Christmas is approaching! Are you already in the Christmas mood? Experience the romantic scenery and the smell of candy, treats and food. Every year the German Christmas markets are lightening up for the festive folks who want to enjoy a nice day or evening.
The tradition goes way back. The oldest markets date back to the 14th and 15th century. In the old days the markets had the purpose to stock up for a long winter season. The days were cold and the winter were long and therefore, people came together and add light to the dark winter days together. In Germany you call these markets “Weihnachtsmarkt”or “Christkindlmarkt”. It is a well known tradition to go with your loved ones and get into the Christmas spirit while eating good food and enjoying a hot drink.
The Christmas market at the market square in Bremen is cheering up people from all over the world!
If you are not in the Christmas spirit yet, you should consider going to one of the Christmas markets in the north of Germany. Bremen and Oldenburg have really nice markets and they are really close to Groningen as well as easy to reach by bus. The Christmas markets have a broad offer for everyone. People buy presents for their families such as toys, books, Christmas tree decoration or handmade items.
Christmas music is coming from everywhere, the lights are shining in your face and the smell of amazing food are bringing you into another world. You can close your eyes and just enjoy the moment for a second. When do you have time to just appreciate the moment and adore your surrounding? You get loads of “Glühwein”, which is known as hot mulled wine, toasted almonds and “Lebkuchen”. Glühwein helps to stave off the cold winter breeze and is the perfect warming up on a cold winter day. It is winter, it is cold, and you may want to stay in bed all night, but you do not want to miss a hot cup of mulled wine with your friends!
In Bremen you can also consider strolling town to the river side and you will come to a little historical market with a maritime twist. They sell freshly made bread, smoked fish and much more. Pure Christmas experiences are the atmospheric Advent concerts in the churches, the nativity play and the fairytale theatre performances.
The Town Musicians of Bremen: The charming fairy-tale of a donkey, a dog, a cat and a cock. “Do you know what?”, said the donkey, “I am going to Bremen and am going to become a town musician there. Come along and take up music too.”
Some of you may stay until a few days before Christmas and therefore, the markets may cheer you up. Without a doubt, it is worth a visit and should not be missed. The atmosphere is unique and you will wonder how festive you feel after a traditional Christmas market visit. I go every year and I am cherishing every minute of the cozy and festive atmosphere.
Enjoy the last days before Christmas and do not miss the opportunity to visit one of the Christmas markets. I wish you all wonderful holidays and enjoy the day with your family and loved ones at home, in the Netherlands or wherever the spirit takes you.
By Alica Olsson