We are quite fond of markets and all sorts of fairs, as you may have gathered by now. But when it comes to Christmas, there are a few obstacles in the way of uncompromised excitement. Try finding another event where cheesyness is allowed to flow as freely while people turn blind, helped by Glühwein and let themselves loose in the merriness. It is so far off of any religious tradition, there’s no bother to try and start an argument there.
So instead of bickering and adding one cynical comment to the other, why not experience it for yourself I said to myself, and go to the mother lode of all christmas markets. That is to be found in the southern part of Germany, a very festive country from the start, in the city of Nürnberg. So not only Munich’s Oktoberfest has conquered the world, there is another event that has swept across the western part of the world right before Christmas.
Apart from truly delicious, yet unhealthy food, both sweet and greasy there is a variety of Glühwein that makes you almost forget all the superfluous crap sold at said fair. It is big, it is merry and it’s actually good fun being there. Mind you, there are busloads of tourists visiting Nürnberg that time of the year, but luckily enough the locals make that busy and unfestive folk very much forgotten. Would I go to another Christmas market ever again? Not if I can help it. Do I mind having gone to Nürnberg? Not at all, actually highly recommended. And then you may gladly and thankfully skip all the rest.