What’s a German Christmas Market?
You have not experienced the full magic of Christmas in the Christmas season until you have visited a German Christmas market, one the countries top tourist attractions.
German Christmas markets, also known as Christkindlmart, originated in Germany and can be traced to the early 1400s. Originally, these markets were only in Germany and just for food and supplies to survive the harsh winters but has eventually evolved into a celebration of Christmas during the 4 week long Advent season and now can be found all over the world, teleporting visitors into a picturesque fairytale land of blissful cheer from late November through late December.
The markets are brightly lit with dazzling Christmas lights, garland, and wreaths strung on every storefront, intricate Nativity displays, ice skating rinks, and the more modern markets even have lit up attractions like large Ferris wheels overlooking the cheery holiday scene, covered in a blissful layer of snow.
The products you can find are available absolutely nowhere else, including items that are beautifully handcrafted, antique, or just wonderfully unique. There are also often interactive activities like chorale and instrumental recitals, and biblical reenactments.
You can often find delicious foods like gingerbread, marzipan, stollen (buttery fruitcake), maultaschen (similar to ravioli), and schäufele (smoked pork shoulder). Drinks like mulled wine and bock beer are also a common staple among the German Christmas markets, but there are some around the world that do not allow alcoholic beverages in order to be more an even more family-friendly Christmas event.
German Christmas markets are a one-stop-shop for rare holiday decorations,thoughtful Christmas gifts, delicious foods and drinks, family-friendly attractions, and the best Christmas experience. While Christmas markets can now be found in countries like America, Austria, France, Poland, and Switzerland, the most authentic and rich experience can only be found in Germany.