The 5 Best Things About Christmas Markets!

| December 21, 2014

Advent season in Germany truly is the most wonderful time of the year.  Everyone gathers at Christmas markets to eat, drink, and be merry.  Here are 5 of the best things about Christmas Markets (aka Weihnachtsmarkt, Christkindlmarkt, and other traditional names).

The atmosphere: Nothing will give you the Christmas spirit like walking down Fachwerk-lined streets, amidst hot drinks and laughter and ornaments and lights and cookies and nutcrackers and carolers...it is just plain special

The Atmosphere: Nothing will give you the Christmas spirit like walking down Fachwerk-lined streets, amidst hot drinks and laughter and ornaments and lights and cookies and nutcrackers and carolers…it is just plain special

gluhwein market germany hot mulled cider

Glühwein – hot, spiced mulled wine.  They give you a little mug of wine and might ask for a deposit (Pfand) that they return when you turn in your mug. You’ve pretty much paid for the mug, though, so keeping it as a souvenir is perfectly okay.  Some towns have their own mugs–we collect them as souvenirs of markets we visit.  They might have pictures of the town painted or etched on them; some are boots, others regular mugs; some are ceramic, others frosted, others clay.  Glühwein isn’t the only hot Christmas drink, though.  Do yourself a favor: get a shot of apple (Apfel) Glühwein with whipped cream (Sahne), or a Heisse Oma: hot chocolate with amaretto (and don’t forget that Sahne).   You’re welcome.

hameln christmas market

The Pyramids: All of the decorations of a Christmas Market are beautiful, but I love the unique town centerpiece pyramids, often depicting a nativity scene theme.

medieval weihnachtsmarkt castle schonseerland treats

The Food: Sweets, nuts, bratwurst, cookies, and regional treats await you every few steps.

Vendors – If you’re just looking for “something to take home”, you’ll have no problem.  Gifts for friends in America?  Many choices.  If you’re looking for something specific, you might need to shop around at different markets, but that's not a bad thing!  Fortunately, larger markets offer brochures and maps on the street, at vendors, and online.

Vendors: If you’re just looking for “something to take home”, you’ll have no problem.  Gifts for friends in America?  Many choices.  If you’re looking for something specific, you might need to shop around at different markets, but that’s not a bad thing!  Fortunately, larger markets offer brochures and maps on the street, at vendors, and online.

There are about 8 million more reasons to love Christmas Markets, so get to one now!

 

 

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About the Author ()

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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