Date : 29. Nov – 24. Dec 2018
The squares and streets of St Gallen come alive in December, with around 700 sparkling stars covering the historic facades of the UNESCO world heritage town shine festively in a pre-Christmas glow. Each of the 2 meter diameter stars consist of 14 rays which stand for the 14 city districts of St Gallen. There are a further 70 adorning the gables of the Christmas Markets chalets in the Marktgasse and the Neugasse, which are filled with cribs, toys and handicrafts. There is a romantic Christmas Market held in the Old Town streets, there are special Advent tours, Concerts in the baroque Cathedral and seasonal readings make the pre-Christmas time in this Swiss ‘Sternenstadt’ a very special experience.
The St Gallen Christmas Market extends from the Waaghaus over the Bohl to the Marktplatz. Traders come from far and wide come here to sell their traditional Christmas goods. For the Christmas spirit come to the ornate little ‘Giebelhäuschen’ on the St Gallen Christmas Market and warm yourself with some Glühwein, Feuerzangenbowle (brandy punch) and other traditional delicacies. On the Christkindlmarkt between Webergasse and Gallusplatz you can find home-made gifts to hearty barley soup. Look out for the Gingerbread from St Gallen and the special St Galler Bratwurst, both special at this Christmas time, they make great gifts but are best enjoyed right here fresh at the market.
There are 600 carved and sculpted stone cherubs looking down from bay windows and buildings in the Abbey district of St Gallen, these can be seen on one of the “Angels are not just in Heaven” tours run by the St Gallen- Bodensee Tourism Office throughout December. A living Advent calendar can be admired in Rorschach, the port on Lake Constance. There is a small program of events in the Lindeplatz featuring local solo artists and groups.
Christmas is also a time when we tend to think more about food and drink as we like to treat our family and friends when they come to visit, but have you ever thought about what foods are traditional in other countries of the world? Why not take a look at the page below and see what other nationalities are cooking up this Christmas. Christmas is also a time for trying out traditional and new ways of cooking meals, cakes, snacks…….. the list goes on, here we have a selection of Christmas recipes from around the world for you to take a look at, and maybe try out … and if you have a special recipe that you would like to share with the world, then you can send it in to us for others to try out to World-wide Christmas Recipes. Who are the most important people at Christmas? yes, of course, its the CHILDREN and we have not left them out, there is a page packed full of Christmas activities to keep them busy ( and Mums everywhere heave a sigh of relief ! ) … take a look at this page and download the information Children’s Christmas page Read about the Christmas Customs and Traditions of the nations of the world and how they differ, or are maybe the same as, ours. … What is the feast of the “Epiphany” or that of “St Lucia“ which countries are these important too? See here the origins of the most beautiful of all the Christmas Carols “Silent Night“, where it came from, who wrote it and listen to the song itself ( look to see which very famous person is singing it!) Have a look at the main Christmas page and see who Father Christmas is, where did he come from, where is he now, and who is St Nicolaus? Send him a letter from the children, browse through some Christmas Market Tours or listen to a new Christmas song on the page there is so much to see and read, so why not do it !! For those of you who want to travel a little further than the local shops this year have a look at Father Christmas in Lapland or maybe (the ultimate treat for Mums – Dads take note ! ) Shopping in New York we have it all right here for you. As Christmas approaches we also think of snow and with that thought comes skiing, skating, sledging and all manner of “Fun in the Snow” things to do which will last for weeks after Christmas time has been and gone. Around Europe there are many places to visit where you can enjoy the winter activities, whether it is before, during or after Christmas. Below you will find a sample of activities and places to look at which you may find will interest or even surprise you. Please take time to have a look.
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