We were hoping while in Berlin the German Christmas Markets would be open but alas they weren't quite ready. I have been told German Christmas Markets are amazing. Near our Hotel in East Berlin was a smaller Christmas market was starting to set up so we stopped by a couple of times hoping to see some of the stalls. Alas only a few opened up before we had to leave. But we did get a small glimpse into what a German Christmas market looks like.
|The food stalls were the first to open and at lunch time it was starting to get a bit busy. I tried Gluhwein which is a hot German spice wine. I know some people love it, but I wasn't crazy about it.|
|By evening even though it was mostly just the food stalls and game booths open the place was packed. I haven't seen such crowds in a long time. This picture doesn't show the crowds of course|
|I thought this was interesting--chocolate with red chili peppers. I didn't try one:0|
|The ginger bread cookies with royal icing were everywhere. My husband and daughter thought they were very good. I wanted to bring some back to hang on the tree but they were closed the day we stopped by on the way to the airport:(|
|At night some of the games booths opened up and we enjoyed watching this game. Not sure of the name of it.|
|But it looked like Bocce on ice|
|Kids loved this one and Daddy bought a ticket for 6 down hill rides each, they were so thrilled with it.|
I kept hoping that the stalls would open up so I could get a glimpse of some of the German Christmas ornaments but that wasn't to be so we found a Kathe Wohlfahrt store and I got my Christmas fix that way.
|I think I have several pictures over the years since living overseas of the kids next to the Kathe Wohlfahrt nutcrackers|
I Keep thinking about getting some nutcrackers to bring home and then I see the price and decide not too:)
|I love seeing all the Christmas decor and hearing the Christmas music it gets me into the mood of the holidays|
|Across from the Christmas market was the Sony Center with restaurants and we watch them decorate the square one evening while having dinner. It was fun to see them put up the decorations!|
Now that I am back home I am in the mood to get my house all decorated for the Christmas season:)