Our First Time at a German Christmas Market
After waiting nearly two years, we could finally go to a German Christmas market! And they did NOT disappoint! The twinkling lights, the aromas of candied almonds, hot Glühwein, snow, and beautiful handcrafted ornaments – it was everything we’d hoped it would be!
We Could FINALLY Go to the German Christmas Markets!
Even though we’ve lived in Germany for almost two years, this was the first Christmas season we were able to go to the Christmas markets! Last year all of the markets near us were cancelled in our area because of COVID. Bummer! So we had BIG plans this year to have an epic Christmas market experience, but well, life had other plans for us and we had to completely change our plans at the last minute. However, as you’ll see in the video, it all turned out just fine visiting our local market and the one in Salzburg.
German Christmas Market in the SNOW – Pure Magic!
Even though we’ve lived in Germany for almost two years, this was the first Christmas season we were able to go to the Christmas markets! Last year all of the markets near us were canceled in our area. Bummer! So we had BIG plans this year to have an epic Christmas market experience, but well, life had other plans for us, and we had to completely change our plans at the last minute. However, as you’ll see in the video, it all turned out just fine visiting our local market and the one in Salzburg.
What’s Special About German Christmas Markets?
German Christmas markets, or “Weihnachtsmärkte,” are one of the most beloved and unique features of the holiday season in Germany. These markets date back hundreds of years and are a treasured part of the country’s cultural heritage. There are several reasons why German Christmas markets are so special.
1 – A Magical Atmosphere
German Christmas markets are known for their cozy, festive atmosphere. They’re often set up in the town square or historic old town areas, with twinkling lights, Christmas decorations, and the smell of gingerbread and roasted nuts filling the air. There’s a sense of warmth and camaraderie as people gather to enjoy the holiday spirit.
2 – Shop for Unique, Hand-Crafted Items
Christmas markets offer a unique shopping experience, with vendors selling everything from handcrafted ornaments and toys to traditional German foods and drinks. It’s a great opportunity to find one-of-a-kind gifts and souvenirs to bring home. However, more and more vendors, especially in the big cities where Christmas market stall rents are VERY high, are selling cheap items made abroad.
3 – The Foods and Drinks are Delish!
German Christmas markets are famous for their delicious food and drinks. Visitors can enjoy treats like roasted chestnuts, gingerbread, Stollen (a traditional German fruit cake), and hearty sausages. And of course, there’s the warm, spiced wine known as Glühwein, which is a staple at every market. Each area of Germany can sell slightly different foods as well, so it’s fun to see which items are local specialities.
4 – Live Entertainment
German Christmas markets offer a wide range of entertainment options, from live music and carol singers to puppet shows and craft workshops. There’s something for everyone to enjoy, whether you’re looking to relax and take in the holiday spirit or get involved in the festivities.
Overall, German Christmas markets are a unique and special part of the holiday season that draw visitors from around the world. They offer a chance to experience the warmth and magic of the season in a way that’s truly authentic and unforgettable.
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