Christmas Markets 2010 in Germany

Christmas is only 35 days away for Germans observing the celebration on Dec 24th. Christmas markets are about to start again in and a few are as early as this coming Sunday 21 Nov, such as the one held in the Franconian castle Schloss Zeilitzheim.

Most others start on the First Advent, 28 November 2009. The big town markets run for four weeks all the way up to Christmas Eve, whereas the small towns usually have it for a few days only (Thu – Sun) as it is in our town of Oberursel/Taunus (25 – 28 November).

Whether you are a new expat to Germany or have been living here for a while, Christmas market hopping does not get boring with the help of mulled wine and Bratwurst. Visiting a nearby Christmas market is one of the nicest things to do with your family on these otherwise quiet Sundays.

If you are not in Germany, but dream of visiting here during pre-Christmas time, then take a look at the following comprehensive websites to help your dreams along. This site is frequently updated and by now holds more than 2530 Christmas-related events.

List of German Christmas Markets

Applefest at FIS Oberursel

Sunday, 24 October
12:00 – 16:00
FIS Waldlust Campus

Button up your fall jackets and join Frankfurt International School (FIS) on Sunday for one of the largest, fun-filled family events – Applefest!

Here are just a few of things you and your family can expect to find at the Sunday celebration:

• Games – Endless fun for the kids, including a bouncy castle, face painting, sack race, tin can alley, soccer shoot-out, putting green, crafts and more. New this year to the event is the Apple Rally, a fact-finding adventure for kids to learn more about the numerous FIS service groups running the booths at the festival.

• Food & Drink – Sample tasty apple wine, fresh pressed apple juice, caramel apples, quiche, baked goods and other harvest delights. Plus, brats, burgers, pizza and beer.

• Bake Sale and Contest – Whip up your favorite apple-themed recipe and enter our baking contest to win fabulous prizes. Or just contribute a baked item for the bake sale to help Earth Rescue benefit endangered wolves.

• Live Entertainment – Enjoy music on the main stage featuring Celtic folk band Flahulach and the FIS Jazz Band.

• Arts & Crafts Vendor Market – Stroll through the vendors’ market where you will find Polish pottery, pashminas from Nepal and Tibet, jackets and rugs from India, books, French linens, paintings, jewelery, and much more.

• Dunk Tank – What Applefest would be complete without the opportunity to soak  teachers and administrators in the Dunk Tank?

Free shuttle service will be available from the parking lots of Edeka and Rolls Royce (both on Hohemarkstr.) to the FIS campus on a continual basis throughout the fest. Please DO NOT attempt to park at the school!

FIS is looking forward to seeing you for Applefest this Sunday!

Eurovision Song Award goes to Germany

In the 55th year of the Eurovision Song Contest, Germany has claimed the prize for the second time. The last time Germany had won was 28 years ago with Nicole contributing her song Ein bisschen Frieden.

Back then it was still called the Grand Prix d’Eurovision de la Chanson. We just used to call it the Grand Prix for short.

Lena, the 19-year-old artist, had gotten herself well prepared with an English tutor. A bit of credit should also go to him/her as I found her pronunciation to be excellent, at least to my ears.

On a slightly different note, Lena’s hometown of Hannover, is supposed to be the home of the High German language (but often disputed).

Click here to see the list of participating countries and their ranking along with a series of photos on

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