Wiesbaden Twinkling Star Christmas Market is the BEST little German Christmas Market I’ve been to! Living in Wiesbaden makes me a teensy bit biased, but I am prone to speak my mind, so if it were less than fantastic you would know! Wiesbaden is the wealthy capital of the German state of Hessen. The city overall is clean and quiet with it’s history as a spa resort town. People who have visited us have commented that compared to every city in Europe they have been through, Wiesbaden was their favorite because most locals are very classy and polite, and the area is very well-kempt and safe. It does not have half-timbered houses or the Bavarian charm, but it is a modern, centrally located, small city. I love Wiesbaden.
The Christmas Market fits in perfectly with the overall feel of the Wiesbaden. Giant lit lotus flowers and smaller strings of lighted moons and stars line the Christmas Market area, which is strewn with sparkling banners. Wiesbaden’s Christmas Market is not simply called “Wiesbadener Weihnachtsmarkt” (Weihnacht means Christmas)…it has a special name: “Sternschnuppenmarkt”: Twinkling Star Christmas Market. I love it!
…There are some strange displays/children’s rides in every Christmas Market…Wiesbaden was no exception. How weird is this “Christmas Train” ride with Santa Claus, a wild boar, and Pinocchio? And this was only a small section!
Overall, the Wiesbaden Christmas Market was the most laid back, enjoyable small Christmas Market I have been to. It was so charming that the small size of it did not bother me. There was diversity in the items available at the stalls and some nice little food stands. Our daughter fell asleep as soon as we arrived at the market (yes, we walked from our house…and it was COLD!), so we wandered around a little bit, buying hot chocolate, waffles, crepes, and gluhwein. As soon as we were done with our drinks, our daughter woke up screaming, sending us on a speed walk home. I hope to spend more time at Wiesbadener Sternschuppenmarkt this year! I walked around downtown the other day and everything was set up for the Christmas Market…the Christmas Tree was lovely and decorated.