Christmas…I always get excited for it as soon as it’s too cold to leave the house without a jacket and I always have to discipline myself not to start buying Christmas candy by the end of September…but now it’s winter! Time for Christmas cookies, the Grinch, Advent wreaths and calendars…and of course Christmas markets!
There are few things I love more during this time of the year than meeting up at a Christmas market with friends, drinking some delicious mulled wine or hot chocolate and listening to Christmas songs. Even though the big Christmas market in front of the city hall definitely has everything you could ask for in terms of decoration, food or gifts to bring (check the Historic Christmas Market article), I’m much more into the smaller, more cozy (and less crowded!) Christmas markets.
My all-time favorite is the one at Fleetinsel (really Nordic – you are surrounded by ships and canals), but I also really like the Christmas market at Apostelkirche in my home area Eimsbüttel and the one at Gerhart-Hauptmann-Platz in the city center. If you’re looking for something a little different, we also have the Winter Pride market (the only LGBTQ Christmas market in the Lange Reihe street) or of course Santa Pauli, the Reeperbahn Christmas market. So put on your bobble hat, your gloves and get yourself some mulled wine!