The Christmas market in Dusseldorf is more of a grown up party. Locals and tourists pack narrow streets to browse craft and food stalls. Children tend to see only the backside of the adult in front of them as they’re shuffled along by parents. And the night time festivities get downright jolly with barrels of Gluhwein (warm wine with sugar and spices) and glasses of beer. The excitement of the market was hard to capture in pictures or relate in words. Friends gathered around warm mugs and ate their yearly decadent treats of fried hash browns served with applesauce, bratwurst, candied nuts, waffles, licorice, and pork knuckle sauerkraut sandwiches (a favorite). The evening turned close to perfect when a brass band (complete with a plaid suited tuba player) struck up Christmas tunes.
Also, the Christmas crafts appeared to be absolute last priority for all. Doilies and handmade hippie candles from 1991 invoked a cursory glance as everyone merrily walked past to the Gluhwein.