Utrecht Christmas Market

First things first – I have been the worst blogger ever. I haven’t been getting up to much that’s ‘blog-worthy’ as I’ve just been wrapping up my work projects (unemployed come January – gulp!) and slowly getting ready for our big move! Usually when I don’t do too much exciting stuff, I can sort of pass off random iPhone snaps as a post but it has been SO DARK! Seriously, it is night time all the time. In the past two weeks at least four friends have asked me about my daylight therapy lamp (this one) – a sure sign that we are lacking sunlight!

Anyway, yesterday Pieter and I made it out to Utrecht to check out their Christmas market and that was truly delightful, so I thought I’d share those pictures with you guys today.

We started at Mariaplaats, where lots of little booths were set up, selling crafts, gifts, gl├╝wein, and food.

utrecht christmas market

utrecht christmas market

The market was much bigger (and busier!) than we’d expected. The previous day we’d taken a wander around the ‘winter festival’ in The Hague and found it seriously underwhelming, so this was a welcome surprise.
The fairy lights alone were enough to warm the coldest of hearts!

utrecht christmas market

gluhwein

Twijnstraat was also hosting a market, so we slowly headed on over.
The Oudegracht is so spectacular this time of year!

utrecht christmas market

Twijnstraat was all decked out with Christmas lights, and all the local vendors were out showcasing their products. Josephine, ie. the best macarons in the Netherlands as far as I’m concerned, also had a booth …
We happily regaled ourselves! I am telling you, those macarons = so incredibly delicious!

When we’re settled into our new place I’m afraid to think about how often I’ll be heading there.

utrecht christmas market, twijnstraat

utrecht christmas market, twijnstraat

Twijnstraat just has the best selection of stores! Specialty chocolates, cheeses, wines, beers … What more could you possibly ask for?!

Tomorrow I head off to Toronto for the holidays, so today will be spent packing up most of my stuff for the big move, finishing off work, scrambling for some last minute presents, and generally getting very excited/possibly flustered. I hope you guys are all doing well!

Happy Monday everyone!