It is here where a charming snow kissed fairy tale village emerges with up to 70 stalls and booths resembling little timber houses in a dazzling exhibition of Christmas shopping enchantment. Adding to its charm is the Engelsstimmen performing stage where any musician is welcome to perform to a captive Christmas audience without having to pay any fees. More importantly it gives shoppers the chance to enjoy excellent concerts for free, making this a fantastic and unique festival nuance.
The Christkindlimarkt attracts thousands of locals and travellers from all over the world; those who wait all year to celebrate Christmas and are passionate about all things that pertain to Christmas decorations, as well as those who revel in the spirit of giving and delight in the idea of simply viewing beautiful things and ingenious ideas. Markets of this nature offer a magical space of creative fusion, and joyful inspiration for the holiday season.
Each visitor finds their place amongst the crowd, happy to meander the quaint streets and explore something that speaks to them personally. Whether it’s the allure of the nativity scenes with beautiful Christmas embellishments woven into the festivities, or the exquisite old fashioned handcrafted wooden toys and trinkets, the tantalizing food and desserts, or the relaxed holiday season pace, its an event that’s sure to warm any sentimental heart.
Serious shoppers determined to work their way through their gift list for loved ones will be thrilled with the variety of quality goods to choose from while others can simply loose themselves in the cheerful music and twinkling Christmas lights, reliving the innocence of their childhood, while the scintillating scents of gingerbread, spicy scented candles and Gluwein (mulled red wine) mingle in the air, tempting any thirsty visitor into having a glass or two of this magical potion, guaranteed to help keep out any winter chill.
The children tend to head straight towards the Christmas Carousel situated nearby on Franziskanerplatz, eyes fixed, listening to the familiar melodies played by traditional brass band sounds and watching the live choirs singing well-known carols for the gathering crowds.
So whether you’re shopping or catching up with friends and loved ones, don’t miss out on this heart warming event, bound to have you reminiscing after your childhood and licking your fingers after every tasty treat.
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