Christmas in German-Speaking Europe
Select today’s date or any available date in our special German Advent calendar below to see the Christmas Fact of the Day. Special days in December are indicated by a red number. Note: Our calendar begins on December 1.
Learn more about Christmas (Weihnachten, VYE-NAHK-TEN) in Austria, Germany and Switzerland via our special Advent calendar and the Christmas Fact of the Day. Clicking on a window of this Advent calendar reveals the Christmas fact for that day. During the four weeks of Advent you’ll learn 24 facts about the Christmas celebration in German-speaking Europe. You’ll discover how many of the Christmas customs in the English-speaking world (and elsewhere) have come from Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. But there are also some customs that are still unique to Europe.
More on The German Way
Advent in Germany
About the Advent celebration leading up to Christmas
For more about Christmas in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland see the “Related Pages” links below.
CALENDAR IMAGE: Gendarmenmarkt Christmas market in Berlin. © Hyde Flippo
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AT THE GERMAN WAY
- Christmas from A to Z – German Christmas traditions and terms
- Photo Gallery: Christmas in Germany – Berlin – A visual tour of Christmas markets and other December sights in Berlin
- Christmas in the USA and Germany– A comparison chart
- German Christmas Carols – Popular carols with lyrics in German and English
- Barbarazweig – The legend and the Christmas custom
- Epiphany and the Sternsinger – January 6 in the Germanic Christmas tradition
- Erntedank (“harvest thanksgiving”) or Erntedankfest in Germany and Austria is different from the American Thanksgiving tradition.
- St. Nicholas – The many German St. Nicks
- Thomas Nast created the modern Santa image.
- The Christmas Pickle Ornament – Fact or fiction?
- Silent Night (Stille Nacht) – Our “Silent Night” page has the true story and related links.
- Holidays and Celebrations in Austria, Germany and Switzerland
- Glass Ornaments – a history