Many marketing strategies out there will have you believe this Friday, and entire weekend for that matter, is a race to the best deal for holiday shopping. If you can get your turkey-laden butt out of bed at the crack of dawn, you will surely find happiness in that super deal you elbowed your way through Target to get.
But if you would rather let your turkey hangover take its natural course, then perhaps a stroll through Excelsior's annual open-air German Christmas market will lift your holiday mood in a less frantic, more emotionally satisfying way.
With all the trimmings of a truly enchanted German Christmas market (Christkindlesmarkt), this weekend's festival will be the furthest thing from the hectic sales and elbow throws, and perhaps a niftier attempt at getting into the holiday spirit.
Now in its fourth year, the Excelsior Christkindlesmarkt follows the 400-year-old tradition of celebrating Christmas in Germany with good food and handmade crafts. It opens this Friday and features all the tasty German traditions one might expect, including sausages, potatoes, roasted almonds, strudel, and the best winter drink ever: Glühwein. The sweetened wine is served warm, and is the perfect treat on a chilly day.
There will also be traditional, handmade crafts for purchase such as ornaments, nutcrackers, smokers, homemade jam, local maple syrup, and more. In addition to the good food and shopping, there will be live carolers, Santa on his North Pole trolley (naturally!), a lantern parade, bell choirs, and an ice princess.
The weekend will be packed with all Christmas things German to see and do. Friday and Saturday the market will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, as are the fantastic smells.