After giving Christmas market a miss last year, this year I decided that I would go to one. I would have liked to check out the ones in the Swiss German or Swiss Italian regions … but as the hubby had been quite busy leading to the Christmas holidays, we decided to go to the one closer to home … the Christmas market at Montreux.
With at least 150 stands or exhibitors showing and selling their wares, the Christmas Market at Montreux is considered one of the biggest in Switzerland. So I was pretty sure that we would be able to find something at the market for Christmas gifts.
And so on Saturday we went … leaving it to the very last weekend before Christmas to do our Christmas shopping. Fortunately, the hubby does not have a big family so that shopping for Christmas gifts is usually not as painful or stressful for us as it might have been for many others … and oftentimes, we would do our Christmas shopping at the last minute!
Rows of chalet-styled stands on one side of the main road in Montreux. I did not think that this was a good arrangement as this side had seemed a little quiet with the bulk of the activity and traffic being centred more on those across the road.
Like the rest of the visitors, we headed straight to that side of the Christmas market.
On this side, along the lakeshore … things were more lively.
However, after going to the Christmas markets at Colmar two years ago, it was hard not to feel a little disappointed with the market in Montreux even though it was one of the biggest Christmas markets in Switzerland. The ambiance and the feel were just not the same lah.
In addition to a makeshift hotel, several makeshift restaurants were set up along the lakeshore including this beautiful wooden chalet, …
… a huge tent …
… as well as this Panoramic restaurant that jutted out of the lakeshore to offer its diners a beautiful view of Lake Geneva and the surroundings. In the background is the UNESCO World Heritage listed hill and vineyards of Lavaux.
This glowing tree on a platform along the lakeshore and which was not far from the panoramic restaurant proved to be a popular photo stop for many!
A ferris wheel set up next to a huge hall which served as a covered market.
After reaching the end of the stretch of stands along the lakeshore, we then turned back and headed this way …
… in order to make our way to the covered market.
There were several eateries inside this huge hall … and these stalls with huge cooking pans caught my attention. We had come to the Christmas market with every intention of having our dinner there. But despite the many food stalls, eateries and restaurants … in the end, we ended up having our dinner at home! 🙂
Sad to say, we did not get any Christmas gifts at the market (even though we did spot some items that we thought might be suitable) … but here are several of those that caught my attention.
This was the first stand that caught my interest even though I am not a fan of this sweet dessert … the macaroons (or macarons in French).
These macarons were just too cute to be eaten … and I have a feeling that if given away as gift, they might just possibly ended up being put on display instead! hehehe … But of course, with cuteness comes the not so cute price! 😉
Another dessert that I am equally not a big fan either but which Switzerland is most famous for … chocolates! But this is not your regular chocolates selling stand. Those tools hanging behind the lady seller are the things that they were trying to sell.
The words Outils en Chocolat means chocolate tools … which explains the shape and design of the chocolates on display for sale. Quite interesting, no?
A bright stand selling nougats and assorted nuts.
I just love how the stand was gaily and brightly decorated. It made it so tempting to stop by and buy some of those sweet stuff. I was definitely tempted … but I managed to resist! 😀
I decided to check out this stand as I had liked the look of the stand … especially the mushrooms decoration on top … which made me think about my recent forages looking for mushrooms.
But we then soon realised that it was a stand that was selling wooden handicrafts … and these odd-shaped wooden drawers and chests got us checking them out for a while. I would have dearly lurved to get my hands on one of them but their prices made me kept my hands firmly in my pockets! Maybe another time lah! 🙂
Another Swiss speciality … paper cuttings artwork. And these were even more expensive than the wooden drawers and chests. A few of those on display had a price tag of more than 1,000 CHF!
Assortment of spices …
Seafood dinner for Christmas …
Cute looking mini cars …
And some of the items which I contemplated buying … but did not.
After all … I am no shopping addict lah! hehehe … 🙂
To those who celebrate this festive occasion … Happy Christmas or Joyeux Noël from us, … and … ho!ho!ho! 😀
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