Last weekend, on a blustery, cold gray Sunday, we joined the crowds of hardy (brave? silly? chilly?) Minnesotans and ventured to the Minneapolis Holiday Market! We double-dated with my cute parents and although we couldn’t really feel our toes or our fingers after a while, it was worth spending the time outside. The mulled wine was warm, the people friendly, and the holiday cheer just plain contagious. The Holiday Market is new this year, so it was fun to check it out!
^^ Swedish potato sausage, which tasted like a very good brat! ^^
^^ beautiful Polish pottery! In retrospect, I probably should’ve picked up a few pieces! Each piece is hand-painted and unique! ^^
^^ we really enjoyed the Feuerzangenbowle – a mulled wine drink. it was fun asking the German stand-owners how to pronounce the drink over and over again, until we almost had it right! 😉 ^^
^^ the mandatory potato pancakes, which can be served with either applesauce or onions and sour cream! they were good but not as good as the ones Oma (my German great-grandma) used to make ^^
^^ a local dance studio was performing “The Nutcracker” in the gazebo! (there was a warming tent at the Holiday Market – you can see that behind the gazebo.) ^^
^^ traditional German spaetzle (a pasta dish) – so, so buttery and good! ^^
There used to be a Hollidazzle Parade in years past, which I grew up going to and LOVED. This Holiday Market is in place of the Hollidazzle, so naturally some people are a bit disappointed. I miss the parade, too! The Holiday Market wasn’t as large as we were expecting, but the shops and stands there had cute holiday gift products and delicious, authentic German food! All in all, it was a fun couple hours spent outside with family. And spending time soaking up holiday cheer is something we all love this time of year! 🙂
Have you been to a holiday market? What kinds of holiday events are in your area this time of year??