My European friends were intrigued as I described a typical aussie Santa Claus image- red shorts, sunglasses, surfing. Yet with its warm mulled wine (Glühwein) and hearty German dishes, the German Christmas Market (Weihnachtsmarkt) returns this year, strong with wintery tradition.
Hosted by the German Bilingual School (Deutsche Schule), it will take place on Friday 22nd November in Fitzroy. This year's Weihnachtsmarkt will make for a fantastic opportunity for those looking to get their homes Christmas-ready. There will be a glittering array of beautiful decorations, traditional and contemporary, with a distinct German flavour. Give your home a festive flare with gorgeous candles, tree decorations, homemade angels and ornate gingerbread houses, which can be pre-ordered and picked up at the market (contact Cathryn McKinney (email@example.com) or Rachel Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org)).
You will also discover unique and wonderful gifts including decorative cards, handmade clothes and handbags, attractive homewares, delightful homemade Christmas biscuits, and much, much more.
To keep young market-goers busy, there will be plenty of fun things to enjoy, including mixing their own reindeer food (a highlight last year!), painting a wooden Christmas ornament or shopping for special treats.
And to satisfy the tastebuds, there will be delicious treats available, including the famous German Bratwurst sausages, scrumptious meatballs (Frikadellen) with potato salad (Kartoffelsalat) and Sauerkraut, Brezeln (pretzels) and delectable crêpes. Sit back and enjoy dinner with German beer, Glühwein, eggnog (Eierpunsch) and a range of soft drinks including Schorle and Spezi.
The Deutsche Schule Melbourne was established in 2008 and is the only school in Victoria offering a fully bilingual program that follows both the Victorian (Australian) curriculum and that of the German state of Thuringia.