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It’s not this time of year without Christmas markets


Shopkeeper at the Christmas markets in Strasbourg

Nobody does Christmas markets like the Europeans. The Germans, in particular, have it down to an art form. Which is why, four years ago, when I was a carefree student in France, a group of us went to check out the Christmas markets in Strasbourg, France, on the border with Germany.


Busy street in Strasbourg

It was bitterly cold in the medieval town, but with the throng of people, the festive atmosphere, and of course, plenty of good, hot food around, I soon forgot all about the cold. The Christmas markets (there were twelve crammed into the town!) were the main draw, of course, but I also really enjoyed just strolling through the cobble-stoned streets and admiring all the quaint old buildings.


Stocking stuffers for sale at the Christmas markets in Strasbourg

The markets sold everything from ornaments for the tree to long tapered candles in every colour of the rainbow, to adorable sleeping puppies nestled on comfy cushions. Good thing I was alone in France without any family to buy presents for…


Adorable puppies (soft toys, of course!) in Strasbourg


Of course there was plenty of food as well! Local specialities included kugelhopf, pretzels, beignets, and choucroute (sausages with sauerkraut).

Christmas market foods

Unfortunately, Sydney doesn’t do Christmas like the Europeans. There are no Christmas markets, let alone winter coats and hot cups of gluhwein. In fact, Australia is slowly heating, and all signs point to a broiling summer for Christmas.

This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: It’s not this time of year without…

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Related post: A guide to the Christmas markets in Strasbourg, France.

11 comments on “It’s not this time of year without Christmas markets

  1. drdblogs
    December 1, 2016

    Beautiful – proper Christmas, LOL!

    • Penne Cole
      December 2, 2016

      Yeah, those Franco-Germans really know how to do Christmas!

  2. Vy from VYLYST
    December 2, 2016

    Lovely pictures!

  3. arv!
    December 8, 2016

    Lovely pictures for wpc

    • Penne Cole
      December 12, 2016

      Thanks arv ๐Ÿ™‚

      • arv!
        December 12, 2016

        You are welcome Penne ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Mabel Kwong
    December 13, 2016

    I’ve never visited Europe before but from what I’ve seen in this post and others, the Christmas markets can certainly be full on and packed – packed with an endless variety of meat and activities and lots of lights too. That shopkeeper was so sporting to pose for your camera, and he looks delighted that you stopped by his stall. Usually at these kinds of markets I like to take something home, usually some food or biscuits on offer. Come Christmas time, I really like eating all the ham that pops up all over the place ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Penne Cole
      December 14, 2016

      Oh I definitely had my fill of all the food on offer – that’s the best part of the Christmas markets, I find! I didn’t actually do any shopping because I didn’t need to buy gifts for anyone, but if I had a list of people to shop for, that would’ve been the perfect place.

      And yes, that man was so sweet to pose for me ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Mabel Kwong
        December 15, 2016

        That guy looks like the kind that would give you a taste of the food beforre you buy. I love markets that offer this – try before you buy ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Penne Cole
        December 16, 2016

        Haha I love free samples in general ๐Ÿ˜›

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