Happy Holidays

German Christmas Markets vs London Hyde Park

This year I had the best of both worlds and visited the London Christmas markets as well as the one in Dusseldorf. Whilst Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland (picture above) is fun to visit, I prefer the cute and cosy Christmas markets in Germany. Roller coasters and Christmas don’t really go hand in hand for me – I do love roller coasters during the rest of the year though :). Also I have not come across really good mulled wine in London either. AND I also love to have Reibekuchen on the Christmas market.

German Christmas Markets vs London Hyde Park

One of my favourite part of the Christmas markets are the Christmas villages. They consist of little decorated houses and stalls that usually either sell crafts or food and drinks. Some of stalls are a bit bigger so that you can sit inside with your mulled wine and listen to Christmas music :)

♫ ♬ Have a holly, jolly Christmas. It’s the best time of the year ♩ ♪

German Christmas Markets vs London Hyde Park

Christmas at Home

There has only been one Christmas so far that I didn’t spend at home (I was studying in Peru). For all the other years I managed to come home :) A few years ago London was snowed in and no plane would leave the country. Then I went by train to Dover and then took the ferry to Calais. After a few more hours of literally sliding to Germany (we even passed a truck that was turned 180 degrees on the highway..) I arrived home. The whole journey took around 12 hours… but I made it in time!

German Christmas Markets vs London Hyde Park

We usually have Christmas Eve dinner at my parents’ and then Christmas Day and Boxing Day dinner at my grannies’ places. This has been like that since I was born. And the spot in front of the Christmas tree has also been my reserved place to unwrap presents since I was a little girl. Not much has changed when you come for Christmas :)

German Christmas Markets vs London Hyde Park

♩ ♪ He’s making a list, He’s checking it twice, He’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice. Santa Claus is coming to town ♫ ♬

German Christmas Markets vs London Hyde Park

 ♬ Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way. Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh ♩ ♪

German Christmas Markets vs London Hyde Park

Did you notice the super cute earrings that I was wearing in one of the photos above? They are handmade by Slovenian jewellery designer Sanda Vidmar with who I am collaborating this December and January. She does not only create super unique jewellery, she also thinks a lot about the meaning and symbolism behind her creations. The birds shadow earrings come with the following words – the interpretation is up to you :)

‘This silver shallow bird was used to fly alone. Then one day she looked down and found another bird just like her, always following her around. She wanted to get rid of the annoying company, flew high, flew low, flew fast and hid behind the tree. But little did she know it was impossible. She wasn’t the brightest one, you see. Not very bright at all.’

Sanda Vidmar Jewellery

For more jewellery by Sanda Vidmar click over to A Happy Walk In The Park or check out her shop here. There will be a little giveaway in January, so make sure to check in then :)

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  1. December 29, 2017 / 5:23 am

    I have come to really love Christmas markets and went to my second one this year in Frankfurt and in Mainz and it was incredible. You’re right, I too am yet to find good mulled wine in London. In 2016 I had the best mulled wine in Slovenia and this year it was Germany.
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  2. December 29, 2017 / 8:23 am

    Those earrings are beautiful! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  3. December 29, 2017 / 8:30 am

    I would love to go to a Christmas market abroad, I just don’t think they get it right over here. Hope you had an amazing Christmas and a very Happy New Year

  4. December 29, 2017 / 8:42 am

    Ahhhh so lovely to be home for Christmas. I am a home girl as well at Christmas and since we have moved to Sweden love being at home even more for it

  5. December 29, 2017 / 10:25 am

    Love, love, love the German markets, you can’t beat them!

  6. December 29, 2017 / 11:56 am

    I missed out on Winter Wonderland this year but I feel like you’re right when you say WW doesn’t feel like Christmas. I love the festive feeling, the hustle and bustle, the lights, the markets, you can feel Christmas in the air! Its a beautiful time of year and I hope you had an amazing one!

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  7. December 29, 2017 / 9:56 pm

    I’ve never been to a Christmas market! I love your earrings and knowing they are handmade makes them even more special

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