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From Stuttgart to Strasbourg, these are the holiday festivities not to miss.

Dresden, Germany

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Nothing says Christmas like a four-ton fruitcake. At least, that's the fervent opinion of the citizens of Dresden, who parade their supersize stollen through the city in early December. Accompanied by the Stollenmädchen, or "Fruitcake Maiden," the Saxon fruit loaf wends its way through the medieval streets before making its triumphal entry into the Striezelmarkt, where, surrounded by 230 glittering crafts stalls and a 46-foot "Christmas pyramid," the stollen is chopped into pieces that are inflicted upon the market-goers. Dresden's Striezelmarkt and its odd traditions date back to 1434, making it Germany's oldest continuously running Christmas market.

Look For: The best crafts Germany has to offer. Top artisans from across Saxony arrive bearing all sorts of regional specialties: wooden crafts from the Ore Mountains, blown glass from Lauscha, Blaudruck indigo prints from the Lusatia region, incense burners shaped like nutcrackers, and, of course, Dresden's own famed blue-and-white ceramics.

Dates: End of Nov.–Dec. 24

For More Info: dresden.de

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The Best Christmas Markets in Europe

Dresden, Germany

Nothing says Christmas like a four-ton fruitcake. At least, that's the fervent opinion of the citizens of Dresden, who parade their supersize stollen through the city in early December. Accompanied by the Stollenmädchen, or "Fruitcake Maiden," the Saxon fruit loaf wends its way through the medieval streets before making its triumphal entry into the Striezelmarkt, where, surrounded by 230 glittering crafts stalls and a 46-foot "Christmas pyramid," the stollen is chopped into pieces that are inflicted upon the market-goers. Dresden's Striezelmarkt and its odd traditions date back to 1434, making it Germany's oldest continuously running Christmas market.

Look For: The best crafts Germany has to offer. Top artisans from across Saxony arrive bearing all sorts of regional specialties: wooden crafts from the Ore Mountains, blown glass from Lauscha, Blaudruck indigo prints from the Lusatia region, incense burners shaped like nutcrackers, and, of course, Dresden's own famed blue-and-white ceramics.

Dates: End of Nov.–Dec. 24

For More Info: dresden.de

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The Best Christmas Markets in Europe

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Christmas markets are arguably one of the best parts about traveling to Europe in December. There's some sort of magic in the mulling spices of Munich's hot glühwein or the rum of Prague's vosí hnízda cookies. Europe boasts dozens of cities to enjoy the sights and smells of the season, be that by way of Brussels's croustillons (sugar doughnuts) or London's Great Christmas Pudding Race, an obstacle course in Covent Garden navigated while balancing fruitcakes on spoons.

Related: Europe's Best Winter Getaways

There's a lot of fun to be had, so read on for the full guide.

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