There is no place like Hamburg, the vibrant metropolis on the Elbe river, where Christmas unveils an unparalleled variety of facets waiting to be explored by children and adults alike. December is the time of year when Hamburg sparkles in its best light. The festive season is celebrated with numerous Christmas markets and the air is filled with the smell of fir trees, roasted almonds and gingerbread. A total of 16 distinct markets grace the streets in the weeks leading up to Christmas, every single one unique in its own special way.