On Monday, November 26, after finishing work, my colleagues and I headed to the probably most popular Christmas market in Hamburg, called the “Weihnachtsmarkt auf dem Hamburger Rathausmarkt”, located in the Town Hall Square. As we approached to the square we started taking a lot of photos to capture the true emotion of the moment because the backdrop was certainly impressive. We watched with amazement the towering Christmas trees, the stunning and dazzling lights of the market and the beautifully decorated wooden stalls.
Then we entered the market and we began to enjoy the festive atmosphere, the unique decorative elements and the stalls offering food, drinks, arts and crafts, hand-made candles and ceramics. To combat the cold, we bought the famous Glühwein, hot mulled wine that allowed us to get warm and we also ate a grilled German sausage (Bratwurst) accompanied by typical German rolls. Shortly afterwards we saw the arrival of Santa Claus who appeared unexpectedly flying with his sleigh up to the sky above the roofs of the Christmas Market cottages telling the story of Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer. Finally, we heard a band that entertained the hordes and we sang and danced traditional German folk songs. A Christmas market full of magic, charm, good company, hearty food and good wine!
What is your favorite Christmas market in Europe?