The month of December is a month of many traditions here in Sweden, with Advent Sundays, Lucia and Christmas Markets for instance. So this Saturday I took the opportunity to visit an Old Fashioned Christmas Market for the first time this year, I always attend at least one every year. This year I chose to visit the Old Fashioned Christmas Market in the small village of Kristianopel, located in the easternmost part of Blekinge county about 30 kilometers from where I live here in Lyckeby.
Now Kristianopel was Scandinavia's first renaissance city. The city was built on orders from the Danish King Christian IV, because the area was Danish back then, and was completed in 1606. Originally Kristianopel was a fortress city surrounded by up to nine meters high walls. In 1677 Kristianopel became Swedish again and in 1679 the Swedes decided to close down the city. City privileges were withdrawn and the people were asked to move. The walls were razed in part and its stones used in the construction of Karlskrona. Today Kristianopel is above all a very pleasant summer destination with camping sites and cozy cafés. And a few times each year markets are arranged there, like this Old Fashioned Christmas Market I visited for instance.
And the Christmas Market in Kristianopel was indeed a charming, cozy and a joyful market to attend. There were lots of home made local goodies for sale as well as other traditional Swedish Christmas Market treats and fun events going on. And because it snowed quite heavily the entire time I was there it truly did feel like I was at a genuine Christmas Market. Our visit to the local village's parish house for "fika" - coffee and cookie buffet also made the already present Christmas spirit shine even brighter over my first Christmas Market visit this year. So I had a great time indeed. :-)
Of course I brought my camera to document this lovely visit. ;p So below are some photos from My Visit To The Charming Christmas Market In Kristianopel this Saturday.
In Kristianopel on our way to the Christmas Market.
Christmas Market entrance - yay!
Not the biggest one perhaps, but certainly the coziest. :-)
But these flames burned quite persistently through the snow.
Christmas carols performed by the local church choir.
Hot dogs for sale.
And, ehum, freshly baked Lucia Cats. The men over there remarked to this lady that the Lucia Cats looked a bit burnt, she replied that the oven was too hot. So not her fault in other words. Hehe. ;)
Gossip at the fish stand.
Where fried herring sandwiches were for sale.
As well as different pickled herrings. The pickle flavours from the left were; onion, dill and pear.
Different locally made goats cheeses.
Here we have locally and home made Cheese Cake and Farm Crisp Bread for sale.
Freshly baked bread from stone ovens.
This lady explains about the many, many different flavours of honey she has for sale there.
Some of the flavours of honey in this stand were; Saffron, Pistachio, Cardamom, Ginger, Passion Fruit and Acai Berry. Wow! I had no idea you could flavour honey in so many ways.
In one of the barn rooms I found these celebrities. :p (Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus of course.)
Not quite as famous as the previous couple, lol, but here I am trying to warm my fingers over the little fire there. Greetings from Kristianopel! :p
My little pony.
Such a cutie! Because of course at any market there has to be a pony for children to ride.
On our way to the local parish house for some "fika" - coffee and cookies. :p
The local parish house.
Yuuuummy!!! For just 50 Swedish Kronas, about 7.50 USD, we could eat as many of these goodies and drink as much coffee
as we wanted. A true bargain! Because everything I tasted was so delicious! All these cookies had been made by ladies in the village - so excellent job ladies!!!
My (first) plate of deliciousness. :p Which consisted of a Lucia Cat, a Christmas Ham Sandwich with mustard, a cookie called "Drömmar" - Dreams, an Almond Cake with cream and strawberry jam and some carrot cake.
And we were not the only ones enjoying this cookie heaven.
While we sipped on our coffee and devoured cookies the choir ladies had found their way here and sang songs while photos from the olden days in Kristianopel were on display on this big screen.
All this together created a very lovely and Christmassy atmosphere in the parish house indeed. :-)
But after a while it was time to leave.
Bye, bye Kristianopel.
Getting ready to drive home.
And I was very happy I did not have to drive in this weather...
So, my first ever visit to Kristianopels Old Fashioned Christmas Market will most likely not be the last - mainly because of that amazing cookie buffet! :-)
(Side note, I have had extreme anxiety because I have not been able to post in over a week! The simple reason for that is that I have been swamped with work and other every day life related chores. My deepest hope is that I will have time to post more frequently this week though. Yikes! I really do not like falling behind with posts, visit backs and replies to comments. It feels like I am neglecting my best friend or something... Not a good feeling. But I do hope you all understand, it is after all December.)
Today we celebrate the second Advent Sunday of four here in Sweden. So I thought it was a perfect day to visit a traditional old style Christmas market nearby. More specifically the Christmas market I visited was located at a big farm called Bubbetorps Farm, about 5 kilometers from where I live. Now of course I brought my camera, and I took A LOT OF photos! Lol!
Below are some of the photos I took at Bubbetorps Farm Old Style Christmas Market earlier today.
There were a lot of super cute animals at the Christmas market! Like these adorable donkeys.
Who were very popular indeed!
As was this lovely little pony.
Some a bit more unusual animals I saw at the farm were these cool alpacas.
Who seemed pretty relaxed.
I also saw these wonderful horses in action while I was there.
Ahh, some good old style transportation.
Dogs were of course also allowed to visit the Christmas market. And I just thought this one had the kindest eyes, such a beautiful dog indeed.
Hey Mr...ehum Bzzz Bee. Well, he was a nice bee who offered everyone a taste of his Swedish honey.
We were all also very welcome to taste these different cheeses at the Christmas market.
As well as cold smoked and cured salmon.
Even bites of cured moose beef (left) and deer sausage (right) were offered at the Christmas market.
There were also a lot of sweet Christmas goodies for sale, like these ones!
Though I think they were almost too pretty to eat... well, almost! Hehe.
I would not have been able to wait until Lucia, December 13th, to eat these pretty ginger bread cookies!
Candied apples were also for sale at the Christmas market. ALMOST a healthy snack. :p
Just like candied almonds. :p
Huge Christmas tree!
Where perhaps these cute Christmas goats came from?
Lady Santa was keeping a watchful eye over the Christmas market.
And inside Lady Santa's house, Christmas inspired handicrafts were for sale.
God Jul - Merry Christmas!
Fire barrels were placed all around the farm so you could keep warm.
But, after a couple of hours it was finally time for me to go home.
So farewell Bubbetorps Farm Christmas Market! I had a great visit, and perfect weather too! Thank you!
Today is Advent third. And besides lighting a candle in my Advent candlestick and eating rice pudding every Advent Sunday, I try to visit at least one old fashioned Christmas market every year. So this afternoon I decided to uphold yet another of my December traditions. I grabbed my sister and off we went to an old farm called Hässlelyckans gård, located a few kilometres outside of Lyckeby. Every Advent Sunday they have a small and cosy Christmas market here, inspired by the 1600s.
In the above pic is the farm, Hässlelyckans gård. Second pic from above; a suspicious doggie. I bet he thought those Christmas goats looked a bit weird (which they do). LOL! In the third and fourth pic; more Christmas goats, and a stand where they sold different kinds of smoked fish.
And here are some pics of the old farm shop, which was filled with lovely traditional home made products. Like different kind of drinks made according to traditional recipes, home made crisp bread, candy, honey etc. I bought something called juniper berry root beer. All in all it was a nice and charming Christmas market. :-)