Sure, airports across the country and the globe get into the holiday spirit with lights, trees, and decorations, but that’s usually it. There is at least one airport over in Germany that takes it to the next level, as one of the country’s famous Christmas markets makes an appearance outside the terminals.
All the holiday stuff goes down at the Munich Airport Center, as they’ve been enjoying their own version of a Christmas market amidst the arrivals and departures. Holiday stuff includes at least 50 different vendors, 400 Christmas trees, Bavarian curling, and even an ice skating rink—with free skate rentals.
We’re not saying you should plan a lengthy layover during the holiday season, but it might just be worth spending an extra hour or so at the airport. Live entertainment rounds out the offerings, and gives you something to listen to when gobbling up the seasonal delicacies—like German gingerbread—and downing mulled wine (look for the “Glühwein”).
The market began welcoming travelers and Münchners alike in November, and the seasonal shenanigans run through December 30. The market runs daily from 11am-9pm, but the winter fun doesn’t end once the market closes its doors for the season. The airport is also offering up special holiday tours that take place between December 22 and January 6—Merry Christmas live from the airport.