It was now December 1990, during the season of Advent – the period that includes the four Sundays that precede Christmas Day – and we visited Trier to see and explore the city’s Christmas Market.
Trier is a wonderful city full of beautifully restored buildings and pedestrian zones throughout the Old City – and has a large market square that was perfect for setting up the Christmas Market in.
The Trier Christmas Market – like all Christmas Markets – was very popular and filled with people shopping for Christmas related merchandise and enjoying Advent’s festive music, seasonal foods and drink.
Vendor stands sell all types of Christmas merchandise and handmade craft items – along with food stalls and hot spiced wine that are all simply irresistible on a cold and wet December day in Germany.
The openness of the central market square in Trier is remarkable for its size, and all through the year there are farmer’s markets and cut fresh flowers and the like being sold there.
The wonderful thing about authentic German Christmas Markets is the fact that a great amount of care is used to create a Christmas village feeling that looks and feels authentic and in character with the season of Advent.
A small band gathers under the pavilion preparing to perform traditional Christmas music in the middle of the Christmas Market – providing the festive music and atmosphere of Advent for everyone to enjoy at the market – shoppers, vendors and onlookers alike.
This view of Trier’s Christmas Market includes some of the most beautifully restored half-timbered buildings that you’ll see anywhere in Europe.
Because Trier dates back over 2000 years by all accounts, there is a wealth of historic architecture and ruins to see in and around the city – going back to the time of the Roman Empire.
The size of Trier’s central market area even dwarfs the Christmas Market – as my wife and her parents stroll across the square in the middle of this picture – it would be improbable to fill up the entire square with vendor booths.
A nice view of shingled vendor booths, leading the eye from window display to window display – enticing shoppers to look over all of the Christmas merchandise that they have to offer.
A large Nativity Scene on display in the Christmas Market reminds us all of the true meaning of Christmas – our Savior Jesus Christ was born in a manger in Bethlehem over 2000 years ago – to save us from our sins that we might have eternal life.
David rides a “flying” elephant on a carousel or merry-go-round at the Trier Christmas Market – entertaining visitors of all ages alike.
We visited the Christmas Market on more than one occasion, and here David is all bundled up against the cold December chill as my wife adjusts his hood for the picture.