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Fairy Lights and Christmas Magic

Christmas Markets in the Stuttgart Region

During the weeks of Advent the Stuttgart Region is bathed in a special yuletide glow. Nearly 300 nostalgic Christmas markets attract visitors to enjoy a leisurely stroll around and generally get in the mood for Christmas.

Ludwigsburg Baroque Christmas Market 
More than 180 stalls at the Ludwigsburg Baroque Christmas Market, which will be held from 24th November to 22nd December 2020, will fulfil every Christmas wish: glove puppets and music boxes, antique and modern Christmas tree decorations and much more besides are on offer. In addition to the traditional Christmas Market food, there are also Swabian specialities to delight the palate, such as Schupfnudeln (potato noodles) and "Holzofendinnede" – a delicacy similar to tarte flambée, baked in a wood-fired oven. The gingerbread at the Ludwigsburg Baroque Christmas Market is traditionally served fresh from the oven.
The illuminations are no less special than the arrangement of the stalls, which reflects in this miniature yuletide town the symmetry and straight lines of Ludwigsburg's streets and the gardens of its famous Baroque palace. In the evenings there's atmospheric music to round off the day. The Christmas Market is open daily from 11 am to 9 pm. 
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Esslingen Christmas and Medieval Market
At Esslingen's Medieval and Christmas Market, from 24th November to 22nd December 2020, merchants in historical costumes will peddle their wares just as they did hundreds of years ago. Dyers, felters, blacksmiths and glass blowers will demonstrate traditional crafts, and stilt walkers, jugglers, fire eaters and minstrels disport themselves around the more than 200 stalls. The concert of medieval music in St. Paul's Cathedral and the atmospheric backdrop of timbered houses and romantic alleyways are what make Esslingen's Christmas and Medieval Market an experience second to none. There's also lots to discover at the various workshops, where visitors can learn the old market language, find out how to smoke food, take part in a stick-fighting course or produce their own tinder. The main highlight will take place on 21st December at the winter solstice, when visitors and market traders alike join in the popular torchlight procession up to the castle. Once they get there, the fire show begins and the winter is welcomed with drums and song. The Christmas Market and Medieval Market are open daily from 11 am to 8.30 pm, on Fridays and Saturdays even until 9.30 pm. Since 2018 Esslingen can pride itself on the title "Best Christmas City" – Germany's loveliest Christmas town. In the category for medium-sized towns (20,000 to 100,000 inhabitants) Esslingen was awarded first place by a jury of experts consisting of the Christmasworld trade fair, the Bundesvereinigung City- und Stadtmarketing Deutschland e.V. (bcsd) and the Public Marketing trade journal. 
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Other Christmas Markets in the Stuttgart Region:
•    Bad Wimpfen
•    Böblingen        
•    Fellbach        
•    Göppingen        
•    Kirchheim/Teck    
•    Reutlingen    
•    Schwäbisch Gmünd
•    Schwäbisch Hall     
•    Schorndorf    
•    Waiblingen

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