It’s Christmas Eve, Christmas is so close you can almost touch it. Homes everywhere are bedecked with Christmas finery, refrigerators bulge with Christmas indulgence, for most of us the shopping’s been done and the presents wrapped. Where did you shop this year? I was fortunate enough to visit the Cologne Christmas market, glittering beneath the mighty spires of the magnificent Cologne Cathedral it exceeded all expectations!
Cologne has hosted a Christmas market since 1820. There are several markets but the biggest and most famous fills the Roncalliplatz. Huddled beside the resplendence of Cologne’s cathedral, over 150 stalls sparkle and entice. Open from the last week in November until the night before Christmas Eve it thrills the several million eager Christmas shoppers who visit it each year from all across the globe.
The German Christmas markets are world famous. I’ve been to Christmas markets in Belgium, England and of course in France and although I’ve enjoyed the Christmas market in Aix-en-Provence, elsewhere I’ve been fairly underwhelmed. I was actually in Germany for work and after a fairly long day never mind my usual struggle with jet lag , despite it being about forty minutes away by train, the Cologne Christmas market seemed just too close to miss. It really was wunderbar, I hope I’ve succeeded in capturing some of its splendour below.
Christmas decorations and gifts to buy
Natural products with fire cones and cinnamon sticks.
Traditional decorative Christmas villages
Christmas baubles and decorations for the Christmas tree
Sweets and candies
Mistletoe for sale
and locally made gin!
Strudel bakers in traditional dressed looking as if they’ve just stepped from a Christmas card.
Delicious baked sweet treats
Cosy cabins to nestle in and sip your gluhwein
Everything sparkling with Christmas festivity and magic
If you missed the Cologne Christmas Market this year it will be back in 2020, click here for details. Maybe you’ve visited a Christmas market somewhere that you’ve loved, do let me know I’d love to hear about it.
And finally, Happy Christmas to you all. Thank you for following my blog, I hope you continue to do so in the coming year and may 2020 be filled with joy and peace for you all, in which ever corner of the world you may be!
Sorry, we missed you at Cologne’s Christmas markets. They were indeed magical (or maybe was the Gluhwein). Are you enjoying Christmas in Lourmarin this year? Thank you for sharing the photos and your insights, they are indeed lovely. If you are ever back in CA please let us know.
Fredo and Nancy
How lovely to hear from you, Happy Christmas! Are you in NL? We were in Germany but are spending Christmas with our family in England. We will be back in January and would love to see you both x
Merry Christmas, Caroline! Loved your entries on Cologne.
Happy Christmas! Hope your lovely family are all well and have had a lovely time together!