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Published October 7th 2017
Weihnachtsmarkts in Melbourne for all things German
Melbourne does multi-cultural Christmas well looking to all corners of the globe for inspiration.
But as in Europe, it is worth turning to German culture to experience the real intensity of the Christmas spirit. Christmas, or Weihnachten, is considered to be an important family orientated time of the year with many special foods, customs and traditions.
You can share in and taste some of these traditions in various Weihnachten markets leading up to the festive season. They are all in November so don't miss out.
Here you will find stollen, an ancient German treat, Christmas cookies (plätzchen), gingerbread houses, sugar-coated almonds, nativity scenes, hand-carved wooden Nutcracker figures (Nussknacker). If you are lucky, you might also get to hear a brass band, sip some beer or German wine or purchase handcrafted items such as wooden toys and hand-blown glass ornaments.
Think also of genuine German chocolates, freshly baked bread and professionally made coffee. There are 40 boutique stalls. Of particular interest, are the handcrafted Christmas decorations made by the ladies of the Templer Handcraft Group, as well as homemade soaps and lotions and gourmet goodies such as jams, chutneys and syrups.
This is a great Christmas event for the whole family to enjoy and kids have their own entertainment area with a Basteln (craft stall). The venue is Tabulam and Templer Homes for the Aged which caters specifically for older family members who have German cultural links. It is wonderful therefore, that this event is not only cross-cultural but also cross-generational.
Date: Sunday 19th of November 2017
Time: 10am to 2pm
Weihnachtsmarkt (German Christmas Market) at the Fitzroy North Deutsche School
There is another Weihnachtsmarkt (German Christmas Market) at the Fitzroy North German-English bilingual school Deutsche School.
Again, this event is a chance to soak up German culture. It tends to get quite busy so I suggest you get there early. There is plenty of German food including wurst, sauerkraut, pretzels, bratwurst and potato salad, crepes and sugared almonds. Try some Gluhwein (either chilled or hot) and German beer.
Facebook Weihnachtsmarkt (German Christmas Market) at the Fitzroy North Deutsche School
The market is based on the traditional Christmas street stalls held throughout Germany so it is an authentic German experience for Melbourne families. The market usually ends with bilingual carols by candlelight.
The Deutsche Schule Melbourne is at 96 Barkly St, Fitzroy North at the corner of Dean Street
There is also the Weihnachtsmarkt at the bilingual Bayswater South Primary School on Enfield drive in Bayswater. It will include food stalls, games for the children, book stall, cake stall, Jumping castle, petting zoo and other market stalls. It is held on Wednesday 13th December from 4.30 - 8.00pm.