Ten days after the German Christmas Market opened in Sofia, the one in Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second largest city, started on November 26 at Stefan Stambolov Square.
The concept is comparable to all Christmas markets in the German-speaking world or in Sofia: Wooden huts were spread out around a large Christmas tree, or a fountain, like in this case. In those huts, they sell potential Christmas presents, including candles, Christmas decoration and art work.
Even more importantly, they offer Glühwein. That German word stands for hot, red wine with cinnamon, which is available on all German Christmas markets, no matter where they are.
They also offer German Bratwurst and more treats.
The German Christmas Market in Plovdiv is not quite as established yet, as the one in Sofia, which is probably why it was less crowded during the official opening yesterday evening. But that is actually an advantage, at least for visitors.
While the German Christmas Market in Sofia will be taking place until December 21st, 2016, the one in Plovdiv will last until December 28th. This is unconventional since, in Germany, all Christmas markets close before Chrismas Eve.
(Photo: Lance Nelson)