The Christmas markets of Luxembourg City were one of the first things I wrote about upon arriving here, so I felt compelled to bookend my one year anniversary by celebrating them again. They begin popping up around the end of November, so as not to sicken residents of the season months before it even arrives (see US shopping malls for comparison). They decorate a city which tends toward the grey and gloomy this time of year with light and activity, they fill the streets with festive shoppers long after normal shops have closed, and they have introduced me to the wonders of gluhwein and gromperekichelcher (which has taken most of the year just to learn how to pronounce).
The variety at these markets is impressive. There are, of course, lackluster stands filled with the sort of trinkets one could find year round in standard tourist shops. But there is also a fair amount of local artistry and craftwork on display. Candy, baked goods, clothing, accessories, woodwork, metalwork, housewares, Christmas ornaments, handmade games and toys, etc. are all available for purchase. Though not necessarily vegetarian friendly, omnivores will love the variety of unhealthy treats on display. And the gluhwein is for everyone (okay, maybe not your kids). Many evenings also include live Christmas music on the center stage. It is no wonder such a large chunk of the local population as well as many tourists gather here.
The following are photos taken between the market at Place de Armes (near my office) and Place de Paris near the Gare.