weihnachtsmarkt (or the german christmas markets).

so the Christmas markets here in Germany are just as incredible as i’d imagined them to be. cold evenings are no hinder – people flock to these markets night after night to get their fill of glühwein, freshly cooked bratwurst or waffles, or simply to do a bit of Christmas shopping. the pedestrian malls of central Essen here have been transformed, the lights glow wherever you look and the smell of Christmas is inescapable as you pass by many stands selling mulled wine and other equally Christmassy drinks. you also can’t walk too far without hearing Christmas carols, or seeing a busker playing to the merry market-goers. you can wander for ages through the cute little stalls that have been set up to sell handmade goods, cookies, chocolate, German gingerbread and anything else you can think of (even dental equipment…).  each of the towns around this area have markets of their own, and each is decorated in a similar fashion. they can get a little bit repetitive, but i’m still loving it.

on the first of December, and quite timely on the first day of winter, Essen got its first snowfall of the winter. the timing couldn’t’ve been more perfect – as we wandered around the Essen markets rain turned to ice, and as we headed towards the Werden markets, the ice turned to snow!

below is a video i put together of some of the markets we saw that evening, it’s the best i can do to give you an idea of what they’re truly like…
(click on the below photo, it’ll take you to the video).

weihnachtsmarkt on vimeo.
weihnachtsmarkt on vimeo.

Rachel Walker. Essen Christmas Markets. 01

susan loves cookie monster...
susan loves cookie monster…
who doesn't want a dental hook in their stocking?
who doesn’t want a dental hook in their stocking?

Rachel Walker. Essen Christmas Markets. 04

these stalls are all over the place. the cookie love hearts all have different greetings written on them - very German.
these stalls are all over the place. the cookie love hearts all have different greetings written on them – very German.

Rachel Walker. Essen Christmas Markets. 06

kaleigh & susan enjoying an obligatory cup of glühwein.
kaleigh & susan enjoying an obligatory cup of glühwein.

Rachel Walker. Essen Christmas Markets. 08

first sight of snow (or just about)
first sight of snow (or just about)

Rachel Walker. Essen Christmas Markets. 10

crazy men in the festive spirit at the essen werden markets.
crazy men in the festive spirit at the essen werden markets.
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