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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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3 German Christmas markets to enjoy
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Multicultural Melbourne does Christmas extremely well as it looks to all corners of the globe for inspiration.

But it's 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 Christmas markets leading up to the festive season.

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.

Source: Wikipedia Stollen de Magmot Alexandre Duret-Lutz

German Christmas at the Melbourne Town Hall

This annual German Christmas market is held in the iconic Melbourne Town Hall. You can't miss the building as it's decorated to look like a huge Christmas present this time of year.

Here you can buy traditional hand crafted European Christmas decoration and special German foods such as stollen, wuerstchen and lebkuchen (a special baked German Christmas treat).

It is hosted by the Australian German Welfare Society and all goods are authentic German items.

german christmas markets melbourne

You will find the Melbourne Town Hall at 100 Swanston Street
Melbourne and the event is on:

Thursday 4th December 2014

Melbourne Lower Town Hall


There is another Weihnachtsmarkt (German Christmas Market) at the Fitzroy North German-English bilingual school Deutsche School

Source: Facebook Deutsche Schule Melbourne

Again, this event is a chance to soak up German culture. 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.

Many of the Christmas decorations are made by the students and their families.

Lots of activities for children (making reindeer food, painting salt dough ornaments). The organisers can't promise snow but they will do a bubble fall.

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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

Date: Friday 28th of November 2014
Time: 5 pm - 9 pm

Telephone: 03 9489 9364

Facebook Deutsche Schule Melbourne

Sunday 23rd November 2014 - The TTHA Weihnachtsmarkt German Christmas Market at Bayswater

This is an annual one day event with heaps of Christmas gift ideas and wonderful German food such as brezles, cakes and tortes. Of particular interest are the handcrafted Christmas decorations, homemade soaps and lotions and gourmet goodies such as jams, chutneys and syrups.

Kids have their own entertainment area with a Basteln (craft stall).

Tabulam and Templer Homes for the Aged (TTHA)
Sunday 23rd November 2014
10am - 2pm
31 – 41 Elizabeth Street

To find out more click here.

Source: Wikipedia Gingerbread house with lighting.
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Why? To enjoy the delights of a German Christmas
Where: Various.
Cost: Entry is free. What you spend is up to you.
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Hi Nadine
Are there any German Christmas Markets in Melbourne this year (2015)? Would you review them again?
by elivi (score: 1|73) 1484 days ago
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