I love visiting World Showcase at Epcot during the holidays! There are so many yuletide traditions to enjoy including the beautiful Candlelight Processional at the American Gardens Theatre (I never tire of that show!). For as long as I’ve worked for Disney, I’ve done most of my holiday shopping each year in World Showcase. I have found many wonderful and unique gifts for my friends and family, all while pretending I’m an international jetsetter. This year, I was drawn to the festive Germany Pavilion (maybe it’s because I’m part German). Here is a look at a few items I found during a recent visit.
One of my favorite items is the handcrafted limited edition stein inspired by the Germany Pavilion. Made from German clay, the stein was created by the artisans of King-Werk, a family owned business located in Hoehr-Grenzhausen, Germany. There were 5,000 steins made, and each one is individually numbered by the painter and signed by the modeler.
Germany Pavilion is home to one of my favorite consumables locations, Karamell-Küche. Besides the deliciously sweet caramel treats offered in this location, you can find additional treats in a special area next to the Pavilion. Disney chefs partnered with the Werther’s Original caramel team to create two must-try beverages. The Hot Salted Caramel drink is heavenly, while the Spiced German Tea with whipped cream and caramel drizzle may be one of my favorite beverages from 2012.
Guests visiting this special area can also meet Reinhard Herzog, who is making beautiful glass ornaments on site through December 22. There are a variety of shapes, styles and colors of ornaments offered, including snowmen and Mickey Mouse icons.
In Die Weihnachts Ecke (The Christmas Corner) location, you can find the traditional (and popular) German pickle ornament. According to tradition, the pickle brings good luck and is the last ornament placed on a tree. On Christmas morning, the first child to find the pickle is given an extra gift from St. Nicholas.
German pickles were also featured on one of three new shirts designed by artists from Disney Design Group. You may recall a similar art program in Norway Pavilion that put Disney characters in Norwegian settings.
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