Christmas is a unique time. Some love it, others despise it.
For LGBT people, Christmas can be a wonderful time with their partner or their own extended family or even their family-of-choice.
Some people though find the commercialism of the UK Christmas experience wears out its welcome long before December 25.
We have the antidote.
Do Christmas – but just make it super-gay.
Forget Avenue Q this year and make your way to “Christmas Avenue” – the home of Cologne’s gorgeous gay and lesbian Christmas market.
Pack your bags and book your flights now because one of the world’s one and few only Gay and Lesbian Christmas markets is now officially open.
Perfect for picking up something rainbow for the tree, something super gay + LGBT for your home as well as fun and special gifts for your families-of-choice.
There is shopping, food and entertainment there. Check out the performance stage and programme of events happening at the far end of the market.
Of course while in Cologne, don’t forget to check out the world-class gay nightlife, restaurants, shops and bars you can find all through the city – and especially around the gay community’s “Bermuda Triangle”.
The Gay and Lesbian Christmas Market is open now in Cologne’s gay and lesbian “Bermuda Triangle” area in the centre of the city — between Schaafenstraße and Pilgrimstraße.
The market runs from now until the 23 December, everyday from noon to 10pm.
German National Tourist Office Cologne page [LGBT LINK]
MORE great Germany options
Germany is the home of Christmas markets and you can learn about how many there are and where you can visit them at the official German National Tourist Office website.
There is of course much more to whet your appetites in Germany – from the mega-clubbing of Berlin to nature to cultural pursuits of all kinds.
Those good people at German National Tourist Office are delighted to invite you to enter a prize draw for a free trip to Cologne next year. The prize includes return flights for two people, 2 nights at a city centre 4* hotel as well as a 3-day Cologne City Card for accessing all the best attractions and free city transport. To enter is easy: just click here. It’s free.