Christmas is joining in the 50th anniversary celebrations of twinning links between Ellesmere Port and Reutlingen.
Chairman of the Ellesmere Port/Reutlingen Friendship Group Tony Cioma with committee members Bev Wall and Jill Caslan travelled to the south west German city to man a stall in the colourful Reutlingen Christmas market.
They took with them a tempting taste of Ellesmere Port including Christmas cakes and puddings and mince pies.
The delights are expected to be in great demand as well as crackers, English cheeses and marmalade made in the town.
Children will be able to enjoy a bran tub which is a unique English feature of the market.
A small group from Willastonhey WI led by secretary Pat Shillington also made the trip carrying some of the Christmas cakes to be sold on the stall.
Arranged around the Church of St Mary and the pedestrian zone in Reutlingen, the ‘atmospheric’ Christmas market offers delicious food from around the world and delightful Christmas music along with the aroma of burning almonds and freshly baked bread.
Running until December 22, the market includes a heated Mongolian yurt with actors and teachers reading fairy tales, an advent calendar projected onto the city’s natural history museum and a 300sq m natural skating rink with live skating, curling and ice hockey.
For those missing out on the German Christmas markets this year, the friendship group is busy organising a German food themed evening for Friday, December 9.
This will include entertainment by a German musician and Stollen and Gluhwein imported specially from Germany. Guests will be able to watch as the Gluhwein is ceremoniously prepared by a German expert.
Tickets for the evening, price £4.50, are available from firstname.lastname@example.org. The 50th anniversary celebrations have seen reciprocal visits by Ellesmere Port mayor Peter Rooney and his opposite number from Reutlingen, Oberbürgermeisterin Barbara Bosch.