November 29 to December 24 2019
“Little Town from Wood and Cloth”
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 Nuremberg Main Market Square. The opening of the Nuremberg Christmas Market, always on the Friday before the first Advent Sunday, is an impressive event, both for Nuremberg people and tourists.
TV teams report this pre-Christmas event to countries all over the world. People throng the Main Market Square between the Christmas Market stalls. Children crane their necks and stare at the darkened gallery of Our Lady’s Church. At 5.30 p.m. sharp, trumpets are blown, the “Junge Chor Nürnberg” from the local music school sings Christmas songs. Finally, the lights are switched on. In the bright lights, the Nuremberg Christkind stands on the gallery and recites her famous prologue, opening the Christmas Market. 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.
Wooden stalls, festooned with red-and-white cloth, have given the Christmas Market its name of “Little Town from Wood and Cloth”. More than 180 stall holders present their traditional wares: Nuremberg spicy gingerbread, fruit loaves, bakery goods and sweets, typical Christmas articles such as Christmas tree angels, cribs, Christmas tree ornaments and candles, toys as well as arts and crafts products. Favourite souvenirs include “Zwetschgenmännle”, little figures made from prunes. And of course, by way of refreshments, there are always rolls with Nuremberg roast sausages and mugs of mulled wine.
The staff of the Market Department keep a watchful eye on the goods on offer. So plastic fir garlands are a definite no-no, just as much as non-stop taped Christmas muzak or carousels. The market’s stall holders also compete for the most beautiful and tasteful stall design. And reap their rewards: since 1981, the City has presented an annual award of gold, silver and bronze “Plum People” for the most beautiful stalls.
Nuremberg Christmas Market with its traditional image has also been a model for other Christmas Markets. The “Little Town from Wood and Cloth” has also been much in demand as a picturesque backdrop for TV productions.
Stalls of Wood and Cloth
The Classic Gold Foil Angel
Lantern Procession to Nuremberg Castle
12. December 2019, starting at the Kaiserstrasse.
The history of the Lantern Procession of Nuremberg schoolchildren dates back to a time, when Nuremberg laid in ruins. 1948 was the first year when children with their lanterns made their way up to the castle.
Every year the children put their hearts and souls in producing their lanterns and “light artworks”, which sparkle in all colors and forms: yellow, green, red and blue – stars, candles, Christmas trees and angels. Parents and teachers join the children along their way.
The procession with around 1.000 pupils starts at the Kaiserstraße, across the Fleischbrücke, to the Main Market Square, passing by the town hall up to the castle, where it terminates.
With the beautiful scenery of the castle in the backdrop, the schoolchildren then stage the Christmas story, along with Christmas songs.
This beautiful tradition has its own very special charm and the atmosphere is absolutely magical. So this is one special event at the Christkindlesmarkt which shouldn’t be missed!
Opening times – 2019
The Christmas Market will be solemnly opened with the Nuremberg Christkind’s prologue on November 29 at 5.30 p.m.
Mon. – Sun. 10.00 a.m. – 9 p.m.
The last market day will be 24. December (10.00 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
Please visit the English language homepage for more info:
Christkindlesmarkt Nürnberg | Foto: Steffen Oliver Riese/www.steffenriese.de