It’s Weihnachtsmarkt season in Germany! Starting in late November, many cities, villages and castles throughout the country celebrate the season with Christmas markets. The markets are full of small vendors selling their wares, delicious food stands and warmth in a cup in the form of Gluhwein. Yesterday we hit our first Weihnachtsmarkt of the season at Burg Lichtenberg.

We visited Burg Lichtenberg in the summer for a picnic and absolutely loved it. It’s an amazing and huge castle ruins that is perfect for exploring. It was an awesome setting for a lovely (albeit freezing) markt.

One of the highlights of any German fest, as far as I’m concerned, is the food and drink. Chimney Cake is a Hungarian pastry cooked over coals. The pastry is wrapped around a wooden cylinder like a ribbon, cooked and then sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar.

My favorite snack of the day was Apple Rings – apple slices breaded, fried and covered in cinnamon and sugar. My son’s favorite thing was the “stockbrot” – literally bread on a stick. Even though he posed as if it was a play sword, he wasn’t messing around when it came to eating it.

So Gluhwein is a Weihnachtsmarkt staple. It’s a warm mulled wine that is nice because it’s warm and the weather is cold. That’s where my compliments end though because, really? It’s just not that good. It pretty much tastes like warm cough syrup. But it is served in cute little mugs!

In addition to eating, we did a little shopping. I got an infinity scarf (see below) and not just because it was, like, 10 degrees. It is super soft and was only 15 Euro.

The sunset yesterday was amazing. It was absolutely breathtaking, and even though I loved the Weihnachtsmarkt, this view may have been the highlight of my day.

 Photos taken with my camera and my iPhone and shared on Instagram.



Kate started The Shopping Mama™ in January 2009 when, after graduating law school, she traded in online legal research and writing for locating the best products for children. She shops for three kids ages 8, 6 and 3 from their home in Japan. Her military family is making the most of back-to-back overseas assignments by traveling every chance they get.

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    Oh wow Kate. Those chimney cakes look so darn good!! 10 degrees?? Brrr. Looks like a great time though with a beautiful ending!

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