Winterlights 2012, Luxembourg’s Christmas Market

Luxembourg’s Place de la Constitution market

One of the things I like about the Christmas season over here is that it’s less about the malls and more about traditions, festivities and social gatherings. Here, gifts are exchanged, but not at the same competitive, all-out pace that pollutes the U.S. The Christmas markets are a place for neighbors to gather and share a drink in addition to picking up small gifts.

Perfect for a cold night: a fire pit in front of the glühwein stand

Luxembourg’s Christmas Market is in full swing, full of glühwein revelers and sugar-stunned kids.

Local brocante

The main market, Krëschtmaart, is held in Place d’Armes in the city center. There, 50 chalets offer crafts, jewelry, toys, ornaments, candles and knitwear.

The cheese stand is always one of my favorites!

Holiday marzipan

Nativity scene

Convenient waffle-on-a-stick

Of course, there are unlimited food choices ranging from Gromperekichelcher (potato pancakes), spätzle, Grillwurscht (grilled sausage), hot soups, waffles, gingerbread, churros and, of course, glühwein.

Afternoon concert

This year, a new market was added in Place de la Constitution, which overlooks the stunning Pétrusse Valley. 50 stands offer decorative items, antiques, ceramics, ornaments and other gift possibilities. There is glühwein by Domaines Vinsmoselle, Luxembourg’s prominent winery, flammenküche, soups and many dessert possibilities.

Decorative kitchen items

Six stands are reserved for rotating local artisans who offer handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, food and other treats.

There’s something for everyone

Place d’Armes and Place de la Constitution
30 November to 30 December
Sat-Thurs 10.30 – 20.00
Friday 10.30 – 22.00, Christmas Eve until 17.00

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