Opening ceremony 30th Nov.: 5.30pm
24 Dec: 10am-2pm
Date : November 30 – December 24, 2018
Nuremberg , not to be confused with Nürburg is a city in the German state of Bavaria, in the administrative region of Middle Franconia. Situated on the Pegnitz river and the Rhine–Main–Danube Canal, it is located about 170 kilometres north of Munich. Every year, Germany’s most famous Christmas Market opens its stalls for visitors from all over the world, right in the middle of the city, on the Nuremberg Main Market Square. At 5.30pm on the Friday before the first Advent Sunday, the Christmas Angel opens her market, reciting the solemn prologue from the gallery of the church of Our Lady. And as every year, by Christmas Eve, more than two million visitors from all over the world will have sampled the delights of the Christmas Market.
For many decades the Nuremberg Christkind has been the symbolic figure for the Nuremberg Christmas Market (Christkindlesmarkt) and has been almost as famous as the market world-wide. During Advent, the Nuremberg Christkind, with her golden curls, with a crown on her head and wearing a golden robe, is the most important representative of her city and of the traditional Christmas Market.
Nuremberg’s Christkind officially opens the Christmas Market with her prologue on the Friday before the first Sunday in Advent. Her further tasks include appearances on the Christmas Market and on the Children’s Christmas Market in the weeks leading up to Christmas, as well as fairy tale telling events in the “House of Stars” and over 150 further appointments with charitable organisations. Her visits bring joy to old folks’ homes, kindergartens, institutions for the disabled and hospitals. Just before Christmas, the Christkind takes presents to the little patients in Nuremberg’s children’s hospitals. In addition, the Christkind gives a lot of interviews, appears on TV and visits Christmas Markets in other cities as an ambassador for Nuremberg. Her renown has spread as far as the USA. Every year, the Chicago Christmas Market which was established in 1996, modelled on Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt, is opened by the previous years’ Christkind from Nuremberg speaking her prologue in English. Nuremberg’s Christmas ambassador is also a regular visitor to Glasgow, Nuremberg’s Scottish twin city.
Information courtesy of Stadt Nürnberg
Photo Credit – Das Nürnberger Christkind © Christine Dierenbach Stadt Nürnberg
Christmas Markets – Weihnachtsmarkt – Marche de Noël – Mercatino di Natale – Mercados de Navidad
German Christmas Markets or Weihnachtsmarkt,have now become popular and are a welcome and familiar sight in many of the cities, towns and villages throughout Europe during the season of Advent.
Whether visiting a local Christmas Market or taking a Christmas Market Tour, the wonderful festive atmosphere will be sure to lift your spirits and bring the Christmas cheer a little closer.
Wrap up warm and wander along the rows of pretty wooden chalets taking in the rich, warming aromas associated with Christmas such as hot roast chestnuts, grilled bratwurst sausages, crepes or pancakes, hot doughnuts, gingerbreads and Gluhwein or Mulled wines or ciders. You can sample the marzipan figures, chocolate covered fruits or one of the many festive delicacies on offer from around the world. There are all kinds of Christmas gifts and decorations, especially traditional things such as tree decorations, wood carvings, crib figures, traditional toys, candles, hand-knitted jumpers, lambskin slippers and glassware, you will be able to find that special little something that will be a unique gift for someone to treasure. Children will be excited to meet with Santa Claus and maybe, just maybe!! there will be a little present for them too!
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