German Christmas Markets

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The trees lining Unter den Linden.
German Christmas Markets


The Christmas season in Europe is spectacular.  All through October and November you wonder where all the people have gone but all you have to do is wait for December 1st when the Christmas markets open.  Throughout Berlin, mostly in the Platz’s (squares), there were 20-30 little cabins housing a variety of Christmas items, foods and drinks.  People (including me) would head out in the cold, rain and snow to walk to aisles and look at the ornaments, traditional German woodwork, clothing, jewelry, candies and more.  

Each market was decorated a little differently but all had a Christmas tree.  The Sony Center was especially neat with the oversized Lego tree, Santa Claus, and Reindeer.  Most markets also had a nativity scene but the Ulm market was the only one I saw that had real livestock grazing around Jesus.

As if all that Christmas cheer wasn’t enough, the very best aspect of the market was the Gluhwein.  Gluhwein is spiced hot red wine.  You think hot chocolate is good, give this a try.  

Walking around in the elements of winter never seemed too bad, with my mug of Gluhwein in hand!

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The trees lining Unter den Linden.
The trees lining Unter den Linden.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree
Ulm nativity scene with real lives…
Ulm nativity scene with real live…
Me, Joan Marie and our Gluhwein!
Me, Joan Marie and our Gluhwein!
Waffles, mmmmm.
Waffles, mmmmm.
Lego Santa
Lego Santa
Traditional German snacks.
Traditional German snacks.
Lego Santa, Rudolph and me!
Lego Santa, Rudolph and me!
Berliner Bear and me
Berliner Bear and me
Christmas market at the Schloss Ch…
Christmas market at the Schloss C…
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