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It's officially time to start celebrating Christmas!!! The instructions for this post are to turn on some Christmas music and grab a cup of something warm. Never mind, you don't even need it. These pictures will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

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Y'all… Germany isn't kidding about Christmas. They are insane. I knew these “Christmas Markets” were going to be good when they started setting up in early November. But this, this is way more than I expected. The details, y'all. Not only are the wooden structures where they sell food, drinks, and trinkets beautiful, they are exquisite. Built with touches of real Christmas trees, lights, toys, holly, ribbon, some even have moving parts.

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Not only are there new structures set up, the whole town is decorated. Including the stores along the Hauptstrasse (Main street). The tree above is from inside Käthe Wohlfahrt. It's so incredible inside with literally 1,000s different kinds of Christmas ornaments and decorations. Technically, I wasn't supposed to take this picture. But… I'm a blogger.

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Since the Christmas Market in Heidelberg takes place just over the river from us (a short, 8 minute walk, yes, I timed it) we plan on going a lot. Like, every day. So far, we've been 3 out of the 4 days. And why not? Delicious food, Glüwein (warm, sweet, spicy wine), music, an ice skating rink, there are reasons enough to go everyday. gingerbread-heidelberg-christmas

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I am going to do a full post on what to eat- as well as what to skip. What to see, do, eat, drink, try, and more. But for now, here's a glimpse at the Heidelberg Christmas market.

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The above photo of the carousel was taken on my PHONE at night. Most of these are with my DSLR camera, but this just tells you how gorgeous this market is!

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I feel like I live in an actual Christmas wonderland. Even the trash cans are decorated. I mean… WHAT.

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I know the photo above isn't the best quality. BUT that castle lit up with Christmas town below? I can't help it.

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Now, I know what you're thinking: when can you visit? Good news. It goes until end of December, some Christmas markets in Germany extend until the beginning of January. So, who's coming to visit me?

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I will be of course documenting everything on Instagram: @heleneinbetween