|Giant Nativity scene in front of the Rathaus|
First, I made my way to the regular Wednesday Farmers Market (it was in the market that I first realized the population of Wiesbaden is largely made up of retired people - I count myself in this group - and young families).
Despite the lure of fresh gingerbread and gorgeous Christmas decorations in the next square, the market was as bustling as ever. The flower stands have exchanged their flowers for Advent wreathes, fern boughs and holly. Potatoes, squash and apples have taken the place of local grapes and tomatoes. The market is ready for the holidays.
|Advent wreathes and greenery in the market|
|Mmm, I can smell the stews and baked apples already!|
Anyway, there were lots of people (retired or with young kids) in the Christmas market, taking advantage of the nice day to enjoy treats from stands selling hot cider, egg nog and mulled wine, sausages, fries, gingerbread and more. You know, you could basically give up grocery shopping until December 23rd if you lived in Wiesbaden.
|Gingerbread at the Christmas Market|