Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Christmas is a magical time no matter where you live, but in Stuttgart it is especially beautiful and the Stuttgart Christmas Market is one of the things that make it so magical. First established in 1692, the Stuttgart Christmas market is one of the largest, most beautiful and oldest of its kind in Europe. Christmas can become quite commercialized, but visiting the Christmas market in Stuttgart is like stepping back in time.
Not only are there around 250 stalls with vendors offering everything from tree decorations, toys, carvings, arts, crafts, candles, leather goods and more, there is also a huge variety of culinary treats to indulge in. Hot chestnuts, mulled wine, grilled sausages; so much to choose from! The one thing you won’t find at the Christmas market is annoying hawkers selling the latest cell phone plan!
In addition to the usual Christmas gifts and tasty treats being sold, the Christmas Market is a fabulous place to bring the kids. With a giant Ferris wheel, a mini-steam train, fairytale figures and more, the children’s area is built on the Palace Square. Don’t forget the outdoor skating area that is great fun for the whole family. The skating area is also open on New Year’s Eve for a different but memorable way to bring in the New Year.
Each evening explodes into harmonious sound as music groups and adult and children’s choirs perform on the City Hall steps and around the market.
The Stuttgart Christmas Market usually runs from the last Thursday in November to the 23rd of December. The market opens with a concert in the courtyard of the Old Palace that is not to be missed, and the entire market stretches from the northern section of Stuttgart’s central square through to the old alleyways and squares of town. So, come enjoy the market this holiday season and make it a Christmas unlike any other!