Granted, the magic of Christmas markets has spread to many other countries and continents, but the origins of Christmas markets can be traced back to the German-speaking part of Europe in the Middle Ages. A few thousand Christmas markets are held all over Germany each year.
Christkindlmarkt is the German name for the traditional Christmas or winter market, literally translated as “Christ child market.” These markets feature a delightful blend of holiday food, drinks, gifts, and decorations. Various regions of Germany became well-known for their hand-crafted Christmas decorations, wood-working, artwork, and textiles. Today, millions of people enjoy Germany’s Christmas markets each year.
The next time your heart warms at the sight of twinkling lights adorning Herndon’s charming WinterMarkt, remember that we have the Germans to thank for it.
Friday Night Live (FNL) is a free outdoor concert series every Friday Night on the Town Green from May through August.
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