Countdown to Christmas: A tree to rule them all in Dortmund

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Countdown to Christmas: A tree to rule them all in Dortmund

by: Genevieve Northup | .
Stripes Europe | .
published: December 22, 2016

Today's Countdown to Christmas feature is sponsored by Karl + Co.

Dortmund's remarkable Christmas tree structure is composed of 1,700 evergreens rising 15 stories above Hansaplatz. Nearly 50,000 lights are necessary to fully illuminate the tree at night — a spectacular sight that is visible for several blocks. The tree isn't the only thing that's big; this market has more than 300 stands and a stage with daily performances.

Christmas market dates: Nov. 17-Dec. 30, 2016, except Nov. 20 and Dec. 25. The market is only open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas Eve. 

Location: Hansaplatz

Helpful hints: The market is a 10-minute walk from the main train station and is near the Reinoldikirche, Westentor and Stadtgarten-2 U-Bahn stations. Christmas workshops for children are typically fully booked in advance; ask at the Christmas Village if there are any last-minute openings.

Beyond the market: Near the fest, Zum Alten Markt is a cozy tavern serving regional specialties and beers. Stop in at the two malls and a large TK Maxx store, all close to the market, if you still have holiday shopping to finish.

Take the hop-on-hop-off bus to explore the city in under two hours; the bus does not run Dec. 24-25. 

Check back tomorrow to find out which European Christmas markets will be featured next as we continue our Countdown to Christmas!

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Read more about Europe's holiday season in the Stripes European Christmas Markets & Shopping Guide

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