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The stagecoach at the Christkindlesmarkt

The Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt

The stagecoach at the Christkindlesmarkt © Steffen Oliver Riese

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Walk right in to the Christmas City of Nuremberg

November 30 to December 24, 2018

C H R I S T M A S. Perhaps the scents from your childhood come to mind right now, when you remember aniseed, cinnamon and carnations? Maybe you get a warm, comfortable feeling inside, thinking of the candlelight? Perhaps you are thinking about people dear to you, who have given you pleasure? We can promise you that a visit to Nuremberg before Christmas will arouse your warmest memories. Nuremberg in the run-up to Christmas is the anticipation of quiet hours with your family and friends. Because Nuremberg is Christmas city.

Gingerbread, Christkindlesmarkt, children's Christmas and unforgettable moments

There are 1001 reasons to fall in love anew with the Christmas city of Nuremberg. For some it's the delicious aroma of far-eastern spices in the world-famous Nuremberg gingerbread. For others it's the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt, where you can hunt for glass Christmas tree baubles, hand-made gold foil angels or nativity figurines and nutcrackers made of wood. For the lover of Christmas music there are many high-quality concerts, for the passionate international shopper there are many exclusive boutiques and shops with original ideas for presents and for the little ones there is the children's Christmas and the Sternenhaus (House of Stars).

If you're lucky it might even be snowing on your stroll through the festive illuminations of the Christmas city of Nuremberg. You might stop for a break on one of the many bridges over the river and see how the snow settles on the roofs of the centuries-old houses. Perhaps a street musician will be playing an old Christmas song in the background. Perhaps later on towards the evening you will see the Nuremberg children with their home-made lanterns during the annual lantern procession, or the Christmas story in living images at the foot of the Castle. One thing is certain, however, you will take unforgettable memories back home with you.

At a glance


Nuremberg Christmas Market
90402 Nürnberg

Opening hours

Date 2018: November 30 - December 24, 2018

Opening day (November 30):
10.00 am - 9.00 pm
Opening with the Christmas Angel: 5.30 pm

Mon - Sun: 10.00 am - 9.00 pm

Last Market day (December 24):
10.00 am - 2.00 pm

The last day of the Sister Cities Market and the stalls of Original Regional: December 23.

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Weihnachtsstadt und Sternenhaus für Kinder

Am Hans-Sachs-Platz ist eine Weihnachtsstadt für Kinder aufgebaut. Auf der Kinderweihnachtkönnen die Besucher Plätzchen backen, Gläser bemalen, einen Weihnachtswunschzettel an das Christkind schreiben, oder auf dem nostalgischen Karussell und dem Riesenrad fahren. Das Sternenhaus im Heilig-Geist-Saal bietet rund um den Christkindlesmarkt ein buntes Kultur- und Erzählprogramm.

Der Markt der Partnerstädte auf dem Christkindlesmarkt

Mit vierzehn Städten verbindet Nürnberg eine Städtepartnerschaft, mit acht weiteren Kommunen bestehen freundschaftliche Verbindungen. Auf dem Rathausplatz nördlich des Hauptmarktes bringen sie alljährlich mit dem Markt der Partnerstädte internationales Flair auf den Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt. Die Erlöse aus den Verkäufen oft selbstgebastelten Weihnachtsschmucks gehen an karitative Einrichtungen in den Partnerstädten.

Weihnachtsmarkt mit Tradition und Geschichte

Der Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt gehört zu den ältesten Weihnachtsmärkten in Deutschland. Die vorweihnachtliche Verkaufsmesse auf dem Nürnberger Hauptmarkt lässt sich bis in die Mitte des 16. Jahrhunderts zurückverfolgen. Erfahren Sie mehr über die Geschichte des Marktes.

Buntes Programm auf den Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt

Der Christkindlesmarkt sowie die Nürnberger Kirchen und Museen laden Sie herzlich zu weihnachtlichen Konzerten, Führungen und Ausstellungen ein. Damit Sie nichts verpassen, finden Sie das bunte Programm im Veranstaltungskalender.

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Nuremberg Christmas Market:

5 things, you should know about.
  1. The Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt has been held since the middle of the 16th century.
  2. Each year, the Nuremberg Christkind recites a prologue from the balcony of the Church of Our Lady to open the Christmas Market.
  3. The costume of the Nuremberg Christkind resembles that of the famous “Rauschgold” angel, which can be traditionally found decorating the top of Nuremberg Christmas trees.
  4. The Nuremberg Christkind must be 16 to 19 years old, at least 1.60 meters tall and not afraid of heights. She is elected by the citizens of Nuremberg for two years.
  5. The ca. 180 wooden stands on the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt are traditionally decorated with red-and-white canvas roofs.

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