Esslingen Christmas Market
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Perhaps you have been to your fair share of German Christmas markets and find your memories of them running together. If so, how about something a little different this year? The Christmas market is Esslingen might be just the event to provide something new to your array of holiday experiences. This medieval-themed market, with over 180 stalls, runs from November 26 to December 22, 2013, in the Esslingen town center. As one of the largest Christmas markets in the region, the Christmas market in Esslingen offers a unique array of cultural activities, including traditionally costumed artisans demonstrating and selling leather goods, dyed fibers, calligraphy, baskets, tin items, handmade brooms, hand-blown glass, and silver jewelry.
And what about entertainment, you may ask? You are sure to be astounded by the hire-wire artists, acrobats in flaming wheels, jugglers, minstrels, fire-eaters, and fairy-tale figures on stilts. Furthermore, the Christmas market in Esslingen will host two stages that will run various open air concerts, some of which will be performed on historical instruments and feature tunes from centuries ago. This year’s program features over 500 different cultural offerings, whether on the stages or in the alleys and lanes that wind through Esslingen’s city center. Particular highpoints in this year’s program include torch-lit tours through the castle, a medieval dance evening, a medieval concert in the St. Paul Minster, and a traditional torch procession to the Esslingen Castle on the winter solstice.
The Christmas market in Esslingen also offers various features that one always hopes to find at a German Christmas market. A “living” Nativity can be found on the so-called Christmas Island. The children will love the “Land of the Dwarves,” which includes a historical roundabout, medieval handcrafts, and special programming for the market’s youngest visitors. Adults and children will both enjoy trying their hands at “Mouse Roulette,” skittles, and archery. Some of the artisans offer visitors the opportunity to try their hands at the traditional crafts that they pursue. Keep your eyes out for the craft stations throughout the Christmas market, if you have always wondered what it might be like to weave a basket or dye wool.
As a final bit of advice, Esslingen is famous for its lovely half-timbered houses and its romantic, narrow streets. Be sure to take a break from the Christmas market to wander around Esslingen’s historic center, soaking in the ambience of this beautiful town.
The hours of operation for the 2013 Christmas market in Esslingen are: November 26 – 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm (5:00 pm – festive opening of the market) and November 27 – December 22 – 11:00 am – 8:30 pm (daily)
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