When I found an advertisement for short travels to various Christmas markets in Germany and showed it to the Auction Winner, we both found the idea wonderful. The travel advertised was already sold out, but we found us something else and off we went to Dresden in Saxony in Germany for the famous (apparently) Christmas market.
It's so weird. The advertisements always said "the famous Christmas market in Nürnberg/Dresden/Hamburg/Bremen/whatnot" and I've never heard of any of these. Sure, every town and every village makes its own Christmas market, but at what point is it famous? Hmm, I have no clue, really.
We went for three nights and had a great time. So the Christmas market in Dresden is famous and rightfully so. It was a lot nicer than the boring Christmas market at home. The arrangement of the booths and the overall atmosphere and the lighting... also there was a small orchestra and they played Christmas songs... I really enjoyed it all!
Herrnhuter Sterne, no chains of lights. The ones you see in the background are on a decorated house. It was a bit darker on this market, but I liked it. The booths offered more traditional products, of course all handmade. (Sorry for the blurry picture.)
We also went to the Dresdner Striezelmarkt, the most famous of them all. No pictures though, it was too narrow and we had too much to do eating. Oh, all the yummy food! Really, I think most of the booths were either selling food (sweet or savory, whatever you want) or Christmas decorations. A huge Christmas tree stands in the middle, full of lights.
We went to a medieval market, too. They were selling yummy foods nowhere else available and medieval products of all sorts. You could shoot arrows with a bow or a crossbow. On weekdays the entry was free, but they charge on weekends. Probably to keep the masses at bay, since it's located in between houses and can get crammed easily.
There are various markets across town, but the ones within Altstadt/old town were the best! The others were the usual commercial booths and lots to east and drink, the atmosphere was different. We didn't go to all of them as we figured the rest would be commercial and we can have all of that at home.
Our visit was during the week and it was crowded enough, so don't you even try going there on a weekend. While there maybe some events on Sundays, it will be super-crowded. If you can stand people (I can't), that might be all right. But do visit, it was great and everybody should go!