Taking a stroll down the Main Street of the German village town of Hahndorf was truly like walking in a winter wonderland as the annual Christkindlmarkt rolled into town during the most wonderful time of the year.
The carpark of C3 Church was decked with fairy lights and market stalls galore as visitors travelled from near and far to experience the joy and festive cheer that the Christmas markets bring each year.
Nestled in wooden hut frames decorated with tinsel and baubles aplenty were an endless array of market stalls selling their wares, ranging from soaps and candles, to Christmas decorations and children’s toys.
A variety of food stalls and vans were also serving up hot and cold goodies alike so visitors could eat, drink and be merry all evening long.
Run by a local Australian-German family, Deutsche Delectables brought the delicious flavours of Deutschland to Christmas down-under with their traditional Glühwein, or mulled wine, which could be served in an adorable festive mug for only an extra $5.
In addition to stalls holding everything from bier sticks to fairy floss, other food stalls present all weekend long included Krispy Kreme, Squid Inc, Orexi Souvlaki and Fully Loaded Hot Chips just to name a few.
With pizzas good enough to fill even Santa’s belly, Two Fat Blokes were serving up freshly baked pizzas in their outdoor wood oven, with toppings including Hawaiian, BBQ Chicken, Meat Lovers and a vegetarian Margherita (as pictured here).
The festivities spilled onto the Main Street as the town of Hahndorf also hosted a Christmas Village, with the majority of stores offering late-night trading and meals.
At the Hahndorf Academy and Visitor Information Centre, local artists showcased and sold their creations at the Artisan Market, whilst The White House also played host to the “White Christmas” edition of the Gathered Design Markets.
There was plenty of fun for all the kids (as well as adults who are secretly kids at heart!), with a gingerbread village, children’s trail and even a human snow globe kindly donated by the Mount Barker District Council.
Hahndorf was also honoured with the presence of the “Big Man” himself, who cleared his busy schedule to make a guest appearance along with his magic elves at The Old Mill which was transformed into Santa’s Cave.
Held from Friday 14 – Sunday 16 of December on the corner of Main Street and Auricht Road in Hahndorf, the Hahndorf Christkindlmarkt has once again spread Christmas cheer across the Adelaide Hills for another year.
Catch you at another cafe,