Once again it's that time of the year when Christmas markets, adorned with German and local vendors, bring about a festive atmosphere in various locations.
Germany's association with Christmas markets is deeply ingrained. These markets attract over 85 million visitors annually, all drawn to the enchanting allure of nutcrackers, warm mulled wine, and meticulously crafted goods. Some of these Christmas markets trace their origins back to the Middle Ages. Among the most renowned is Dresden's market, which initially opened its doors in the year 1434.
The allure of these festive markets is spreading to other corners of the world, particularly in the USA, the Netherlands, Italy, and Japan. The “German-themed Christmas Market“ in Osaka, Japan, is one of the largest of its kind and the magic of these markets has also reached Canada.
In Germany, the Herrnhut star, also referred to as the Moravian Star, stands as an iconic Christmas ornament and a symbol of a longstanding tradition. Each of these stars, amounting to 600,000 annually, is handcrafted in Herrnhut, Germany. Around 40 German Christmas markets are graced with these stars during the Christmas season. A noteworthy trend is the increasing export of about ten percent of these stars, reflecting their growing popularity abroad. Despite this global expansion, the manufacturing process remains deliberately gradual to ensure quality. After all, each star is meticulously handmade, requiring time and dedication. The original Herrnhut Star is identifiable by its distinctive 25 points.
Stepping into North American Christmas markets provides an opportunity to admire these stars in a variety of sizes and hues, as they constitute a significant portion of the decorations. In places such as Vancouver, Kitchener, Mifflinburg, St. Pauls, and Des Moines, these stars are even available for purchase. Among these markets, the Vancouver Christmas Market leads the way, with MyBrilliantStar participating since 2013. Our knowledgeable staff is present to address any inquiries you may have about the star, its historical significance, and how to assemble it.
At our stall, you'll also find meticulously crafted incense burners and cones from HUSS as well as MAROLINs Christmas ornaments and nativity sets. Come and explore the wonders of the Herrnhut Star and a plethora of other remarkable German products at the North American Christmas markets.
List of North American Christmas Markets for 2023:
Vancouver Christmas Market: November 16 – December 24 Christmas Village in Baltimore: November 18 – December 24 Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market at Dilworth Park: November 10 – January 1 Carmel Christkindlmarkt: November 18 – December 24 Christmas Village in Philadelphia: November 18 – December 24 Marché de Noël Allemand de Quebec: November 23 – December 23 European Christmas Market, St. Paul: November 24 – December 17 Christkindlmarket Des Moines: November 30 – December 4 Christkindl Market Kitchener: December 1 – December 3 Mifflinburg Christkindl Market: December 14 – December 16