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Dec 07, 2018 01:51 PM IST | Economy

Popular Christmas markets open again in Germany

Germany's popular Christmas markets are back in business, and the Gluehwein is flowing in Heidelberg's old town — under the city's landmark castle.

Spread across several city squares, Heidelberg's Christmas market offers some 140 stalls along with an ice rink and a carrousel for children. The market is open well into the evening through December 22.

Christmas markets large and small are a feature of most German cities during Advent. Heidelberg's is one of the most picturesque, with the illuminated castle presiding over the festivities.

Traditional offerings include gingerbread hearts, often emblazoned with Christmas messages.

A pyramid and an illuminated statue are seen at the traditional Christmas market in Heidelberg, Germany. The Christmas market In the Old Town of Heidelberg underneath the famous castle is one of most picturesque christmas markets in southern Germany. Tuesday, December 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
A pyramid and an illuminated statue are seen at the traditional Christmas market in Heidelberg, Germany. The Christmas market In the Old Town of Heidelberg underneath the famous castle is one of most picturesque christmas markets in southern Germany. Tuesday, December 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
People pay a visit to the traditional Christmas market with a turning pyramid in Heidelberg, Germany. Tuesday, December 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
People pay a visit to the traditional Christmas market with a turning pyramid in Heidelberg, Germany. Tuesday, December 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
A pyramid and an illuminated statue are seen at the traditional Christmas market in Heidelberg, Germany. Tuesday, December 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
A pyramid and an illuminated statue are seen at the traditional Christmas market in Heidelberg, Germany. Tuesday, December 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
People pay a visit to the traditional Christmas market in Heidelberg, Germany. The market is open well into the evening through December 22. Tuesday, December 4, 2018.  (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
People pay a visit to the traditional Christmas market in Heidelberg, Germany. The market is open well into the evening through December 22. Tuesday, December 4, 2018.  (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
The Old Bridge and the castle in background are seen on the way to the traditional Christmas market in Heidelberg, Germany. Tuesday, December 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
The Old Bridge and the castle in background are seen on the way to the traditional Christmas market in Heidelberg, Germany. Tuesday, December 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
Lights shine in front of the castle at the traditional Christmas market in Heidelberg, Germany. Tuesday, December 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
Lights shine in front of the castle at the traditional Christmas market in Heidelberg, Germany. Tuesday, December 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
People use an ice rink at the traditional Christmas market in Heidelberg, Germany. The Christmas market In the Old Town of Heidelberg underneath the famous castle is one of most picturesque christmas markets in southern Germany. Tuesday, December 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
People use an ice rink at the traditional Christmas market in Heidelberg, Germany. The Christmas market In the Old Town of Heidelberg underneath the famous castle is one of most picturesque christmas markets in southern Germany. Tuesday, December 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
Gingerbread hearts are seen at the traditional Christmas market in Heidelberg, Germany, Tuesday. December 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
Gingerbread hearts are seen at the traditional Christmas market in Heidelberg, Germany, Tuesday. December 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
People pay a visit to the traditional Christmas market in Heidelberg, Germany. Tuesday, December 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
People pay a visit to the traditional Christmas market in Heidelberg, Germany. Tuesday, December 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
A girl sits on the ground as she takes part in a Christmas story telling performance at the traditional Christmas market in Heidelberg, Germany. Tuesday, December 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
A girl sits on the ground as she takes part in a Christmas story telling performance at the traditional Christmas market in Heidelberg, Germany. Tuesday, December 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
A man dressed as Santa Claus walks up and down in a small house waiting for customers to be photographed with at the traditional Christmas market in Heidelberg, Germany. Tuesday, December 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
A man dressed as Santa Claus walks up and down in a small house waiting for customers to be photographed with at the traditional Christmas market in Heidelberg, Germany. Tuesday, December 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
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