One of the most popular stand at any Christmas Market is the Glühwein Stand, serving a variety of mulled wines and many other hot drinks, they are a vital part of socializing and keeping visitors nice and warm. Originally mulled wine was made from red wine only combined with spices such as cinnamon sticks, vanilla pods, cloves, citrus and sugar, later on white and rosè varieties also became popular. Optional is Glühwein with a "Schuss" which means rum or liqueur is added, giving it a distinctive extra kick. Other varieties of Glühwein are made from blueberry or cherry wine. Some Glühwein Stands also offer a choice of other hot drinks like hot chocolate, punch or for children hot alcohol free fruit punch.
Each Christmas Pyramid is hand-crafted out of wood. The top fan blade revolves from the heat of burning candles. The Origin of the Christmas Pyramid goes all the way back to the 16th century. In the 18th century German Miners created Lichtergestelle (light-racks). They tied several wooden sticks together at the top and decorated them with candles. This was the forerunner of the Christmas tree and the elaborate Pyramids of today. In the 18th century Christmas pyramids became part of Christmas decorations in most churches.