Braunfels Christmas Market
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For two very special days in December, the historic city center of Braunfels is transformed into a twinkling wonderland. Unlike many other Christmas markets, which open for either every weekend or every day of Advent, the Braunfels Christmas market focuses its energy on a particular weekend in early December. For 2013, visitors from far and near were invited to enjoy Braunfels at its wintry best over the weekend of December 7 and 8. The mayor of Braunfels officially opened the market at 2:00 pm on December 7, at which time the winner of the Children's Photograph Competition was announced. On both days, the market was open to visitors between 11:00 am and 8:00 pm.
A rich variety of musical performances provided a suitable accompaniment for the holiday shopping at the Braunfels Christmas market. On Saturday afternoon, the Bonbaden Volunteer Fire Department's woodwind orchestra held a festive concert, followed by a concert by the children's choir of the Carl Kellner School. Sunday's musical interludes were no less entertaining with performances held by the men's choir of Nassovia Frohsinn Phillippstein and by the popular music group Volker Zimmerschied and Band.
Besides the sounds of Christmas, are you wondering what kind of culinary delicacies can be found at the Braunfels Christmas market? Well, how would you like to loiter along the market's lanes with a steaming mug of hot apple wine in your hands? Also, Baumkuchen, a round, buttery German Christmas cake, and handmade cheeses are fragrant and tempting. If you come to the market over a mealtime, be sure to partake of the renowned Flieger-Bratwurst that will be on the menu. And who ever needs an excuse to sample the local version of Gluehwein (hot mulled red wine) or Feuerzangenbowle (hot mulled wine with rum-soaked sugar added to it)?
Over 60 stalls were set up at the Braunfels Christmas market, offering an array of traditional and contemporary goods to suit all tastes. Here you could find venders selling everything from teas and roasted nuts to wooden toys, woolen goods, and charming Erzgebirge figures and candle arches. These stalls stretched along the Postparkplatz, across the Kurparkstrasse and market square to Wellburger Strasse. The little visitors to the Braunfels Christmas market were surely enchanted by the visits paid by St. Nicholas on both Saturday and Sunday. A further delight was provided by the popular children's carousel, which was set up on the parking lot by the old post office.
Even if you missed it this year, be sure to check out the dates for the 2014 Braunfels Christmas market!
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