Time:2 - 3 Hours
In Germany, the opening of its famed Christmas markets at the end of November signals the beginning of the holiday season. Hosted in town squares, parks and along waterfronts across the country, these open-air markets are centred on hearty food, yuletide drinks and great shopping - which makes them perfect places for winter dates!
Luckily, there’s no need to fly to Germany to enjoy a glass of hot Gluehwein (mulled wine), a perfectly charred Bratwurst and some festive window shopping. More and more similarly styled Christmas markets are opening every year in towns and cities across Europe and North America. If you’re looking to get out in the frosty air, impress your partner with this fantastic winter day (or evening) out!
- Warm clothes
- Reliable Transportation Home (in case you indulge in one too many mulled wines)
- Find a market near you. In Germany, the name for a Christmas market is “Weihnachtsmarkt” and they exist in even the tiniest villages! While there are far fewer abroad, they are becoming more and more common in cities and large towns. Look online to find one somewhere near you. At the very least, you’ll be sure to find a Holiday market or Christmas carnival as a great alternative!
- Preparation. This is an outdoor winter date, so depending on where you live it could be very cold. Make sure that both you and your date dress warmly and choose a dry day or evening that isn’t too cold (frostbite is never attractive). Plan to bring cash, as many sellers won’t have a credit card machine.
- Show up hungry! There will be a huge range of delicious hot foods to choose from, from German sausages and fries to stews, steaks and latkes. Gluehwein is Germany’s famous mulled red wine (be careful, some say that it’s more potent than champagne!), and hot chocolate, coffee, cold drinks and beer will all be for sale at one of the many vendors.
- The markets are set up like small towns, letting you wind down little lanes lined with miniature wooden houses selling homemade treats and fine handcrafted gifts. Carollers are often present to fill the air with your favorite holiday songs and Santa Claus will make a much-anticipated appearance. You can easily spend the entire day here!
Looking for a casual and fun double date destination? Going to a Christmas market in a group is a great way to enjoy each other’s company in a relaxed environment! You can all eat and drink together and split off into pairs or smaller groups when the women feel like shopping or the men want to check out the mechanics of Santa’s sleigh.