Dec. 22, 2010
-- Christmas markets goes as far back as the late middle ages, mainly in the German speaking regions of Europe. One of the oldest Christmas market is the Dresden Christmas Market which was first held in 1434, still ongoing now it garners up to 2 million visitors per year and has over 60 stalls. There were two that were older than the Dresden Christmas market they are the Bautzen Christmas market which has been mentioned in records dating back tom 1384 and the other one is the Vienna 'December market' which many feel inspired Christmas markets as it dates back to 1294. In Germany and Austria the beginning of the advent is signalled by the Christmas market.
One of the popular attractions of the Christmas market is the nativity scene (also crèche or crib) which is a depiction of the birth of Jesus as it was described by Matthew and Luke. There are a few stalls that have food that are very popular, there is Zwetschgamännla which are dried fruit figures, Lebkuchen and Magenbrot which are traditional Christmas cookies of soft gingerbread variation, Christstollen which is a Christmas variation of the traditional German cake which is a egg bread that is stuffed with candied fruit and Bratwurst the popular German Sausage. Although one of the main attractions of the is the very popular Christmas drink mulled wine. But there is another drink that is just as popular at these markets and it is the Eierpunsch which is a egg based drink that is similar to eggnog. These two drinks are popular because they both help keep people warm. If you want to get something to remember at a Christmas market or a one of a kind gift then how about a Nussknacker. This is a specially carved nutcracker that is in the shape of a toy soldier that is well known around the the world.
There is a Christmas market in Toulouse is held every December at the Place du Capitole which is in the centre of the city. With this two hectares stretch of paradise being in the heart of the city it means that the Christmas market can be accessed by everyone and would be some of the most ideal Midi-Pyréné
es vacation rentals you can find in the city. You can find many things that can be considered as potential gifts for people as there are stalls from local wood craft and many more more that are located in the immediate vicinity. Mulled wine here can be found at the Chalet bars which will allow visitors young and old to be enticed by the wonderful sparkling decorations and illuminations. If you are with Youngsters here then they will be able to meet Father Christmas among these Chalets, he will be handing out sweets, barley sugar and various other treats to them. Every year there is a theme that improves every year.
The Christmas market has spread to all over the world, from humble local beginning in small towns to big city centres in places like New York and London. In some places it is held in multiple spots for example in London there are over 10 in various parts of the city. Christmas markets will continue to have a place in this would have it truly does capture the spirit of Christmas in getting people together.
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