European Christmas Markets
Editor’s Note: Couldn’t resist re-sharing the magic I experienced at some of my favorite European Christmas markets as it’s that time of year!
I’m sharing a round-up of my favorite European markets. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!
We loved the Christmas Market in the German village of Dudeldorf. The whole village would get in on the action – many of the residents open their front doors and/or garages and sell homemade Christmas gifts. There were many hand-made candles, hand-knitted goodies, nutcrackers and smokers, delicious cookies and, of course, pretzels and lebkuchen!
This super-cool barn was open (the entrance was to the right so you can’t see it) and they were selling wines and fresh olive oils from Italy. The owner told us how he would visit each year and help to collect the olives in the vineyards. Of course I had to buy some!
Instead of food trucks, there are crepe trucks (among many other specialties) at Dudeldorf’s Christmas Market. If I remember correctly, I had a citron crepe (lemon juice and sugar). The weather was beyond chilly and it was just starting to snow so we really needed something to warm up.
Next up, Bernkastel! This sweet town is located on the Mosel River in the heart of wine country. Each year, they decorate the same house in the main square as an advent calendar. As you can see, we were visiting pretty early in the season as not many of the days had been revealed yet:
Every time I visited this market, we would immediately hunt down the Gluhwein stand to warm up!
Unfortunately, I didn’t take many photos of the Christmas markets I visited in northern Italy (Mantua and Verona) but they were beyond fabulous and oh, those cannolis …
Another favorite of ours was the Trier Christmas Market. I found this market to be the most magical of those I visited. The little decorated huts were so cute and I loved how everything was decorated with real garland and pine cones. They even draped garlands on the children’s carousel and it looked like it was straight out of a fairy tale (don’t worry, there’s a photo … keep scrolling).
Germans know how to make the best nutcrackers and smokers. I have four and they are my favorite Christmas decorations.
Hope you enjoyed this little peek at Christmas in Europe!
Photography by Sarah Darcy of Classic Bride blog.