Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok invites shoppers to a traditional Christmas market that features hard-to-find European sweets and exclusive items until mid-January.
Taking place in the hotel's lobby, the "Kempinski Christmas Market" boasts the charming ambience of a European Christmas market with a 6m-high Christmas tree surrounded by gingerbread stalls.
One gingerbread house showcases and sells a variety of imported and homemade goodies that can be wrapped into a beautiful customised hamper. Many of the items can only be found here, such as organic lotus tea, aromatic coconut jam, and Stollen, a special kind of Christmas cake, which has been a tradition inextricably linked with Christmas and Christmas markets since 1471.
The other gingerbread house offers freshly made waffles and spice wine.
The delicious aromas of warm waffles and spices permeate the air contributing to the festive vibe of December and January.
As a highlight for little guests, Santa Claus is visiting the Christmas market every day from 4-10pm on weekdays and 2-8pm on weekends until Dec 25.
For Europeans, Christmas markets have been an indispensable part of the festive season for several centuries. They originated in the 15th century in Dresden, Germany, when in 1434 the Duke of Dresden allowed a market one day prior to Christmas Eve.
Since then, people have had the privilege of buying their festive food at such markets. As the years passed, various artisans also joined the market. Though it is likely there were similar events held even before Dresden in some larger cities, Dresden's Christmas markets are renowned for being the first to set the atmosphere.
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