The German traditions of this day are similar to those around the globe. There are very few places where the Christmas markets reopen after Christmas - most terminate, as the tradition requires, by Christmas Eve or even earlier. The day after Christmas Day — der zweite Weihnachtstag, known as Boxing Day in Britain — is also a holiday in Germany. Today, it lives on in performances by neo-Nazi and far-right extremists in Germany—a chilling reminder that though the Nazis’ first war on Christmas failed, it could happen again one day.

Unlike the U.S., Germany celebrates two Christmas days, the 25th and the 26th. December 25: Christmas Day (Weihnachtstag) (N) Christmas Day is a public holiday in Germany and is celebrated on December 25.

Hello there . Christmas Traditions in Germany Advent customs, Saint Nicholas Day and Christmas Eve Favourite Christmas traditions in Germany include a visit to one of the various Christmas markets (Weihnachtsmarkt), baking yummy cookies, and decorating the home with candle arches, twigs and wooden pyramids. December 24 is technically a holiday, though some grocery stores are open in the morning; everything is closed on December 25 and 26. Europe - Christmas Holidays in Germany: what is closed, what is open? Same goes for December 26th, the “Zweiter Weihnachtstag” (second Christmas Day). The larger Christmas meal is served on Dec. 25th, and there is no “Boxing Day” on Dec. 26th.

In parts of Germany, it has its own local customs. Christmas in Germany doesn't last for one day but for three. Christmas day is a little different. One German Christmas custom the US has yet to adopt is the two-day celebration. December 25th in Germany is also known as “Erster Weihnachtstag” (first Christmas Day). This day is usually reserved for visiting close family that lives further away such as grandparents, aunts, and uncles. The colorful German Christmas market is among these traditions together with Santa, the decorated tree, and special dishes. Public transport runs on Sunday/holiday schedule during the Christmas holidays. The Three Kings Day, better known as Epiphany, is 6 January, the day after the 12 days of Christmas. Christmas in Munich, Germany Seasonal markets, glittering lights, mulled wine, and roast goose: T+L finds unexpected pleasures in the land of lederhosen. The Christmas holiday in Germany begins December 24th and ends on the 26th. Gifts are usually opened on the evening of the 24th. Christmas is celebrated on Christmas Eve and There is No “Boxing Day” in Germany Unlike in North America, many Germans celebrate the gift opening on Dec. 24th. By taking only one day's leave, employees can have a four-day weekend. Dresden boasts the most Christmas markets in the eastern region of Germany and it also hosts its oldest seasonal event, the Striezel Christmas Market which dates back to 1434. By Guy Trebay

On the 24th (Christmas Eve), most Germans work a half day and shops are open until the early afternoon. There are many other Christmas customs and traditions — national, regional, and local — unique to German-speaking Europe. The "atmosphere" in Germany happens during Advent, the four weeks BEFORE the actual Christmas holidays. - Hello - I realize this may be viewed as a stupid question but I will ask … Ascension Day (Christi Himmelfahrt) and Corpus Christi (Fronleichnam) are both always on Thursdays. For the last 2 years we have spent 23rd - 27th December in Amsterdam as we like to get away during Christmas, it's just me and my husband.. We go to Amsterdam because everything is open during these times - Christmas day is quite bustling on the streets and you wouldn't even realise it was Christmas day!