By Sarah Noel Rodriguez, MA 2015-16
November is quickly coming to end. Heaters are officially on, we’re already wearing our winter coats and scarves for the chilly and overcast days, and coffees taste even better when you’re cold. As we approach the end of the month, there is one thing that is definitely on our minds: Christmas! Soon, the city of Florence will be decorated with lights and nativity scenes, buildings and shops will be adorned with holiday cheer, and there will be Christmas trees in many of the piazzas. Soon, the atmosphere will be filled with the joy and spirit of the holiday season.
Christmas markets are a part of a long European tradition, especially in Germany. The Heidelberg market is a 500 year old tradition that brings the holiday spirit and cheer to Florence every December.
The German market in Florence brings this unique tradition to life. Many little wooden shops sell a variety of items including Christmas decorations, ornaments, toys, jewelry, and clothing fit for the upcoming winter season. The vendors are from all over Europe and bring their own unique cultures with them. When walking through the market, you have the opportunity to explore different cultures, see different Christmas traditions, and attend an event that many look forward to all year long.
If you want to experience a new culture in the form of food, then the market is definitely for you! Many people enjoy the variety of foods that the Weihnachtsmarkt has to offer and it’s one of the most unique aspects of visiting the historic market. There’s authentic German food, including bratwurst, cakes, and sweets like strudel and gingerbread as well as a variety of different beers and mulled wines. All of these tasty treats are perfect for the season.
The famous Heidelberger Weihnachtsmarkt will be open starting on 2 December and will last until 20 December in Piazza Santa Croce and is open every day from 10:00 to 22:00. If you want to get into festive holiday mode and explore new cultures, then going to the market is a great way to enjoy the Christmas spirit in Florence.