Christmas Time is Here…

Around mid-November every year, a magical thing begins to happen all over Europe. Town squares begin to fill with pallets of wood that slowly turn into cute little houses in the following days. The Christmas Markets were coming.

In Wroclaw in particular, the Christmas Market fills the rynek (main square) with these little houses all selling different kinds of Polish delicacies, pottery, and mulled wine. This year the Christmas Market opened on November 21st.

Mulled wine in a boot at the Christmas Market.
Mulled wine in a boot at the Christmas Market.

When you walk through the crowds of people filling the stalls, you have a really hard time focusing on just one thing. Fresh pączki (Polish donuts) call your name in one direction while handmade ceramics drag you in the opposite direction. If I had the time, I could spend days giving each little hut the time it deserves.

The weekend of the opening of the Christmas Market was especially Christmas-y for our group, as we spent the Saturday night seeing The Nutcracker at the Wroclaw Opera House.

Kielbasa and mulled wine before the opera.
Kielbasa and mulled wine before the opera.

We all got dressed up to enjoy this Christmas classic, stopping by the Christmas Market just before to grab some food and drink.

Waiting for The Nutcracker to begin.
Waiting for The Nutcracker to begin.

The Wroclaw Opera is an absolutely gorgeous building, and no picture I took really did it justice. Seeing the classic Christmas ballet was a lot of fun, and helped us get even more into the Christmas spirit.

While the Christmas market was all set up on November 21, the Christmas tree in the center of the rynek was lit this past weekend in honor of St. Nicholas day.

Newly lit Christmas tree.
Newly lit Christmas tree.

Walking through the rynek is more magical than ever now, as we can all see that Christmas time is clearly here.

KCO

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