I was dressed like I was going to summit Mount Everest. Being a native Californian; anything less than 60°F is dang cold. On this late November night at Tivoli's Christmas market it was a freezing 36°! We were only warmed by the Christmas spirit and hot cocoa.
Tivoli's Christmas market opens mid-November and runs through the very end of December. Tivoli is already a popular destination among visitors and locals; especially in the evenings when it is all lit up. It's open til late in the evening, seven days a week so there is no reason to miss out. Its popularity peaks during the holidays because it becomes even more magical and romantic. Lights, ornaments and Christmas trees sprout in time for the festivities.
Scandanavian handicrafts like ornaments, handmade figurines, and knitwear are available in one of the many rustic huts and stalls on Scandanavian themed side the market. The Russian side is dominated by the basillica with its fanciful onion domes topped by prancing reindeer. Inside is Basils Divan where you can find cookies, goodies and other Christmas treats. Well-trained Russian circus bears form a Christmas tree while holding ornaments. Don't worry, they don't bite! Outside, Russian nesting dolls are the coolest things to take a peak at and they have so many of them.
The setting of Tivoli and the Christmas Market here made me feel like we were inside a fairy-tale during the holidays. It's not difficult to bring out the kid in me. My heart was definitely set alight by the fun and wonder here.