Europe's traditional Christmas markets
Wandering through the lit aisles, inhaling the inviting smell of mulled wine, glancing the little gingerbread shops and other traditional treats, discovering talented local artisans, listening to Christmas carols or simply shaking Santa’s hand: this is how you visit a Christmas Market in Europe.
Traditional Christmas Markets are a true institution in Europe. Germany, France, the Czech Republic and even Austria: each country adorns itself with its most beautiful decorations and lights through the month of December.
This typical tradition from across the Rhine goes back to the 14th century. At that time in Germany, St. Nicholas was celebrated, the protector of children. There were consumer goods, treats and wooden toys to reward good children. In the 16th century, the markets would gradually multiply, first in the East of France, in Alsace, then in the rest of Europe.
Nowadays, Christmas Markets are a vector of sharing and when the holiday season comes, we feel the joy invading the streets.
The Montreal’s Christmas Village mission is to introduce Quebecers to the traditional Christmas Market. In December, the Atwater Market Place is being transformed into a magical site illuminated by thousands of lights, where the little ones can meet Santa Claus, the grown-ups can taste local products in the alleys lined by the chalets, all in a warm and festive Christmas atmosphere.