Celebrating German Holidays and Customs

Lydia Fulson - author

by: Lydia Fulson  /  Writer, Artist, Traveler, Granddaughter & Ever-Learning German Cook

Let's learn a bit about German holidays and customs and what it looks like to celebrate in Germany: the food, the fun, and the festivities! 

It's always a joy to bring special memories back to others. Maybe you will recognize a few of the traditional foods from your days in Germany with your family that bring back some of those memories!

Holidays in Germany are all full of beauty and delightful food and traditions.

Below you can find holidays and customs that we all know and love, like Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving. For fun, let's also include Valentine's Day, and, of course, Oktoberfest! Find delectable treats and dinner ideas for your very favorite time of year, whichever that may be! 

If you're looking to learn a little bit of holiday and custom history too, then you've come to the right place. I'm quite a history lover myself, and I must say that learning about these German celebrations was so fun! 

I learned lots of these traditions through my Oma as well, who grew up in northern Germany.

First, let's take a sneak peek at some of the staple German foods you'll find during these holidays:

Christmas was one of my favorite holidays to research. Not only is the food served during the time so lecker, but the events and markets were so beautiful to discover ... online that is, but I hope to see them in person one day!

You can imagine all of the authentic treats that are laid out on the dinner table! But most traditional of all, it wouldn't be a Christmas in Germany without ...

Mutti's Christmas Stollen Recipe ~ Quarkstollen!

How about Valentine's Day? It may not be an actual holiday, but there are a few great ideas for special surprise treats for your sweetheart! This one never fails.

Oma's German Torn Pancakes ~ Kaiserschmarrn!

Now for Oktoberfest! This is probably one of the biggest and best-known celebrations in Europe! Markets, games, tents, flags, and crowds of people so enthusiastic to celebrate their heritage together. How does one celebrate Oktoberfest with food? 

Pretzels, of course! Check out this German Pretzel Recipe (without lye): Oma's Soft Bavarian Laugenbrezel!

Pretzels are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Oktoberfest treats. BUT, no more spoilers! You'll have to keep scrolling and choose your holiday to see more of these delicious foods.

When it's time for dinner, get traditional with Oma's favorite combinations. Get her collection in Oma's German Dinners, which include salads, soups, entrees, and desserts!

Oma's German Dinners eCookbook

Take a peek at all Oma's eCookbooks. They make sharing your German heritage a delicious adventure!

To me, they are all worth trying. But since it would be a bit of a stretch to try them all at once ... make one or two, then next time, try something different from the list.

I hope you can find something you know that you and your guests will surely love. Even if you're just looking for some German celebratory history, you'll find it.

Alright! Get scrolling, jotting down, learning, cooking, and maybe even planning a holiday celebration with your loved ones. :)

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Meet with us around Oma's table, pull up a chair, grab a coffee and a piece of Apfelstrudel, and enjoy the visit.

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Holidays in Germany are all full of beauty and delightful food and traditions. Let's learn a bit about them together, and what it looks like to celebrate in Germany!

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