Every year in December, the hamlet of Wieda in the Harz region is transformed. Twenty life-sized manger scenes appear in gardens and garages, depicting the story behind the Christian Christmas festival, the birth of Jesus in a stable in Bethlehem.
In an evening of few surprises, German Schlager songstress Helene Fischer took home four of the renowned trophies, while singer-songwriter Joris garnered three. The gala highlighted German-language pop on an upswing.
The longest Stollen cake, the biggest nativity scene, the oldest market - in the run up to Christmas, Germany is gripped by the desire to break records. But do these spectacles really attract more visitors and money?
Amidst the twinkle of fairy lights and aromas of mulled wine and bratwurst, the terrorist attacks in Paris seem a long distance away. But its effects were felt during the first weekend of the Nuremberg Christmas market.
Cone-pickers at the foot of the Caucasus Mountains risk their lives collecting seeds for the native fir trees that adorn many a German living room at Christmas. Producers are now taking steps to improve safety.
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