Kassel’s Fairy-Tale Themed Christmas Market

| October 13, 2014

After reading about the size of the Kassel Weihnachtsmarkt and its fairy tale theme, I was looking forward to this Christmas market more than any other during our Märchenstraβe road trip.  I was especially interested in the fairy tale theme and hoping to pick up something special to bring home from our trip.  I left with mixed feelings about this market.

My absolute favorite part of this market was the long department store Steiff window display of a winter scene.  It so wonderfully merged the wonder of children, the feeling of Christmas, and the nostalgia of old shop windows.

kassel christmas market steiff display

kassel steiff christmas market display

I did enjoy the fairy tale themes that we saw, with handmade fairy tale characters on display.  Each year brings a new fairy tale theme.  During our visit, the theme was “the Brother and the Sister”, but I did not notice evidence of this.  I would have liked to have seen more fairy tale presence.

The Brave Little Tailor

The Brave Little Tailor

Mother Holle

Mother Holle

There were a few good rides for the little ones.  As with most markets, these rides were geared toward toddlers through maybe 7 years old.  Since Sequoia was 5, this worked out well for us!

kassel christmas market ridekassel christmas market ride

The ferris wheel was huge, with a bit of a line to ride it.  Totally worth it for the views of the market.

kassel christmas market ferris wheel

From the ferris wheel, you could see Kassel in every direction

There was plenty of food and drink to go around, and it was all yummy.  There were a ton of  small wooden ornaments, pyramids and other Christmas decorations–they basically had what you find at any other Christmas market, perhaps in larger quantities.

This is a good-sized city, so downtown stretches kind of far.  In other words, this is not one compact Marktplatz market.  I was referring to a map of the kiosks and rides and I was still a little confused about where they were.  I was a little disappointed in the vendors; I expected more of a variety of handcrafted items, but I didn’t see a single thing that I couldn’t buy at a smaller market.

Parking was an absolute nightmare, so you should plan accordingly.  Seriously.  Nightmare.

What we brought home from Kassel: nothing.  I couldn’t find anything I really liked.  Well, I did buy a 5€  scarf, if that counts, but that’s because I was freezing my butt off.  I was disappointed about not being able to find “just the thing” for a fairy tale Christmas buy.    

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Kari Martindale is a writer and ESL instructor. She’s visited all 50 states and 37 countries, including many of the big cities of Europe and a ton of Christmas Markets. She spends her days straddling the fence between a sense of adventure and a sense of dread. She is married to what is clearly a patient man and has a daughter who, frustratingly, is just like her. Her academic and professional backgrounds are in linguistics and foreign languages. When she's not teaching ESL, she's writing. When she's not writing, she's thinking about her next trip.

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