Winter brings out its best side on the river Elbe, and never more so than at the 581st Striezelmarkt and traditional festivals. But that’s not all – Dresden has a legion of spectacular, shimmering opportunities in the run-up to Christmas and the New Year.

The traditional Striezelmarkt, Germany’s oldest Christmas market, promises an inimitable atmosphere in the heart of Dresden’s baroque Altstadt, where Christmas cheer is celebrated from 26 November until 24 December 2015, promising local artisan crafts, tasty treats, irresistible gifts – and the many festivals at the Striezelmarkt. The 22nd Stollenfest on 5 December is an irrefutable highlight, as the giant Stollen cake, more than four metres in length and weighing several tons, will be cut!