Undaunted by pandemic, Bavarian innkeeper opens drive-through Christmas market

November 22, 2020
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Refusing to allow the coronavirus to steal the Christmas, one Bavarian innkeeper opened a drive-through Christmas market on Thursday, complete with artificial snow that falls as you come in.

Some 2,500 Christmas markets are usually held in Germany in the lead-up to the annual holiday, drawing millions of visitors who sip mulled wine and buy trinkets among wooden huts. But most markets including Nuremberg’s world-famous “Christkindlesmarkt” are likely to be cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Five months after Patrick Schmidt condensed the Bavarian “Dult” folk festival experience into a drive-through delight during the first wave of the pandemic, he is now trying to recreate the Christmas market feeling while sticking to guidelines for social distancing.

Refusing to allow the coronavirus to steal his Christmas, a Bavarian innkeeper opens a drive-through Christmas market, complete with artificial snow that falls as you come in, in Landshut, Germany, November 11, 2020. /Reuters

“It was a spontaneous idea because of the second lockdown. I thought the Dult drive-in also worked so why not a Christmas market drive-in?” he beamed at the market’s opening on Thursday in Landshut, some 60 kilometers northeast of Munich.

“We don’t just sell a crepe or a pack of roasted almonds, we sell an experience.”

Patrons said the market comes as a welcome boost as the country grinds through a month-long “lockdown light” under which bars, restaurants, theaters and museums have been closed.

Refusing to allow the coronavirus to steal his Christmas, a Bavarian innkeeper opens a drive-through Christmas market, complete with artificial snow that falls as you come in, in Landshut, Germany, November 11, 2020. /Reuters

“I heard Christmas carols for the first time and I’m slowly getting into the mood,” said Anton Kolbinger, holding cotton candy. “But to get into a real Christmas mood will still take some time.”

Schmidt said he already knows what he wants for Christmas: “My biggest Christmas wish is that the coronavirus is finally brought under control and that next year is half-way normal again. That’s what I hope for.”

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