The probably most well known German Christmas market is the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg. There is a written record of it as early as 1628. The Nuremberg Christ Child, who is elected by the Nuremberg citizens every two years, always opens the market with a ceremonial prologue on the Friday before the first Advent.
More than two million visitors from all over the world are expected by Christmas Eve.
The special charm of the Christkindlesmarkt lies in the historic backdrop of the Nuremberg main market square with the Church of our Lady, the Beautiful Fountain and the view of the Old Town Gothic Church of St. Sebaldus.
The “little town of wood and cloth” consisting of approximately 180 stalls with red-and-white-striped canvas roofs forms a Christmas ensemble. Great value is attached to a traditional selection of wares. Along with the typical Nuremberg gingerbread and fruit bread visitors can purchase confectionary goods, toys, Christmas and Christmas tree decorations as well as arts and crafts. Mulled wine and grilled sausages provide refreshment.
A stroll through the market of the sister cities is also interesting, where handcrafted articles and specialties from countries like Nicaragua, China, Scotland or the Ukraine are found. Small visitors get their money’s worth at the Children´s Christmas with its historic fun rides, a children’s cultural program in the Star House and trips on the mail coach.
The traditional character of the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt has become a model for many other Christmas markets, including the Christkindlmarket in Chicago, and is also in demand as a picturesque setting for television productions.