At the 400-year Christmas market in Nuremberg of Germany, you will encounter a gorgeous “Christmas Angel”. In Prague, you can experience a unique bohemian festival. Or if you are passionate about a hot Christmas, go to Sydney and celebrate the midsummer with frozen beer and turkey.
Bavarian Imperial Cuisine in Nuremberg, Germany
There are more than 2,500 Christmas markets in Germany every year. The most worthwhile one should be the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt, which is the largest, most traditional and most romantic in Europe. Dated back to more than 400 years ago, the historical Christmas market now attracts over 2 million tourists from around the world every year.
The ancient buildings of the town are transformed into a big Christmas market, and the stalls in front of the Frauenkirche in the central square are even more fascinating as they are made of spruce wood and look the same as 400 years ago. Some of them are even over a hundred years old! Walking in the town, you will feel like entering into an old storybook.
One should not miss the most authentic Bavarian imperial cuisine there. Why not have a glass of locally-made mulled wine with honey gingerbread biscuits and German-style Christmas bread? Or just take a walk on street with the nice smell of Nuremberg sausages baked with carbon fire. Sauerkraut will be a perfect match. It is said that the gingerbread biscuits and sausages have used the same medieval recipe for centuries that cannot be found elsewhere in Germany.
Love from the Nuremberg Christkind
In addition to selling traditional crafts and food, the town also organises the traditional “Nuremberg Christkind” election that has lasted for many years. Before 1948, the Nuremberg Christkinds were originally played by German actresses. In 1969, the city government decided to make the event into an annual election to select a pretty girl to be the market’s ambassador.
The Christkind has to participate in up to 170 festivals and visits from various countries as well as different charity events. During Christmas night, she needs to distribute presents for children who are in hospital. Despite the busy work, the “Nuremberg Christkind” competition is fierce. Every year, thousands of beautiful girls aged from 16 to 19 enroll in the competition for the role. Eventually the 12 most beautiful girls will be selected by the judges and their photos will be posted on local newspapers and the Internet. The final six voted by citizens of Nuremberg will be invited to the Christmas Preparatory Committee to have an interview for the final “Nuremberg Christkind”.
On the opening day of the Christmas Market, the “Nuremberg Christkind” will give an opening speech, “Ladies and gentlemen, kids and those who were kids, despite the sadness of tomorrow, you are full of joy today… As long as Nuremberg exists, the reputation of Christmas Market will last forever…”
Bohemian Starry Night in Prague, Czech Republic
Visiting almost all European Christmas markets, the new generation really loves the one in Prague of Czech Republic. Walking on the ancient cobblestone street, seeing the magical architecture depicted by Franz Kafka’s novel “The Castle”, the majestic Gothic style churches, old houses with brick orange tiled roofs, one can truly feel the most romantic
Bohemian Christmas of Medieval times.
The Prague Christmas markets are located on the road between Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. Known as the capital of handicraft in Eastern Europe, Prague has various wood carvings, porcelain dolls, lace fabrics and enamel accessories made by local craftsmen for sale. It can be quite chilly, so it is always a nice idea to try the local crispy
Trdelník which is made from flour and mineral water, and then baked with granulated sugar from honey. The tasty delicacy will definitely give you the holiday happiness.
The romantic feeling of rural Christmas is preserved here as the locals still use the grass and wood chips to make the primitive decorations on Christmas trees, with a huge Christmas wreath made of straws and dried fruit in living room, portraits of saints and angels on wooden painting panels, and also tiny metal snowflakes and flowers. The Christmas market also has a pen to keep animals like goats, sheep, ponies and donkeys, presenting a simple Bohemian Christmas atmosphere.
Vigorous Christmas in Sydney, Australia
Do you want to go to the beach on Christmas day? Wear a Santa hat and come to Sydney’s world-famous Bondi Beach, one of the favorite spots for Christmas parties in Sydney. From backpackers to Hollywood stars, they all love to sunbathe and enjoy the chilled local grape wine on the beach. Palm trees are decorated with a tropical Christmas spirit, traditional turkeys are also provided by the food trucks next to the beach. It is definitely an unforgettable Christmas with girls wearing Christmas bikinis and the surfing Santa Claus in short suit.
Moreover, there are “Santa Fun Run” events across Australia. Most of the participants will wear Christmas costumes and run for 5 to 10 km, they can also enjoy fabulous wine and delicacy on the way. The exciting fun run started from Newcastle in November, followed by Sydney, Darwin, and Melbourne, in December it will take place in Bundaberg and arrive at the final stop in Brisbane. All the money raised during the running event will be donated to the charities for children to spread love around the whole Australia in Christmas.
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