They seem to pop up on the all the streets of major towns, villages and cities of Germany during the Four weeks proceeding Christmas Day.
They are also known as Christkindlmarkt and Christkindlesmarkets.
Generally held on the town square and adjacent streets, the market sells food, drink, seasonal crafts and wares all from wooden open air stall. (Often resembling little chalets)
Much singing, dancing and spectacular ornamental decorative holiday displays are also part of the attraction that draws in local residents as well as visitors from around the world.
However, they were so enticing that a priest in the early 1600’s complained that he could not hold the afternoon service on Christmas Eve because no one attended!
I love visiting the markets atmosphere in the chilly month of December, especially in the evening.
Inviting people to bundle up, dress the children and enjoy the season outside in a very social setting.
The experience is further enhanced by the aromas of hot chestnuts, grilled sausages and other tasty treats.
One of the most popular stalls are the ones selling Gluwein.
A traditional spiced wine served in a commemorative mug and steaming hot!
What a wonderful sensation – on a cold winter’s night.
I find no better way to get into the spirit of the Holiday season than making a trip to the German Christmas Market and absorbing the spirit and energy found there.