Christmas Market Dates
25th November – 24th December 2016
Welcome to the
Nuremberg Christmas Market
The Christkind opens Nuremberg’s famous Christkindlesmarkt on the Hauptmarkt square in the old quarter. Soak up the medieval charm and the aroma of gingerbread, Nuremberg bratwurst and glühwein. The Nuremberg Kinderweihnacht is the children’s market and has an old-fashioned carousel, Ferris wheel and steam train. The Nativity scene trail runs between the two markets.
At 5.30pm on the Friday before the first Advent Sunday, the Christkind 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 Nuremberg Christmas Market.
About 180 wooden stalls, festooned with red-and-white cloth, have given the Christmas Market its name of "Little Town from Wood and Cloth".
Each year 200 stall holders present their traditional wares: Nuremberg spicy gingerbread, fruit loaves, bakery goods, sweets and typical Christmas articles such as Christmas tree angels, cribs, Christmas tree ornaments, candles, toys as well as many arts and craft products.
Favourite souvenirs include the "Nuremberg Plum People", little figures made from prunes. For refreshments we highly recommend Nuremberg roast sausages and mugs of mulled wine.
In Nuremberg the staff of the Christmas Market Council always keep a watchful eye on the goods being sold by vendors. Absolutly forbiden are any kind modern tat, such as plastic fir garlands, mass produced toys or non-stop taped Christmas muzak and carousels.
The Nuremberg Christmas Market Stall Holders also compete for the most beautiful and tasteful stall design. since 1981, the City has presented an annual award of gold, silver and bronze "Plum People" to the most beautiful stalls in Nuremberg.
Nuremberg Christmas Market with its traditional image has been a model for many other German Christmas Markets. Equally the "Little Town from Wood and Cloth" has also been much in demand as a picturesque setting and backdrop for many TV productions.