Saturday, December 4, 2010

Christmas Markets

The best part of the Christmas season in Germany is the myriad of Christmas markets (Weihnachtsmärkte)  that pop up all of the country. In the larger cities, like Heidelberg, the Christmas market is set up at the end of November, open each day until around 9 or 10 pm, and shut down a day before Christmas. In larger towns the stands tend to be operated by corporations for profit. In the smaller towns and villages, the Christmas market takes place on one or two weekends. The stands tend to be run by local organizations who take the chance to earn money for their local activities.

Both types of Christmas markets offer waffles (my absolute favorite!); the traditional Christmas drink of hot, spiced red wine called Glühwein; and piping hot, fresh sausages. Depending on the size of the market, the entertainment is either semi-professional, home grown, or non-existent.

While S&D were in town for Thanksgiving, we spent a little bit of time enjoying the Heidelberg Christmas market. The entire city is decorated, especially the main pedestrian street.

And, of course, we introduced D to the wonder that is Glühwein.

We also introduced him to Döner, but that’s worth an entire blog entry itself.

Last weekend our little village hosted our Christmas market. There were a number of little stands, mostly run by local organizations. Entertainment was taken care of by a choir of accordion players passionately playing out Christmas songs.

It seemed like the entire village was out to enjoy the music, food and Glühwein. The Mr. and I included.



Teresa said...

Happy happy kids! Yay!

Pickles and Onions said...

Totally- the Christmas season here is fabulous

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