you need to know about travel in Germany (and abroad) at Christmas and New Year
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What you need to know about travel in Germany (and abroad) at Christmas and New Year

Are Christmas pickle ornaments really a German tradition?
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Are Christmas pickle ornaments really a German tradition?

Lebkuchen: Gingerbread is Germany’s favourite Christmas treat in 2020

Lebkuchen: Gingerbread is Germany’s favourite Christmas treat in 2020

What exactly are Germany’s Christmas celebration rules?

What exactly are Germany’s Christmas celebration rules?

Recipe: Three seasonal twists on classic Bavarian Kipferl cookies

Recipe: Three seasonal twists on classic Bavarian Kipferl cookies

German word of the day: Das Räuchermännchen

German word of the day: Das Räuchermännchen

German residents told not to call police over every Covid Christmas rule break

German residents told not to call police over every Covid Christmas rule break

Amazon workers across Germany go on strike for higher wages in build up to ‘online Xmas’

Amazon workers across Germany go on strike for higher wages in build up to ‘online Xmas’

Christmas: Is it possible to travel within Germany under new rules?

Christmas: Is it possible to travel within Germany under new rules?

How to make the German version of egg nog

How to make the German version of egg nog

The dates you should know for sending post in Germany before Christmas

The dates you should know for sending post in Germany before Christmas

‘Pandemic won’t rob us of our future,’ says German president

‘Pandemic won’t rob us of our future,’ says German president

German word of the day: Die Bescherung

German word of the day: Die Bescherung

German word of the day: Der Dominostein

German word of the day: Der Dominostein

Scientists plead for ‘hard lockdown’ in Germany as fears grow over Covid-19 spike at Christmas

Scientists plead for ‘hard lockdown’ in Germany as fears grow over Covid-19 spike at Christmas

Germany mulls three-week lockdown from December 20th

Germany mulls three-week lockdown from December 20th

Seven classic German Christmas traditions still taking place in 2020
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Seven classic German Christmas traditions still taking place in 2020

German word of the day: Der Wunschzettel

German word of the day: Der Wunschzettel

What do Germans like to eat at Christmas?
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What do Germans like to eat at Christmas?

Merkel says Germany ‘won’t get through winter’ with current Covid-19 measures

Merkel says Germany ‘won’t get through winter’ with current Covid-19 measures

Will coronavirus hotspots in Germany face stricter measures at Christmas?

Will coronavirus hotspots in Germany face stricter measures at Christmas?

Why is Nikolaustag celebrated before Christmas in Germany?

Why is Nikolaustag celebrated before Christmas in Germany?

What you need to know about Nikolaus: the saint who gave gifts before Santa

What you need to know about Nikolaus: the saint who gave gifts before Santa

Quiz: How well do you know these festive German traditions?
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Quiz: How well do you know these festive German traditions?

Update: Two killed as car hits shoppers in German city of Trier

Update: Two killed as car hits shoppers in German city of Trier

German word of the day: Der Adventskalender

German word of the day: Der Adventskalender

Germany starts new extended shutdown with tougher measures

Germany starts new extended shutdown with tougher measures

Merkel slams state plans to open hotels for families over Christmas

Merkel slams state plans to open hotels for families over Christmas

Drive-ins and scattered huts: How German Christmas markets are finding ways to stay open

Drive-ins and scattered huts: How German Christmas markets are finding ways to stay open

IN DETAIL: Germany extends coronavirus shutdown and tightens restrictions

IN DETAIL: Germany extends coronavirus shutdown and tightens restrictions

What will Christmas 2020 be like in Germany?
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What will Christmas 2020 be like in Germany?

Groups of 10 and no fireworks ban: German states propose Christmas and New Year rules

Groups of 10 and no fireworks ban: German states propose Christmas and New Year rules

Tell us: How has the pandemic affected your German Christmas plans?
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Tell us: How has the pandemic affected your German Christmas plans?

Germany plans ahead for Christmas markets amid summer heat

Germany plans ahead for Christmas markets amid summer heat

Nena becomes a nana

Nena becomes a nana

Christmas likely to be wet, not white

Christmas likely to be wet, not white

The Local’s guide to Christmas in Germany

The Local’s guide to Christmas in Germany

White Christmas forecast for parts of Germany

White Christmas forecast for parts of Germany

Christmas post offices swamped with letters to Santa – from adults

Christmas post offices swamped with letters to Santa – from adults

Merry Christmas, watch out for blood-sucking ticks on the tree!

Merry Christmas, watch out for blood-sucking ticks on the tree!

Yuletide greetings from China

Yuletide greetings from China

‘Christmas Academy’ teaches Germans yule rules

‘Christmas Academy’ teaches Germans yule rules

Exhibition shows how the Nazis stole Christmas

Exhibition shows how the Nazis stole Christmas

Retailers banking on a final Christmas splurge

Retailers banking on a final Christmas splurge

Retirees Germany’s most generous charity donors

Retirees Germany’s most generous charity donors

Retailers report merry sales for holidays

Retailers report merry sales for holidays

Germany celebrates 25 years of Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’

Germany celebrates 25 years of Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’

Opening the door to holiday torture

Opening the door to holiday torture

Germans likely to play Grinch this Christmas

Germans likely to play Grinch this Christmas

Revealed: Germany’s most popular baby names

Revealed: Germany’s most popular baby names

Police evacuate German Christmas market after security scare

Police evacuate German Christmas market after security scare

German Advent word of the day: Das Krippenspiel

German Advent word of the day: Das Krippenspiel

What are ten of Germany’s most positive news stories from 2019?

What are ten of Germany’s most positive news stories from 2019?

Berlin remembers victims of Christmas market terror attack three years on

Berlin remembers victims of Christmas market terror attack three years on

What’s the history behind Germany’s Christmas traditions?
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What’s the history behind Germany’s Christmas traditions?

Sending post in Germany before Christmas? Here’s what you need to know

Sending post in Germany before Christmas? Here’s what you need to know

German Advent word of the day: Das Schlittschuhlaufen

German Advent word of the day: Das Schlittschuhlaufen

German Advent word of the day: Der Lichterglanz

German Advent word of the day: Der Lichterglanz

Eight events you won’t want to miss in Germany in December 2019

Eight events you won’t want to miss in Germany in December 2019

Working in Germany over the festive period: What you need to know about the rules
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Working in Germany over the festive period: What you need to know about the rules

What’s the history behind Germany’s beloved Christmas markets?
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What’s the history behind Germany’s beloved Christmas markets?

Why are German Christmas markets opening so early this year?
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Why are German Christmas markets opening so early this year?

World-famous Nuremberg Christmas market cancelled over Covid-19 concerns

World-famous Nuremberg Christmas market cancelled over Covid-19 concerns

How will Christmas 2020 be celebrated in Germany?

How will Christmas 2020 be celebrated in Germany?

Frankfurt cancels Christmas market as infections rise

Frankfurt cancels Christmas market as infections rise

Berlin’s famous Gendarmenmarkt Christmas market cancelled due to coronavirus concerns

Berlin’s famous Gendarmenmarkt Christmas market cancelled due to coronavirus concerns

‘Germans have kept it alive’: Dinner for One star’s son on the enduring legacy of a Silvester favourite

‘Germans have kept it alive’: Dinner for One star’s son on the enduring legacy of a Silvester favourite

Quiz: How well do you know Brexit?

Quiz: How well do you know Brexit?

German police probe curious case of 9-year-old’s unwelcome Christmas gifts

German police probe curious case of 9-year-old’s unwelcome Christmas gifts

Weekend Wanderlust: From communism to Christmas, tracing history in Chemnitz

Weekend Wanderlust: From communism to Christmas, tracing history in Chemnitz

Santa analysis: Claus and Europe feel Brexit pinch, as will UK’s Christmas

Santa analysis: Claus and Europe feel Brexit pinch, as will UK’s Christmas

German word of the day: Schmalzkuchen
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German word of the day: Schmalzkuchen

Tip of the week: Your guide to visiting German Christmas markets

Tip of the week: Your guide to visiting German Christmas markets

How Germany invented Christmas as we know it
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How Germany invented Christmas as we know it

VIDEO: Inside Munich’s most famous Christmas market

VIDEO: Inside Munich’s most famous Christmas market

Turn on the bright lights: Christmas houses shine throughout Germany

Turn on the bright lights: Christmas houses shine throughout Germany

8 events not to miss in Germany this December

8 events not to miss in Germany this December

German church complains Christmas markets open too early

German church complains Christmas markets open too early

8 of the most beautiful German Christmas markets

8 of the most beautiful German Christmas markets

Christkind vs Santa: how Germans and Americans celebrate Christmas differently

Christkind vs Santa: how Germans and Americans celebrate Christmas differently

How Christmas Eve in Germany this year clashes with commercialism

How Christmas Eve in Germany this year clashes with commercialism

Why there is one thing about German Christmas that sends a chill down my spine
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Why there is one thing about German Christmas that sends a chill down my spine

Hope for white Christmas melts away as warm front moves in

Hope for white Christmas melts away as warm front moves in

Germany’s family-run marzipan industry battles to survive in globalized world

Germany’s family-run marzipan industry battles to survive in globalized world

Tip of the week: How to donate time or money in Germany over the holidays

Tip of the week: How to donate time or money in Germany over the holidays

The growing German trend for meat-free Christmas markets

The growing German trend for meat-free Christmas markets

5 events not to miss in Germany this December

5 events not to miss in Germany this December

Everything you need to know about preparing for Christmas like a German

Everything you need to know about preparing for Christmas like a German

Lonely pensioner flooded with Christmas invites after posting note in supermarket

Lonely pensioner flooded with Christmas invites after posting note in supermarket

Wish lists from children worldwide pile up at Santa’s post offices in Germany

Wish lists from children worldwide pile up at Santa’s post offices in Germany

LIVE: Twelve dead as truck hits Berlin Christmas market in ‘probable terrorist attack’

LIVE: Twelve dead as truck hits Berlin Christmas market in ‘probable terrorist attack’

These German children’s songs bring tears to my eyes

These German children’s songs bring tears to my eyes

Why the ‘ugly Christmas sweater’ is making waves in Deutschland

Why the ‘ugly Christmas sweater’ is making waves in Deutschland

1,000 sprinting Santas take over small German town

1,000 sprinting Santas take over small German town

Your essential guide for doing Christmas just like a German

Your essential guide for doing Christmas just like a German

7 events in Germany that’ll make December unforgettable

7 events in Germany that’ll make December unforgettable

These 10 German Christmas markets cannot be missed

These 10 German Christmas markets cannot be missed

Rejoice! Christmas markets start opening across Germany

Rejoice! Christmas markets start opening across Germany

Store chain halts sale of ‘swastika’ Christmas trinket

Store chain halts sale of ‘swastika’ Christmas trinket

Seven events not to miss in Germany this November

Seven events not to miss in Germany this November

Police warn mum-in-law over booze-filled sweets

Police warn mum-in-law over booze-filled sweets

Mild, rainy Christmas ahead say weathermen

Mild, rainy Christmas ahead say weathermen

5 ways Germans think Christmas has got worse

5 ways Germans think Christmas has got worse

Amazon strikes threaten Christmas deliveries

Amazon strikes threaten Christmas deliveries

Seven drinks to warm up at Christmas markets

Seven drinks to warm up at Christmas markets

No white Christmas for Germany: weathermen

No white Christmas for Germany: weathermen

German trendsetters rent out live Christmas trees

German trendsetters rent out live Christmas trees

Berlin church plans ‘Star Wars’ Christmas service

Berlin church plans ‘Star Wars’ Christmas service

6 German gifts to bring home for the holidays

6 German gifts to bring home for the holidays

Thief robs 43 families of Christmas duck dinner

Thief robs 43 families of Christmas duck dinner

‘Muslim’ Advent calendar causes Facebook fury

‘Muslim’ Advent calendar causes Facebook fury

Germany’s 7 quirkiest Christmas markets

Germany’s 7 quirkiest Christmas markets

Alternative Advent calendar puts fitness first

Alternative Advent calendar puts fitness first

Supermarket Christmas ad is surprise downer

Supermarket Christmas ad is surprise downer

Five foolproof steps to do Advent like a German

Five foolproof steps to do Advent like a German

6 ways Germany cashes in at Christmastime

6 ways Germany cashes in at Christmastime

8 things that prove it’s Christmas in Germany

8 things that prove it’s Christmas in Germany

Santa’s post office opens its doors for 2015

Santa’s post office opens its doors for 2015

Nuremberg elects angel to run Christmas market

Nuremberg elects angel to run Christmas market

‘Cursed’ Christmas Market catches fire

‘Cursed’ Christmas Market catches fire

Berlin’s FC Union swaps footy for carols

Berlin’s FC Union swaps footy for carols

Amazon pledge: Xmas pressies will arrive

Amazon pledge: Xmas pressies will arrive

British and German troops relive Xmas truce

British and German troops relive Xmas truce

Over half of Christmas trees carry pesticides

Over half of Christmas trees carry pesticides

Bird flu scare prompts pre-Xmas turkey cull

Bird flu scare prompts pre-Xmas turkey cull

Little chance of white Christmas in Germany

Little chance of white Christmas in Germany

Amazon workers kick off three-day strike

Amazon workers kick off three-day strike

To Santa, care of Himmelpfort post office

To Santa, care of Himmelpfort post office

A very Weltkrieg Christmas

A very Weltkrieg Christmas

German Christmas cookies to bake now

German Christmas cookies to bake now

Top ten gifts for a British Christmas abroad
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Top ten gifts for a British Christmas abroad

So much more than chocolate

So much more than chocolate

How to prepare for Christmas like a German

How to prepare for Christmas like a German

Merkel’s 1.5 tonne Xmas tree hits the road

Merkel’s 1.5 tonne Xmas tree hits the road

Top five quirky Christmas jumpers
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Top five quirky Christmas jumpers

Find your fabulous gift at Debenhams
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Find your fabulous gift at Debenhams

Higher retail forecast amid Christmas cheer

Higher retail forecast amid Christmas cheer

Germans say ‘bah humbug’ to early Xmas

Germans say ‘bah humbug’ to early Xmas

German retailers report poor Christmas

German retailers report poor Christmas

Ten ways to celebrate Christmas like a German

Ten ways to celebrate Christmas like a German

It’ll be windy (not white) this Christmas

It’ll be windy (not white) this Christmas

Motorists braced for Christmas traffic chaos

Motorists braced for Christmas traffic chaos

Christmas stress ’causes heart attacks’

Christmas stress ’causes heart attacks’

Germans fall out of love with Lebkuchen

Germans fall out of love with Lebkuchen

Customer bah humbugs Nikolaus delivery man

Customer bah humbugs Nikolaus delivery man

Bad knots ‘turn Xmas trees into killers’

Bad knots ‘turn Xmas trees into killers’

Your guide to German Christmas markets

Your guide to German Christmas markets

Nutcracker makers get ready for Christmas rush

Nutcracker makers get ready for Christmas rush

Germans set to spend €273 on Christmas gifts

Germans set to spend €273 on Christmas gifts

World’s biggest toy fair opens in Essen

World’s biggest toy fair opens in Essen

Hitler Youth songs found on Christmas carol CD

Hitler Youth songs found on Christmas carol CD

Bishop: Jesus would be your Facebook friend

Bishop: Jesus would be your Facebook friend

Millions plan to sell unwanted Christmas gifts

Millions plan to sell unwanted Christmas gifts

WWII Christmas cards delivered 71 years late

WWII Christmas cards delivered 71 years late

Last minute shoppers give high street boost

Last minute shoppers give high street boost

Festive prisons release 1,000 inmates

Festive prisons release 1,000 inmates

‘Dresden’s Christmas traditions are special’

‘Dresden’s Christmas traditions are special’

Germans lag behind on Christmas boozing

Germans lag behind on Christmas boozing

Businesses call for email-free Christmas

Businesses call for email-free Christmas

Behind the Christmas market holiday sparkle

Behind the Christmas market holiday sparkle

Santa’s helpers await Christmas wish lists

Santa’s helpers await Christmas wish lists

Dresden bakes giant holiday fruitcake

Dresden bakes giant holiday fruitcake

Wary consumers still splash cash at Christmas

Wary consumers still splash cash at Christmas

Gauck: solidarity the greatest Christmas gift

Gauck: solidarity the greatest Christmas gift

Kitsch and culture: Germany’s favourite Christmas songs

Kitsch and culture: Germany’s favourite Christmas songs

Shopkeepers worry about Christmas profits

Shopkeepers worry about Christmas profits

Books most popular gift this Christmas

Books most popular gift this Christmas

Germany has ‘mildest Christmas in decades’

Germany has ‘mildest Christmas in decades’

Bavarians build church out of snow

Bavarians build church out of snow

Christmas Eve lights in sky ‘probably meteor’

Christmas Eve lights in sky ‘probably meteor’

Mild weather melts last hope of white Christmas

Mild weather melts last hope of white Christmas

President avoids scandal in Christmas speech

President avoids scandal in Christmas speech

The German roots of the Christmas tree

The German roots of the Christmas tree

German Santa writes to thousands of good kids

German Santa writes to thousands of good kids

Celebrating a German Christmas down under

Celebrating a German Christmas down under

Boob job vouchers ‘not a good gift idea’

Boob job vouchers ‘not a good gift idea’

Saxony’s Christmas woodcarving tradition

Saxony’s Christmas woodcarving tradition

Retailers expect strong last-minute sales

Retailers expect strong last-minute sales

Most Germans won’t go to church this Christmas

Most Germans won’t go to church this Christmas

White Christmas likely in southern Germany

White Christmas likely in southern Germany

Germany’s weirdest Christmas markets

Germany’s weirdest Christmas markets

‘Joseph of Nazareth’ takes Nativity to Twitter

‘Joseph of Nazareth’ takes Nativity to Twitter

‘Bad Santa’ poisons girl at Christmas market

‘Bad Santa’ poisons girl at Christmas market

Apple fights to save Christmas sales

Apple fights to save Christmas sales

Christmas market visitors poisoned

Christmas market visitors poisoned

Step back in time at ye merry olde Christmas market

Step back in time at ye merry olde Christmas market

Holiday jeer for ‘ugliest’ German Christmas tree

Holiday jeer for ‘ugliest’ German Christmas tree

Mulled wine sales collapse in warm weather

Mulled wine sales collapse in warm weather

Germans plan thrifty Christmas this year

Germans plan thrifty Christmas this year

Government doubles civil servants’ Christmas bonuses

Government doubles civil servants’ Christmas bonuses

German army celebrates Christmas in Afghanistan

German army celebrates Christmas in Afghanistan

Wulff calls for tolerance in Christmas speech

Wulff calls for tolerance in Christmas speech

Socks again for Christmas? You may be stuck with them

Socks again for Christmas? You may be stuck with them

Germany gets a slushy Christmas Eve

Germany gets a slushy Christmas Eve

Retailers expect booming Christmas trade

Retailers expect booming Christmas trade

‘White Christmas’ likely across much of Germany

‘White Christmas’ likely across much of Germany

Bread like baby Jesus? A brief history of German Christmas sweets

Bread like baby Jesus? A brief history of German Christmas sweets

The Local’s tips for holiday baking in Germany

The Local’s tips for holiday baking in Germany

The Best of Berlin in December

The Best of Berlin in December

Family covers house with impressive holiday light display

Family covers house with impressive holiday light display

Santa’s post office opens in Himmelpfort – every letter to be answered

Santa’s post office opens in Himmelpfort – every letter to be answered

Christmas tree prices remain stable

Christmas tree prices remain stable

Germans set to spend more on holiday shopping this year

Germans set to spend more on holiday shopping this year

Santa’s post office opens in Himmelpfort ahead of Christmas

Santa’s post office opens in Himmelpfort ahead of Christmas

Grassroots effort boosts religion classes in Berlin

Grassroots effort boosts religion classes in Berlin

Retailers have a happy Christmas after all

Retailers have a happy Christmas after all

Köhler says financial crisis can be beat in Christmas speech

Köhler says financial crisis can be beat in Christmas speech

A very Portnoy Christmas

A very Portnoy Christmas

Traditional Christmas recipes

Traditional Christmas recipes

Wintry weather could bring white Christmas

Wintry weather could bring white Christmas

Politicians demand Christmas church pews be saved for tithers

Politicians demand Christmas church pews be saved for tithers

Chocolate-wielding Germans target Santa

Chocolate-wielding Germans target Santa

German Christmas cake theft sparks data scare

German Christmas cake theft sparks data scare

German pope gets special Bavarian Christmas delivery

German pope gets special Bavarian Christmas delivery

Selling Yuletide cheer at German Christmas markets

Selling Yuletide cheer at German Christmas markets

Thieves nick St. Nikolaus presents

Thieves nick St. Nikolaus presents

Singing Santas square off

Singing Santas square off

Vendor sells all-natural dildos at Hamburg Christmas market

Vendor sells all-natural dildos at Hamburg Christmas market

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Germany’s best Christmas markets

The Local’s guide to German Christmas markets

The Local’s guide to German Christmas markets

Berlin job agency reports Santa deficit

Berlin job agency reports Santa deficit

More than ten million will buy Christmas presents online

More than ten million will buy Christmas presents online

The Grinch who stole Weihnachten

The Grinch who stole Weihnachten

O Tannenbaum, your price is so uninviting!

O Tannenbaum, your price is so uninviting!

Santa’s post office opens in Himmelpfort

Santa’s post office opens in Himmelpfort

Cologne’s famous Christmas market cancelled amid coronavirus concerns

Cologne’s famous Christmas market cancelled amid coronavirus concerns