Take a day trip from Germany to the St. Wendel Christmas markets

Take a day trip from Germany to the St. Wendel Christmas markets

by Jessica Zen
Stripes Europe

Christmas magic is alive and thriving in the town of St. Wendel during the Christmas and Medieval Markets. Pick a day to travel back in time to a world of troubadours and vagrants while simultaneously enjoying modern holiday customs during this annual event.

HOLIDAY CHEER

The St. Wendeler Weihnachtmarkt comes to life near the town hall, cathedral and pedestrian precinct from Dec. 7-15. Over 160 lovingly decorated booths will be selling arts, crafts, gifts and regional delicacies to tempt your taste buds. Fancy a sausage or waffle with powdered sugar with your glühwein? Look no further! This cozy atmosphere is especially beautiful at night when the twinkling lights are out in full force.

Good girls and boys will love getting candy from St. Nicholas, who makes frequent appearances and is full of holly jolly holiday spirit! Also in attendance are the Three Wise Men, who parade daily through the town with live camels to the stable for a performance of the story of Mary and Joseph. They are followed by musicians and fire eaters.

The Christmas pyramid is a stunning eye-catcher and features intricately carved nativity figures and towers over market-goers. Take pictures next to life-size nutcrackers as well for the perfect Instagram post. Go zooming down a snow-covered toboggan run for a real adrenaline rush or feel like a giant in the Dwarf Forest. There are over 300 life-like dwarfs frolicking in a miniature world on display.

MEDIEVAL MAGIC

If the medieval world of knights fascinates you, you’re in luck! Vendors at this market don historical costumes to hawk their wares. Artisans demonstrate forgotten arts and techniques like felting, spinning, weaving, blacksmithing, woodturning, basket weaving, rope pulling, javelin throwing and archery. If you’re lucky, you too will be able to test your skills and perhaps try to make a masterpiece to bring home!

Camp groups shed light on how people lived, worked, ate and celebrated in the middle ages. Merry jugglers, dancers, singers, musicians and magicians provide entertainment for all in attendance both on stages and throughout the streets. The fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. After dark, there are many fire choreographed performances with music, lights and dancing.

Children will love getting to know Argon and Nea, a duo of puppet dragons who will come out to play at the market. There will also be a magician full of tricks and spells to captivate his audience. This family-friendly market makes sure no one is disenchanted with their surroundings or thinking about the coldness of their toes.

GETTING THERE

St. Wendel is approximately 50 minutes west of Kaiserslautern and an hour and 45 minutes southwest of Wiesbaden. Parking for the market is available in the city garage until 10 p.m. Don’t forget to pay your parking ticket before exiting the garage! The market is open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Set the mood right for the Christmas season this year by attending the St. Wendel Christmas and Medieval Markets. You’re sure to find holiday cheer, fantastic gifts and outstanding food mixed with a medieval flair. Spend the day wandering through the booths, being in awe at the performances and learning a trick or two from a blacksmith!

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