Europe In Germany, a Christmas market of a different sort

The gay and lesbian Christmas market in Cologne may feature more hot pink and blue than red and green, but many say it is here that the true Christmas spirit remains alive.

By , Staff writer

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The twinkling stars shimmer in the trees above the Angel’s Christmas market in Cologne. In the shadow of the towering Cologne Cathedral, residents gobble down hearty potato pancakes with apple sauce. Across town at the Rudolfplatz market, visitors clutch hot mugs of mulled wine around stalls that resemble half-timber cottages.