30 Nov – 2 Dec — Nikolausmarkt in Geilenkirchen with traditional gifts, food, and wooden handcrafts. Open Friday from 1600-2200, Saturday from 1100-2200 with stores open until 2000, and Sunday from 1200-1800. On Saturday night, December 1st, at the Stadthalle, there will be a free Big Band concert, “Swingin’ X-mas,” at 1930. More information on the concert is at: http://www.ssbbigband.de/.
1-2 Dec — Ophoven-Wassenburg Adventsmarkt (east of Heinsburg). Open Saturday 1200-1900 and Sunday 1000-1900. This is the 20th annual Adventsmarkt in Ophoven to raise money for children with cancer. It’s known locally as the “Market with heart,” friendly for families and children, and giving back to the community. Full of beautiful crafts, this is one special event. There is a free shuttle bus from the Wassenburg park and ride to the Ophoven markt area.
2 December 1000-1900 — Nikolausmarkt in Gangelt with over 160 vendors and many shops open. St. Nikolaus will be there handing out fruit (oranges or apples) to the children and there will be live music. Parking can be a challenge, but there are over 2000 new parking places set aside for this day. Just look for signs when coming into the town. The market will be centered around the church and old town gates.
9 December from 1000-1900 Weinachtsmarkt in Waldfeucht — Assorted gifts, crafts, handwork, toys, and a children’s flea market.
Goslar – Nov 28- Dec 30- this place looks beautiful and the website is great. For a weekend or just a long day, it could be really special and out of the norm. The old town is a UNESCO world heritage site – more than 1000 years old for you history buffs!
- http://www.goslar.de/englisch/index.htm Look through this site. There is a lot of information – all in English – to explore. This definitely looks like a nice German town, off the beaten path, for us to explore!
- http://www.weihnachtswald.de This site is the Goslar “Christmas world” site that gives you all the information about the market. Unfortunately, it is only offered in German, but the dates and times are easy enough to make out towards the bottom and there is contact information as well.