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22nd October 2015
6 Things To Do In Rhineland-Palatinate Whilst Waiting For Santa Claus
The romantic Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany lends itself perfectly to a pre-Christmas break. Here are just a few things to do whilst you're there.

Admire The Lights At The Mainz Cathedral

Mainz Christmas Market

In Mainz, you will become enchanted by the medieval magic found in the capital of Rhineland-Palatinate. At the entrance, a large, brightly illuminated pyramid will make the eyes of everyone, young and old, light up with joy. The Mainz Christmas market is set against the backdrop of the 1,000-year-old cathedral and lasts from November the 26th to December the 23rd 2015. Here, you will also find the Christmas village, situated in front of the Gutenberg Museum. With its bonfires and cosy wine huts, it invites you to enjoy a leisurely get-together.

Explore The Waldbreitbach Christmas Village

The Christmas Village of Waldbreitbach lasts from November 29th, 2015 to February 1st, 2016. This very special village is in the Guinness Book of records, thanks to the fact that it features the world’s biggest Nativity scene, made out of tree roots. In addition, the giant star of Bethlehem and enormous Christmas wreath will have you in the mood for celebrating in the days before Christmas. If you haven’t yet had your fill of Nativity scenes, you can have a look at more than 2,200 examples at the International Crib Museum.

Spend A Peaceful Advent On The Vulkan Express

Vulkan Express

To inspire that perfect festive feeling, the Vulkan Express allows you to escape the hectic Christmas season and experience the wintery nature of Rhineland-Palatinate. This old, narrow gauge steam train chugs its way into the snowy Eifel Mountains to reveal stunning scenery all around. On St. Nicholas Day, you may even be joined by Santa as he spreads joy by giving away goodie bags to all the children who made the ‘nice’ list. On special Advent weekends (November 28-29 and December 4-6, 12-13), you can also ride in a traditional carriage which has been lovingly restored.

Experience An Alternative Christmas Market In Traben-Trarbach

Have you ever been to a Christmas market underground? In Traben-Trarbach, you can get the Christmas shopping done differently, as you venture into the maze of tunnels that make up the town’s former wine cellars. When there is snow outside and temperatures drop, the Moselle Wine Market in Traben-Trarbach will spirit you away to a breathtaking underground environment. Not only will you be able to sample some traditional wines and food from the region, there will also be a host of artisan products and gifts for you to discover. The Weihnachtsmarkt, as it is known in German, takes place at the weekends from November 27th, 2015 to January 3rd, 2016.

Enjoy A Sparkling Sea Of Lights At The Uferlichter Festival In Bad Neuenahr


In Bad Neuenahr, thousands of lights will enchant you at the Uferlichter festival and a special midnight Christmas market. On weekends from December 4th until the 29th 2015, the Kurgarten Bridge on the River Ahr bursts into light and creates the most festive atmosphere you could imagine. Let yourself be delighted by the magical lights and decorations, enjoy regional specialties and linger at the stalls to find the perfect presents for your loved ones back home.

Dive Into The Festivities With Santa In Bernkastel-Kues

Santa Running

Situated in the Middle Moselle region, Bernkastel-Kues is a great place to spend some time in the run up to Christmas. From November the 21st until December the 20th, will you get to sample traditional stollen and mulled wine, whilst listening to the locals sing carols from the beautiful medieval houses. If you are looking for a particular weekend to go, there is none better than the 5th and 6th of December. On the Saturday, a procession of scuba divers with Santa hats on will accompany the man himself across the Moselle River. Then, on Sunday, Father Christmas is joined by drummers and trumpeters to spread festive cheer across the town.

If you would like to visit any of the German Christmas markets in these Romantic places during the run-up to Christmas, we can tailor-make the perfect trip. Call a member of our team today or submit an enquiry online.

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