Yesterday we got a chance to go on a really cool trip and experience how Christmas is done in another country. After a bit longer drive than expected but with only one stop for the girls, we finally pulled into Valkenburg. Unbelievably it was bright green everywhere in the Netherlands which was weird to see when we had left town with snow on the ground.
As we were driving through town trying to figure out where the market we were headed to was, and where to park we drive down one of the main streets and see a line that had formed, the stretched out a matter of 2-3 blocks. This was very intimidating, and a bit discouraging, but we had driven this far we had to at least stick it out. On the bright side it was in the 40's and sunshiny so it was not a huge deal to be standing outside waiting. And the line really moved pretty fast.
Than after a bit of ticket mess up, which was an easy fix, we were at the entrance and excited. And in my opinion it was totally worth the drive. As we walked into the cave that was lit by Christmas lights. They immediately hooked me with the whole first hall being all kinds of Disney Characters from Peter Pan to Pooh bear! And Kyra loved them! It was really nice too, cuz since it was in an enclosed area and only so many people at a time could be in there. So the crowd you normally associate with Christmas Markets in Europe wasn't nearly as bad.