November - December

6 November - Leonhardifahrt (St. Leonhard Horse Procession)  in Bad Tölz

This major procession honours St. Leonard, and features townsfolk dressed in traditional garments, as well as brass bands and flower-festooned horse carts. Most famous version of this is in Bad Tölz. More about St. Leonhard Horse Procession

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11 November - St. Martins's day (Sankt Martinstag)

St. Martin’s day on 11th November is the day we remember Martin of Tours. In Bavaria children and families the state over eagerly await the coming of evening for it is then that, dressed in their warmest clothes and with glowing St. Martin’s lanterns held high, they process through their towns and villages singing traditional St. Martin’s songs before returning home to a sumptuous dinner of St. Martin’s goose. More about St. Martin’s day traditions

Christkindlmarkt (christmas markets in Bavaria)

Traditional german christmas markets are becoming more and more famous amoung tourists. Just think about the world famous Nuremberg Christkindlsmarkt, the mulled wine (Glühwein), the gingerbread (Lebkuchen) and all the other typical stuff. Most christmas markets in Bavaria start in the last week of November and last until two or three days before Christmas Eve. Click here for more information about Bavarian christmas markets

Christmas time

We have compiled lots of information about the Bavarian christmas customs, christmas markets (Christkindlmärkte) - St Nicholas Day - "Klausen-Treiben" in the Allgäu - Gun salutes in the Berchtesgadener Land - "Raunächte" - "Perchten" and "Holzmandl" - Christmas biscuits - here you get to our  christmas customs and recipes page.

"Sylvester" and New Years Eve

As the last vestiges of Christmas goose are finished up it’s time to get ready to welcome in the New Year. In Bavaria, however you choose to celebrate you will find something just tailor-made for you. “Sylvester” - the German term for New Year’s Eve that comes from the fact that the 31st December is St. Sylvester’s day – is celebrated with festivities of all sizes from large gala dinners and balls to local festivities in cities, towns and villages across the state. Wherever you choose to see in the New Year sparkling wine and fireworks are bound to feature prominently.  Find here detailed information about customs and traditons in Bavaria at New Year and New Years eve


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St Leonhard Procession in Bad Tölz © Archiv Tölzer Land Tourismus