There’s something about Christmas decorations that make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I always get excited seeing the garland and lights going up in shopping centers around me. And don’t even get me started on Christmas music… I love it all. I can sing the entire Carpenter’s Christmas CD from beginning to end, including the instrumental tracks. Out of all of the different places I’ve been during the holidays, no experience was quite like the Christmas Markets, or Weihnachtsmarkt, in Germany.
I visited Germany right before Thanksgiving, and even then the Christmas markets were in full swing. Practically every town square, no matter how big or small, had some sort of market. Traveling by myself and being so far away from home, it was definitely a comfort to see so many familiar things that reminded me of Christmas back home. For anyone who truly loves the holidays, visiting at this time of year is an absolute must and an experience you will never forget.
Germany has perfected the concept of holiday cheer with their Christmas Markets. It helps that they’ve had a long time to perfect them, considering the first ones originated in the early 1300’s. The Christmas Markets consisted of rows of booths selling seasonal goods set up in the main town square and signaled the official beginning of Advent. Eating, drinking, and dancing was and still is a major part of the markets. Bratwursts and Eierpunsch (similar to a spiked egg nog) are popular choices for food and drink. The best time of day to go visit is definitely at night. The light displays are absolutely incredible! From the lights in the booth to the lights draped above the aisles to the light shows… it’s spectacular. Some even have ice rinks. You also won’t want to leave without purchasing one of the many specially handcrafted trinkets that are sold all over the market.