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Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg

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Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg © Uwe Niklas

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The Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt

Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg
Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg © Uwe Niklas

There's no where better to experience the wonder of Christmas than at the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt. The red and white village of stands, festive and romantic sparkling lights, wooden toys and handmade Christmas decorations, holiday melodies and the wonderful scent of mulled wine, spices, gingerbread and bratwurst take everyone back to dreams of Christmases past and create wonderful memories for the future.

Opening Hours:

01.12. to 24.12.2017

Opening day 01.12.:
10 am- 9 pm

Opening ceremony with the prologue:
01.12., 5.30 pm

Mon- Sun: 10 am - 9 pm
Christmas Eve, 24.12.: 10 am - 2 pm

Christkindlesmarkt What to see

Vivid Market Life

For a traditionalist, the famous Nuremberg gold foil angel does not belong on the mantelpiece, but on the top of the Christmas tree. It is folded from paper or metal foil and folds its arms under the top of its colorful robes. But luckily a gold foil angel can also follow fashion a bit, and so it can also be seen in the booths of the Nuremberg Christmas Market in velvet...

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Around the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt you’ll also find a Children’s Christmas Market, a Sister Cities Market with specialties from all over the world, the “Feuerzangenbowle” party area, Christmas decorations, gift ideas and plenty to eat and drink.

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The world-famous Nuremberg Christmas Market is closely tied to the figure of the Nuremberg Christkind. In the 16th century, in protestant areas, the Christkind took over an important task from St. Nicholas: Bringing children their gifts at Christmastime. It was only natural to host a market where dolls, toys and Christmas treats were for sale.

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The forested area north of Nuremberg – from the Franconian Forest to the Thuringian Forest to the Erz Mountains – has been famous for its artistic wood carvings for centuries. The Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt has therefore been a showplace for crèches, nativity set figures, wooden Christmas decorations, Christmas pyramids, “Schwibbögen” candle stands and wooden toys for...

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The irresistible scent of gingerbread, spices, mulled wine and roasting bratwurst fills the red and white rows of the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt. The culinary specialties on offer range from the famous Nuremberg bratwurst and gingerbread to Franconian beer to the largest “Feuerzangenbowle” in the world.

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Every year during pre-Christmas time, thousands of lights sparkle at the Christkindlesmarkt, which welcomes visitors from all over the world. One reason why the Christkindlesmarkt is so popular, are the traditional products and beautiful light decorations. 

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November 30, 2017

The traditional opening event to switch on the Christmas illuminations, and of the motto of the "Nuremberg illuminations", takes place every year at the Ludwigsplatz on the Thursday before the opening of the Christmas Market. Some 1,000 visitors are expected here.

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