We parked at the Opera House Parkade, and a short walk away we came upon the main market place with Bonn City Hall
My tour guide and niece Michelle knew her way, and I had to hustle to capture a few images along the way. The onion domes belong to Sacret Heart Church.
Soon we arrived at Star Street just as the sun began to set.
A typical landmark in this historic city, converted to a lovely tea room we rested at to enjoy some delicious seasonal teas.
A drugstore beautifully illuminated along the way.
The first grouping of seasonal booths.
Handwoven baskets… I was sad I could not pick one up but luggage requirements ensured my educated restraint.
Despite the people all around I found my focus, the lights…
…and special booths I had never seen before, like this one modeled after the Erzgebirge light pyramides of my childhood.
Here it is once again from a different angle.
The decorations always draw me in.
Who can resist these sweet angels? Michelle picked one up for her mom, my sister.
Two years ago I was mesmerized by these intricate stars. I was tempted to pick one or two up but put it off and never followed through in the end. Maybe next time?
…big nosed trolls…
…gingerbread hearts with royal icing decorations and loving expressions, there is something for everyone!
A very elaborate food booth, a popular hangout for visitors.
The district mayor, Helmut Kollig officially opened the market, which is running for 35 days this year. Mayor Kollig offered some historical background to medieval pre-Christmas Originally Christmas Markets only took place for a few days to provide an opportunity for stocking up on supplies for the holidays. Gradually the duration of Christmas Markets in Germany increased to week-long events. This will be the longest duration for the Christmas Market Bonn has ever enjoyed.
Michelle and I explored the market as it spread from church plaza to church plaza.
The Bonn Muenster…
…with colourfully illuminated booths…
…offering anything from food to hand-dipped candles.
An eye-catching Gluehwein (mulled red wine) booth draws huge crowds and nobody seems to mind standing in line for an over-priced and over-sweetened traditional drink!
More of my favourite stars made from folded papers.
Around the corner another beautiful booth.
The crowds were increasing the later and darker it got.
I wonder what Ludwig von Beethoven is thinking?
One more view of the Bonn Muenster and one of the elaborate Gluehwein booths…
…before we make our way down another department store lined streets…
…and take in the children’s hot spot, a slow moving carousel playing Christmas music while turning.
My special thank you goes to my young niece Michelle for spending the evening with me. Her birthday had just passed and this was our special time together which had to be concluded with a good meal. Her choice: Pizza Hut! Apparently it is her favourite place in Bonn to eat. 😉