BERLIN/FRANKFURT – German cities were getting ready for festivities with Christmas paraphernalia on show in markets, town centers and government buildings around the country.
With Christmas less than a month away, Germany was in full festive spirit as traditional Christmas markets replete with beautiful decorations, seasonal food and gifts opened their gates in Frankfurt.
In Berlin, Christmas trees dotted around the city in key locations were being decorated in preparation for the December festive season.
Workers livened up the Paul Lobe Haus of the Bundestag building in Berlin as they started to decorate the fir, as did rather more intrepid decorators who were hoisted up in a crane to decorate the majestic Christmas tree in front of the Brandenburg Gates at Pariser Platz.
The German Christmas festive season typically starts towards the end of Nov. with cities and towns embracing celebrations with the well-known Christmas markets and pretty decorations lighting up the dark evenings.