Ring-a-ling! That’s right, it’s that time of year again when the streets are a little busier, the atmosphere becomes a little more joyous (depending on who you ask), and on every street corner you hear…
It’s Christmas! And the Germans do not disappoint when it comes to this holiday.
I’d like to the think the Germans go all out for Christmas because they haven’t had a holiday in a long time. (Think about it: Columbus didn’t discover Germany)
That means the Germans are waiting with bated breath to whip out the trees, the holly and, of course, the world-famous Christmas markets.
Let me tell you, I was getting a little tired of walking through town everyday in the grey and cold weather. But once I was exposed to the Leipzig Christmas market, it was as if someone handed me my missing pair of rose-colored glasses and slapped them on my face.
Most major cities in Germany have their own Christmas markets. Each market is relatively the same, with some minor attractions or booths that make each market individual.
Leipzig has a particularly large Christmas market, which makes the possibilities of food, Glühwein, and crafts nearly endless.
There are also many attractions for families and children, such as a giant ferris wheel and a Märchenland (lit. fairyland), which is an area that displays classic scenes from fairy tales.
These markets can become very crowded, but fortunately for you, the markets open in the afternoon and run through the evening.
So many smells, so many sights. A favorite food of mine that I always enjoyed at the market was this roll/bread-like-thing (great English) that was stuffed with cheese and bits of ham, garnisheed with a dollop of sour cream and diced yellow and red peppers.
^If anyone knows the actual name of this food, please shoot me a text (and help me find a better word for “bread-like-thing”)
Another favorite, and this goes without saying, were the waffles. I could eat waffles literally everyday, and the German waffles at the market certainly helped fulfill that need.
Each waffle is customizable, in that you can get it “stuffed’ with certain things. For example, I had my waffle filled with a type of cream, but you could also have it filled with Nutella, among other things.
If you ever do come to Germany during the holidays, I would suggest packing light; you’ll definitely want to fill that extra space with all the crafts, trinkets, and Glühwein mugs you bought!
Over the Christmas season, I had the chance to visit four different markets in four different cities. And I must say, each city was successfully able to bring out the Christmas spirit in me. Or…was it the Glühwein?
Check out these sights that I captured from Leipzig’s Christmas market!
Vince Woods received his Bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. He is currently a sophomore at UMKC, pursuing a second bachelor’s degree in Education with the intention of teaching German. Vince is spending the semester abroad with the MAUI-Utrecht Exchange Program in Leipzig, Germany.
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