Heidelberger Weihnachtsmarkt in Santa Croce

Events — By katiegreenaway on December 8, 2010 at 1:19 pm

The Christmas season has started in Piazza Santa Croce. Don’t miss the Heidelberger Weihnachtsmarkt. From November 30th to December 17th in Piazza Santa Croce Heidelberg, Germany lends its 500-year-old traditional Weihnachtsmarkt or Christmas market to Florence. The cultural event happens every year with 40 small wooden kiosks that take up the piazza. Heidelberg is connected to Florence by the last member of the Medici, Anna Maria Luisa, who gave Medici treasures to the city and was also married to the Elector Palatine and Prince of Heidelberg.

The German Christmas market is always popular each year it takes place. Not only is there Austrian and German specialties but also merchants from northern Europe, like France and Holland. There is an early 20th century style merry-go-round revolving bar that gives this city a strong sense of Christmas. Each kiosk sells great gift ideas for anyone in the family. From Christmas tree decorations, Nativity Scene figurines, hand-made toys and special festive items like Christmas pyramid merry-go-rounds, traditional Bunzlau ceramics. Also there are plenty of traditional German cuisine and beverages, such as spiced wines, German beers, juicy bratwursts and scrumptious strudel and crepes. Some of the top German delicacies you can find at the market are Pfefferkuchen (peppery biscuits), the traditional Heidelberg Lebkuchen (honey biscuits) and Dresdner Stollen (sweet raisin bread filled with marzipan).

The Christmas season starts in Piazza Santa Croce. The Christmas atmosphere consists of many cultural activities and a visit from Babbo Natale or Santa Claus. Enjoy glasses of warm vin brule` with spices, munch on German treats while listening to Christmas carols or even take the time to learn a new recipe. Some of the kiosks are having cooking lessons of how to make cakes and sweets.

Via del Corso, Firenze

Heidelberger Weihnachtsmarkt
November 30th-December 19th
10am-8pm Daily
Piazza Santa Croce

Tags: Christmas, christmas market, german, Heidelberg, holiday, traditional, Weihnachtsmarkt

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