Munich Christmas Market at night

After being there just as the Munich Christmas Market was being set up, I was eager to return.

Passing through the arches on the way to the Marienplatz after a 5 hour drive, l felt as if I was stealing back into town, just like this wonderful statue above me.

Creeping statue Munich

There was no need to creep, or to watch behind – for the streets were a mass of people as I entered the Marienplatz, and one more presence would scarcely be noticed.

Munich Christmas Market night time

The stalls had all sorts of carved wooden Christmas decorations...

Munich Christmas Market wooden ornaments

...and of glass.

Munich Christmas Market glass ornaments

There was pottery...

Munich Christmas Market ceramics

...and cushion covers...

Munich Christmas Market cushion covers

...ribbons and lace...

Munich Christmas Market ribbon and lace

..gingerbread hearts to be carefully chosen..

Munich Christmas Market choosing gingerbread heart

..or real glass baubles and bells...

Munich Christmas Market glass baubles and bells

..and so the crowd at the Munich Christmas Market browsed.

Munich Christmas Market crowded streets

Passing behind the great doors on the Marienplatz that I had seen in the daytime, in a small courtyard within the New Town Hall, I spotted the location of the Munich Nativity Crib scene, and headed towards it...

Munich Christmas Market nativity crib in courtyard

..to find that the viewing places were all taken by small people who jostled for their moment before the window to stare in delight at the manger scene.

Munich Christmas Market children gazing at the nativity crib

As always at a German Christmas Market, also at the Munich Christmas Market there is lots of delicious food...

Munich Christmas Market kebab sweet things

...and this stall with its kebab-like sweet dainties was tempting for many.

Munich Christmas Market enjoying something sweet

As I wandered I looked back at the New Town Hall of the Marienplatz above the sea of heads...

Munich Christmas Market with crowded Marienplatz

The festively decked streets around the Munich Christmas market lure you onwards beyond the Marienplatz, with more stalls...

Munich Christmas Market streets and stalls

...and tempting shops along the way, for the Munich Christmas Market is both within the shops and without.

Munich Christmas Market trmpting shop

In a small side street away from the crowds, a restaurant terrace with its burning fire cast a blue haze of smoke over the setting.

Munich Christmas Market restaurant terrace smoke

Suddenly I found myself in the little plaza on the Rindermarkt, or Cattle Market, which was at one time on the city limits.

Here, santa's sleigh had sat rather sadly surrounded by autumn leaves on my last daytime visit but now the place was alive with lights, movement and colour.

Munich Christmas Market Rindermarkt Square

Here there was another crowd...

Munich Christmas Market crowds in Rindermarkt Square

...some enjoying a drink of cherry gluewein together...

Munich Christmas Market cherry gluewein in Rindermarkt Square

...while others were sampling other varieties from the stand under the Munich Christmas Market Pyramid...

Munich Christmas Market Rindermarkt Square Pyramid Gluewein

...and the scene with santa's sleigh had come alive.

Munich Christmas Market Rindermarkt Square shepherd

The Rindermarkt fountain with its bulls and shepherd had been covered for winter, giving young visitors a chance to “ride the bulls” - and one to stand, in a Titanic pose against the Christmas market lights.

Munich Christmas Market Rindermarkt children riding bulls

Smiling to myself, I wandered back past Shakespeare and Company...

Munich Christmas Market Shakespeare and Company

I almost passed by without realising that there was a church service taking place in the fabulous gold decorated Asam church.

I did manage to sneak a quick photo from the door just before it closed, but the sheer splendour of the setting made me gasp – with incense and pews filled with worshippers, it was a true sight of Christmas.

Munich Christmas Market Assam church service

En route back to the car, I paused to listen to this stunning musician on what appeared to be a harpsicord, but was struck by hammers that flew across the strings.

Munich Christmas Market street musician

..and was glad to recognise familiar sights in a nearby hotel...

Munich Christmas Market Christmas window

...for I always fear when in a strange city, that I will not remember my way back to where I have parked - and so had taken particular note of a few landmarks, knowing that when I saw the deer with the false eyelashes, I was at my parking garage.

Munich Christmas Market deer with false eyelashes

The Greman artist Martin Kippenberger once said that:

Entertainment and art

are not isolated.

Entertainment is in art,

as colour in pictures.

The Munich Christmas seems to me to have effectively combined both.

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