During advent in Zurich, the city lights up like a Christmas tree. It's a magical place, with its market, circus, and of course, cheese fondue. And what better way to digest than a stroll through the brightly-lit city?
On December 25, 1643 Dutch seafarers sighted an island in the Indian Ocean. Its discovery at Christmas determined its name. And later another Christmas island was discovered in the Pacific Ocean.
A relieved Strasbourg prepared to reopen its popular Christmas market on Friday after French police shot dead the gunman who killed five people there in an attack.
This year, the Bethlehem nativity scene is modelled on St. Peter's Square from sand, which was specially delivered from the Adriatic town of Jesolo. An annual sand sculpture festival takes place there.
The Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg is one of Germany's oldest and most famous Christmas markets. DW's Hallie Rawlinson reports on her first visit there.
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