4 Fun Facts About the Cambria Christmas Market

The Christmas Market is a time-honored tradition all over the world, but in on the Central Coast, Cambria’s takes the yule log cake. From lights to live entertainment and more, you and your family won’t want to miss this holiday favorite.

Photos by Billy Ritter

Cambria’s 2017 Christmas Market is open from Friday, November 24 through Saturday, December 23, with closures on November 27 and 28, December 4 and 5, and December 11. Gates open at 5 p.m. and there is no entry after 8:30 p.m. The market closes at 9 p.m. Click here for more information about parking. You should allow yourself at least an hour to see the lights, open-air stalls, and performances, but don’t be surprised if you find yourself lost in this winter wonderland!
1. The traditional Christmas Market originated in Europe.
Specifically, the first markets began in Germany and Austria in the Middle Ages, called “Weihnachtsmarkt,” celebrating the beginning of the holiday season in the town square. There are seasonal treats, singing, and dancing—and Santa Claus may even make an appearance!
2. There are more than two million lights on display.
No words can do these lights justice—you just have to see them. Lights are arranged in artistic patterns and shapes, dazzling children and adults alike. Don’t take our word for it; you can watch the video of last year’s market below.

3. The vendors sell everything from handmade crafts to baked goods, but the highlight is the traditional German fare.
Gluhwein and bratwurst in the Biergarten, sauerkraut, German potato salad—the list goes on. The best way to get the traditional Christmas Market experience is to immerse yourself in the culture and taste every European delicacy offered.
4. Tickets are on sale now!
You can purchase tickets here. The countdown to the event has begun!

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