I'm super excited, despite the dreary weather: my all-time favorite Christmas begins in a few hours!
The Haus der Nachhaltigkeit, or House of Sustainability, is a nature center, of
sorts, located in Trippstadt, which is twenty minutes south of
Kaiserslautern. It is offering its annual one weekend-only
"Romantische Waldweihnacht," or "romantic forest Christmas" on its
grounds. It is truly a special Christmas market, quite different from
most other German markets, being held partially in the forest in a beautiful setting.
Offerings at this market are most often organic, handmade, and high
quality. There are many local specialties, including some that are hyper
local and put the focus on the forest: it's possible to eat venison and
wild boar products made from animals from the very woods!
The market is only open during the second weekend in December and is held in Trippstadt, twenty minutes south of Kaiserslautern. Parking is almost impossible; do not even attempt to drive. I mean it! Instead, enjoy a stress-free (though sometimes packed) ride on the special VRN bus that makes frequent trips during the market. Plus, it allows everyone to enjoy some Glühwein! Group tickets allow for a very inexpensive journey.
For more information:
Haus der Nachhaltigkeit's Website, with more info
My blog entry from last year, detailing my experience
Tips for enjoying the market (#1 tip is: don't drive yourself there! Take the bus!)