As the enticing aroma of mulled wine and roasted almonds embraces the glimmering, beautifully lit Prinzipalmarkt, weaving its way through the festively decked shopping streets, it’s clear that Münster’s most thrilling time of year has arrived. Hosting five charming Christmas markets with some 300 stalls, the Old Town is transformed into a wintery fairytale paradise from the 23 November until 23 December.

Under a twinkling canopy of lights, the Town Hall’s inner courtyard is home to the largest of Münster’s five Christmas markets, with lovingly crafted jewellery and delicate ornaments standing alongside a plethora of culinary delicacies. At the foot of the impressive St. Lamberti church and surrounded by magnificent gabled houses, the traditional pitched-roof stalls at the St. Lamberti Lights Market shimmer under the glow of the 20-metre-tall Christmas tree.