Each year we try to visit a Christmas Market in Germany because they are always so festive. Market stalls are full of gifts to buy, ornaments and decorations that you might not see anywhere else. Then there are the food/drink stands with wonderful smells drifting through the air. Resisting the sausages, chocolate and more is impossible.
One of my favorites is the aroma (and taste) of Gluhwein,. In Germany this is a mulled wine traditionally made during the Christmas Holidays with red wine, cinnamon sticks, cloves, star aniseed, citrus, sugar and vanilla pods. After walking in the cold for a while nothing warms me right to the bone more than a cup of Gluhwein.
The photos below show some of the sites from Essen. Some are by day and others by night. I just wish I could include the sounds and smells too.