A Christmas market, also called Christkindlmarkt or Christkindlmarkets, is an open-air public square in front of a church that is dedicated to the season of Christmas and marked by stalls selling gifts, food, toys, candles, and other decorative items. A Christmas market is sometimes called a Christmas tree marketplace, as people come and go through the market with their gifts, buying and selling alike. It is an excellent place for the kids to get their favorite toys and gifts. While the traditional gifts such as toys and candy are widely available, nowadays the market is also a good place for other types of gifts, such as homemade gift baskets, clothes, kitchenware, or woodworking tools.
These markets began in Germany, where they were called Kinderbrug, or Christmas streets. They spread to other parts of Europe, including the Netherlands and France, and were known by different names (wehrbrug, weihnacht, Eucharistic, or allemembrad) before finally settling down into their present form. In addition to the traditional Christmas lights, these markets have fire pits, miniature snowmen and Santa Claus, reindeer, and hundreds of other decorations.
The Ealing Christmas Market, or Christmas Village, is in the village of Ealing, a suburb of London. Unlike most markets, Ealing Christmas Market includes not only shops but also an entertainment area for children, as well as a restaurant, bar, and babysitting service. The Ealing Christmas Market has been running for almost forty years, making it an established trade market in the London area. Other market places in London include Holborn, Northolt, Cray Valley, and Woolstone.