Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Don't Mention The War!

Excuse the title of today's post, its for the Fawlty Towers fans out there! Anyway, this is the German Market (hence the title!) in the Prom. It runs for a couple of weeks at the end of November, to tie in with the switch on of Cheltenham's Christmas lights, and has 60 stalls, sorry - German style chalets, selling all sorts of hand made gifts for the fast approaching festive season. You can get anything from wooden toys and jewellery to soap and woolly hats, it has something for everyone. And once you've had a peruse of the stalls you can stop for a freshly cooked Bratwurst sausage and a glass of German beer. Perfect shopping!

I wonder if they have a British Christmas Market in Germany?! Do you have anything like this where you live?
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19 comments:

magiceye said...

in mumbai we have state wise exhibitions every couple of months.

ShutterSpy said...

There's one in Birmingham city centre every year - it looks very similar.

Bibi said...

Hi! I would like to come to this festival, even though it isn't British. Here we have holiday sales, but very low-key. Not so commercial. The International Women's Association has a biggie, though.

Hilda said...

Why German in particular? The stalls (alright, German style chalets) are cute.

We have bazaars the whole year round! Then lots more for Christmas starting October. Filipinos really just love shopping, and not just in malls. ;D I think I'm actually an exception.

Tanya said...

No we don't have anything like this but I would love it! We do have a farmers market downtown which is the oldest continuous running farmers market in the area, since the mid 1800's. I've not gone yet though and not sure if they shut it down over the winter.
I'll visit it eventually and take a picture or two :)

Ken Mac said...

we have almost the exact arrangement at Union Square Park. But no sausage unfortunately!

Bergson said...

The market is a little early!!

We Have a market like this but in december

Tash said...

It's great to see the young & the old, men & women shopping at the market - good people shot!
No Christmas markets here in PV, but there are Nutcracker ballet performances galore.

Petrea said...

It looks like just the kind of thing I'd love, and it hearkens back to ancient times, when people brought their wares to market to sell. I love it.

D.C. Confidential said...

I wish we had German-style or Austria-style (or Swiss. Why leave them out?) Christmas markets in the States. I lived in Austria for two Christmases and absolutely loved the simplicity of gifts and spirit found in these little Weihnachtsmarkt.

Great picture of your local brand of holiday commerce! I'm reduced to fighting the crowds in mega malls or shopping online. It just isn't the same or even comparable, is it?

Jackie said...

They're building the chalets at the moment in Glasgow, so I guess the market will be up and running in the next week or so.

babooshka said...

Don't be silly here, although we do now have a Poilsh shop in Douglas- progress. I have been to the one in Brum, and wonderful it is too. funite sign of christmas.

Neva said...

Where do I sign up for a beer and a brat???

Ming the Merciless said...

The annual Christmas Bazaaar at Union Square are just opening too. It will open through the week before Christmas.

The bazaar sells pretty much the same things as you described here. And most stalls are run by small business owners and artists.

Dusty Lens said...

Nothing like this here, excpet for a few Scandinavian shops.

However, we do enjoy your British shows shown here on Public Broadcast Stations. We used to watch East Enders and Keeping up appearances. And whatever showes PBS has for us from the BBC.

Chuck Pefley said...

Attendance looks a might sparse. We have a similar thing known as Kriskindlemart in a small Bavarian theme town about 100 miles from Seattle. Complete with roasting chestnuts.

lisleman said...

I love faulty towers title - even better than monty python (which btw has their own channel on youtube)
Chicago has a Christkindlmarket german market - I think its a german tradition that spread to many parts of the world.

Beth65 said...

They don't show Fawlty Towers on my BBC anymore, guess it was too politically incorrect, I miss it and another "waiting for God" and something about self sufficiency. we americans are too critical, was a nice surprise to see your blog writeup of Fawlty Towers.

Ineke said...

haha, and don't say that in my household or someone is bound to put a finger under his nose, rise his arm and flap his leg up in the air.
we've got them on dvd and from time to time we see it so often i am almost sick of hearing the tune and i can literally say out loud what scene is next.
But now that you mentioned it...

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