Christmas Markets were very popular in the UK until Oliver Cromwell banned the celebration of Christmas in the fashion people were used to. This ban affected the Christmas Markets which died out virtually instantly here. In the Victorian era there were markets which would sell Christmas related items and food products, but they weren’t known as Christmas markets. Today you can find a few, but there aren’t many, and being modern they don’t have the tradition and atmosphere that a truly traditional Christmas market has. To really enjoy the experience properly it’s much better to go to somewhere like Germany where they know how to put on a good Christmas market with atmosphere, romance and Christmas spirit.
The magic of a traditional German Christmas market is spellbinding, and Historic Christmas markets held in cities, towns and villages are becoming ever more popular due to the enchanting atmosphere that they provide. Here, you’ll find not mass produced products, but true craftwork of real quality, traditional crib figurines, wood carvings, candles and other beautiful items that will make your Christmas giving extra special.
You can indulge in glasses of mulled wine, baked apples and hot chestnuts as you wander amongst the stalls, and treat the kids to hot sausages or sweet sugar coated lebkuchen a traditional German spiced gingerbread biscuit. You can take home hand made marzipan sweets and chocolates, German salami and many other wonderful food items.
There are many markets around the country and all have their own traditions and each will be a little different, but the essence of Christmas is to be found whether you visit the Augsburg Christmas market with its traditional feel and baroque surroundings, or one of the 50 different Christmas markets that are to be found in Germany’s capital city Berlin.
Most Christmas markets in German begin around the last week of November and run through till somewhere between the 20th and 24th of December, and they are often all day events opening around 10am in the morning and going on till 8pm or even later.
This article was written by Ross Fraser who runs a travel blog about Europe http://europetraveler.co.uk/