Sankt Wendel: a Medieval Christmas Market Filled with Surprises

| September 17, 2014

Located out of the way between Kaiserslautern and France, is St. Wendel, which hosts an adorable and unique medieval Weihnachtsmarkt each December.  Among the unique attractions: tubing down snow trucked in from the Alps, and a live enactment of the Christmas Story–camels and all.

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We went on too warm a day for there to be much snow – It was 50 degrees!

Meanwhile, a fire show and fairy-like creatures wandered the streets, and Santa was scheduled to visit each day.

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As a part of the Christmas Story, the Three Wise Men rode the camels through town and into the nativity scene, where they eventually found Mary and Joseph.  Remember this phrase in case you’re approached to offer space for them to sleep: “Kein Platz.”  (“No room” [at the inn])

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There were ample vendors, selling handcrafted medieval fair items along with traditional Christmas market items.  Some of the medieval market wares are crafted right before your eyes during demonstrations by the medievally-costumed vendors.  Kiosks served plenty of Glühwein, Flammkuchen, Wurst, and other market foods.  Carolers sang, and random activities took place throughout the day and evening.  However, one must stay alert and not take for granted what internet sites might give as a schedule.  I don’t know if Santa visited while we were in town, but I know that he was at neither of the main Weihnachtsmarkt areas–the medieval section or the Marktplatz–during the time that showed online.  No one around town (working the market or just visiting) seemed to know if or when he would be showing up.  Santa is said to show up with live reindeer, which would be very cool to see!

The beautiful giant Christmas pyramid in town featured miniature scenes in its base

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and an entire street was dedicated to miniature nativity scenes…

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while large wooden nutcrackers and other Christmas friends were scattered between the two sections of market.

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Additionally for the kids, there was a small carousel, archery and other medieval activities, a nativity scene with live animals to pet, and camels to visit when the live Christmas story was not taking place.

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For a small town in what I thought was the middle of nowhere, Sankt Wendel’s market was packed in the evening.  If you’re in the area, this is a fun one to visit.  It’s not huge, but they pack a lot into their little streets–there aren’t many markets where you’ll find snow from the Alps, a live Christmas story, a fire show, a medieval theme…this town has it all!

sankt Wendel christmas marketWhat we brought home: Sequoia purchased a felt purse and we both brought home ceramic items.  I regret not buying an iron piece.

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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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