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Christmas Markets of 2022
The Christmas Markets of 2022 are up and running in Germany. It’s great to see these events happening again, after the past 3 years of cancellations. In 2021, we were able to visit a great Christmas Market in Poznań, Poland, but the Germany markets were cancelled only a few days before they were set to open. This year, we have visited two wonderful markets in Germany, one in Esslingen and one in Stuttgart.
Organizers and vendors go all out for these Christmas Markets, the stalls are really a sight to behold. Germany specializes in wonderful Christmas handmade crafts, and there are plenty of these to admire and buy. In addition, cool lanterns, wooden or stuffed animals, and assorted antique treasures decorate the stalls. Even though the crafts for sale are amazing, we always really want to buy the stall decorations.
Vendors dress in medieval costumes, and stilt-walkers amazingly stroll through the crowds on the cobblestones – very impressive! Stalls of food, drinks, crafts, axe throwing, and small stages of entertainment, wind through the main square, side streets, and into other squares. It’s a great day out for the family, and the fairy lights at night make for a magical scene.
We also visited Stuttgart’s Christmas Market, a large and very well done festive outing. Stuttgart goes big with a large Ferris Wheel, a smaller Christmas Bauble Kids’ Ferris Wheel, a towering Christmas Pyramid, a Roller Skating rink, and an amazing Miniature Village with both toy trains and a kids’ train running through it.
A variety of foods available includes brats, game meats such as venison and boar, currywurst, mushrooms, breads, roasted chestnuts, and plenty of sweet choices with crepes, cinnamon funnel pastries, and candied almonds. Also, a must-try is the Glühwein, a mulled red wine. Another traditional German Christmas drink is the hot Apfelwein, which is like a hot apple cider with spices.
The Christmas Markets are fun for everyone, they’re good for the economy, and they begin the season by helping everyone get into the Christmas spirit. We’re very happy to see the Christmas Markets of 2022 here in Germany.
Willkommen auf dem Weihnachtsmarkt!
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