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Where Are the Best Christmas Markets

By November 20, 2013March 27th, 2020Travel + Culture

Where Are the Best Christmas Markets

photo credit: Telegraph UK
I’m eager to try something new for the upcoming holiday season. I know that the turkey isn’t quite dead and the Thanksgiving sides haven’t given you an extra 10 pounds, but I’m ready to find Santa.
This year, I’m going to find Santa and all of his friends in one of the many Christmas Markets throughout Europe. I must admit that I hadn’t ever heard of Christmas Markets until I moved to this side of the world. Since the introduction, I’ve been intrigued about its energy and presentation. From the photos that I’ve seen, Christmas Markets are draped in lights, festive displays, and everything that represents Christmas.
Christmas Markets are described as

Christmas market, also known as ChristkindlmarktChristkindlesmarktChristkindlmarket, and Weihnachtsmarkt, is a street marketassociated with the celebration of Christmas during the four weeks of Advent. These markets originated in GermanyAustriaSouth Tyrol and Alsacebut are now being held in many other countries. The history of Christmas markets goes back to the Late Middle Ages in the German-speaking part of Europe. Dresden‘s Strietzelmarkt was first held in 1434. The Christmas markets of Bautzen (first held in 1384),[1]Frankfurt (first mentioned in 1393) and Munich (1310) were even older. The Vienna “December market” was a kind of forerunner of the Christmas market and dates back to 1294.[2]In many towns in Germany and Austria, Advent is usually ushered in with the opening of the Christmas market or “Weihnachtsmarkt”. In southern Germany and Austria it is sometimes called a “Christkind(e)l(s)markt” (German language, literally meaning “Christ child market”). Generally held in the town square and adjacent pedestrian zones, the market sells food, drink, and seasonal items from open-air stalls, accompanied by traditional singing and dancing. On opening nights (and in some towns more often) onlookers welcome the “Christkind“, or boy Jesus, acted out by a local child.

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Christmas Markets are in many of the European Cities that I want to visit: Prague, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Frankfort. I’m eager to see the lights, the crowd, and of course the various foods that will be out. I’m sure the smell of onions and sausages will bring so much delight. I will probably pick up a trinket or two as a travel memoir but I don’t think anyone wants trinket souvenirs because they’ll be apart of the regifting collection or in some catch all box in the attic or basement.
I haven’t quite planned which Christmas Markets I will visit but I probably need to make a decision fast before the prices find themselves far too high.
Have you ever heard of European Christmas Markets or have you ever attended one?

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