Last week, the Christmas Market in Salisbury opened. I’ve visited this market in the past, and said it compared favourably with those in Germany. However, I’ve changed my mind somewhat … but in a good way.
You see, the Christmas markets have developed from sometimes rather tatty clones of the excellent German offerings to taking on an identity of their own. Not particularly an English one, although many local firms chose to display their wares here. Rather, a Continental one, for other stallholders came from all over Europe. And, I suppose it’s the same in other European countries where they have such markets.
So, this year, no oompah bands or gingerbread, which I’ve always associated with the German markets. But, they did have one German import, without which no Christmas market is complete.