So with November slowly coming to an end, Christmas is creeping up and I couldn’t be happier! Christmas is by far one of my favourite times of the year as it is just so magical and makes me so happy. It is one of the only season that highlights my love of sparkle, fairy lights, candles, presents and snow (on the rare occasion)! As the next couple of weeks are super busy for me, we decided to go to the Winchester Christmas Market to see what all the fuss was about. It is supposedly one the best in Europe and I couldn’t resist the temptation of going to a Christmas Market.
Now, growing up in Germany means that every year, the Christkindlmarkt was a big part of December and the run up to Christmas. We would visit the one in our town almost every week to have a Gluhwein and wander around the stalls. Nearer to Christmas we would go to a much bigger Christkindlmarkt in Munich called Tollwood. This was one of my highlights as it is just fantastic and one of my favourites. It is great, especially when it snows! So it’s safe to say I am a bit biased and a little bit of an expert on Christmas Markets with high standards. I was a bit disappointed as it wasn’t at all what I was expecting. It was super busy and was almost as if we were stuck in a Whirlpool with a specific route around the market already marked out for us. As there were so many people, it meant that we couldn’t wander around and have a glance at what was on offer. It was a lovely atmosphere though, and we both had such a lovely day walking around Winchester and experiencing it all. It has just dawned on me that this was probably one of the first Christmas Markets I’ve actually experienced in the UK.
We started off the day walking around the town and looking in some of the shops on the high-street before indulging in the biggest stack of pancakes ever! We’d heard some great things about a place called Josie’s (thanks Henry) and decided we’d make a pit stop. We weren’t disappointed. I ordered a stack of pancakes with bacon, egg, sausages and maple syrup, weird combination I know, but somehow it worked! It was massive and yummy and I hardly finished the plate but it was great! I would recommend going to visit, if you are in Winchester.
The Christmas Market itself was cute and felt very Christmassy. We bought some Christmas gifts from the stalls for family and walked around for a bit. We enjoyed an obligatory cup of Gluhwein (Mulled Wine) and sat looking at our surroundings. It was quite spectacular being in the grounds of the Cathedral with all the different lights and music it was such a dreamy visit.
Going to the market has definitely made me so much more excited for Christmas and I can’t wait to go home and celebrate with all my family. It is one of my favourite holidays for a reason! I’m equally as excited to explore Budapest at Christmas with Ryan, and show him all the great things Budapest has to offer at Christmas. For now though, I will have to settle for cheesy Christmas TV movies, Christmas Music and of course, Christmas Shopping!