THE CHRISTMAS SEASON is a special time in Germany, and there’s nothing quite as magical. Nearing the end of November, cities come aglow with oil-burning lanterns and twinkling string-lights, and the shops begin their preparations for the holiday. Store fronts burst with tinsel and pine; bakeries fill with trays of Zimtsterne and Vanillekipferl; and florists are busy creating advent wreathes using fragrant seasonal greens. When the Christmas markets open, which is usually during the last week in November, the elaborately decorated stalls open their shutters to showcase works of art ranging from blown glass ornaments and hand-crafted wooden spoons, to ceramic mugs personalized with hand-painted names. Christmas greenery adorns every inch of the temporary houses; the air fills with familiar scents of candied nuts and raclette; and the streets buzz with happy market-goers, busy holding shopping bags and sipping mulled wine.

IMG_9845IMG_9657IMG_9858IMG_0858IMG_0871christmas market 2IMG_9180

IMG_9646IMG_9185christmas market 3IMG_9214    IMG_8114   IMG_8169IMG_8176

German cities featured: Stuttgart, Rothenburg, and Esslingen.


One comment

  1. Pingback: THE ESSLINGEN WINE WALK | framed by a frau

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s