So what is it? It's a Christmas market. The tradition comes over from Germany and from Norway. For the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas, vendors from around the world set up an outdoor market filled with ethnic Christmas treasures. The prevailing nationality is German, and several booths serve Glűhwein and beer and bratwurst. From handmade ornaments to Sherpa jackets, from cuckoo clocks to imported candies. There's a little bit of everything. Even if you aren't interested in shopping, it's a traditional kick-off to the holiday season. And what did I buy? Helmut's Strudel and hot spiced cider. Yum!
Here are some of the treasures we saw when we went down last weekend.
|Looking on from across the street|
|Traditional beer steins|
|Hand carved wood|
|Original German glass Christmas |
ornaments from Ernstthal Germany