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A multicultural Christmas Market featuring yum and fun
Christmas traditions around the world are always a great source of fascination for me. Melbourne has such a diverse cultural mix that you're always sure to find something different and amazing. I know when I think of a traditional Christmas, I think of something from the northern end of the world but Christmas for us here is warm weather, salads and the obligatory game of cricket in the backyard.
In Germany, however, Christmas brings up images of houses topped with snow, roaring fires, glittering pines trees and of course, stollen, beer and juicy sausages. The great thing about Melbourne is that you can experience all that here and then enjoy your own Aussie Christmas customs on the 25th of December.
The Deutsche Schule Melbourne presents Weihnachtsmarkt
The Deutsche school is a German bilingual school in North Fitzroy and the proceeds of Wiehnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market) will go towards their new solar system. The market will start at 5 pm and close at 9 pm - so if you're keen to get some of the best homemade produce, it's best to arrive early!
Food trucks and stalls will serve a range of international foods including (but not limited to) German sausages, pizza, French Crepes, Turkish Gozleme, pretzels, cookies, gingerbread and gingerbread houses, cakes and fairy floss - is your mouth watering yet? Of course, there will be plenty to take home for your own Christmas celebrations as well.
If the food is not enough, there will be plenty of kids activities - the inflatable jumping obstacle course has been a favourite in past years, sandpit treasure hunt, face painting and let's not forget St Nikolas, his helpers, and his donkey!
There will also be live music and lots of stalls supporting Victorian craftspeople and artists - including handmade cards, wooden toys, jewellery, natural cosmetics, leather goods, Christmas decorations, clothing and books. It sounds like your one-stop Christmas shopping event!
Just remember, this event is popular, so instead of parking (which is limited), catch the no. 96 or 11 trams which rumble close by the school.
There will be ATM facilities as many stallholders only accept cash but it might be a great idea to grab some cash before you arrive to save queueing and fees.
So, for some pre-Christmas excitement and plenty of gift ideas, come down to 96 Barkly Street North Fitzroy for the annual Deutsche Schule Christmas Market!