Monday 24 November 2014

Christmas markets open across Europe

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BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 26: The annual Christmas market at Gendarmenmarkt stands illuminated in the city center on its opening day on November 26, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Christmas markets, with their stalls selling mulled wine, Christmas tree decorations and other delights, are an integral part of German Christmas tradition, and many of them opened across Germany today. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
FRANKFURT, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 26: The annual Christmas market illuminated in the city center on its opening day on November 26, 2012 in Frankfurt, Germany. Christmas markets, with their stalls selling mulled wine, Christmas tree decorations and other delights, are an integral part of German Christmas tradition, and many of them opened across Germany today. (Photo by Hannelore Foerster/Getty Images)
Visitors of the so-called Striezelmarkt crowd the 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. AFP PHOTO / ROBERT MICHAEL (Photo credit should read ROBERT MICHAEL/AFP/Getty Images)
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 eldest French Christmas markets. With over 300 market chalets, Strasbourg attracts over 1.6 million visitors during the Christmas season. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK HERTZOG (Photo credit should read PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images)
A ferris wheel is pictured at a Christmas market near Alexanderplatz in Berlin on November 27, 2012. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 26: Visitors look at Christmas decorations for sale at the Kaethe Wohlfahrt stand at the annual Christmas market at Gendarmenmarkt on its opening day on November 26, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Christmas markets, with their stalls selling mulled wine, Christmas tree decorations and other delights, are an integral part of German Christmas tradition, and many of them opened across Germany today. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
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. With over 300 market chalets, Strasbourg attracts over 1.6 million visitors during the Christmas season. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK HERTZOG (Photo credit should read PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images)
People visit Strasbourg's Christmas market, one of the largest and one of the eldest 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. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK HERTZOG (Photo credit should read PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images)
People visit Strasbourg's Christmas market, one of the largest and one of the eldest 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. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK HERTZOG (Photo credit should read PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images)
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. 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. AFP PHOTO / ROBERT MICHAEL (Photo credit should read ROBERT MICHAEL/AFP/Getty Images)
A girl ice-skates at a Christmas market near the Rotes Rathaus in Berlin on November 28, 2012. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 26: Visitors crowd the annual Christmas market at Gendarmenmarkt on its opening day on November 26, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Christmas markets, with their stalls selling mulled wine (Gluehwein), Christmas tree decorations and other delights, are an integral part of German Christmas tradition, and many of them opened across Germany today. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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