A Christmas Market in Huttwil

Last weekend I was lucky to experience a traditional Christmas Market, Swiss style.

IMG_1555

Unlike in Manchester, the Christmas Market in Huttwil is set up for a long weekend only. It’s a preamble to Christmas, designed to get you in the festive spirit, started on your Christmas shopping, and of course to bring lots of tourists to the area. As a result, everyone wants to make the most of it. We visited 4 times; twice for shopping and twice for gluhwein.

IMG_1509

Despite being small, the market had lots of interesting things to offer.

IMG_1526

And, contrary to my expectation, it was an entirely different selection to that found in Manchester. Although I do understand that many of the same traders turn out year after year, so maybe that feeling of seeing it all before is not unique to Manchester.

IMG_1546

For me however, it was all new.

The Market was spread over a few streets, all of which were lined with little wooden huts, rammed full of Christmas goodies.

IMG_1516

Most things looked handmade.

IMG_1548

There were many examples of wood carving, a traditional Swiss craft, including some rather beautiful Christmas tree ornaments.

IMG_1522

More on those once I’ve put up my tree.

Unsurprisingly there were lots of delicious consumables, including biscuits, sweets, and chocolates – Swiss of course!

IMG_1523

There were lovely displays set up all over the market, including a nativity,

IMG_1520

a witch’s house,

IMG_1536

IMG_1537

and a sleigh full of chopped wood – you’d never see an axe so freely abandoned in Manchester now would you!

IMG_1553

There were bands, musicians,

IMG_1525

and even sheep!

IMG_1569

The gluhwein came in market mugs similar to those we have in Manchester, which we kept to add to our collection.

IMG_1532

I loved looking at all the beautiful things, and taking in the details. Check out the gingerbread hut!

IMG_1586

The market left me feeling very Christmassy and even more excited about decorating my tree with my new decorations.

1 Comment On This Topic
  1. Carol Johnson
    4 years ago

    It looks a very interesting array of goodies, great photographs.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.