Limburg Christmas Market
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Nestled among the Rhenish Slate Mountains along the Lahn River, Limburg an der Lahn offers up festive holiday cheer in its Christkindlmarkt, which will run from November 29 through December 29, 2013. This year’s Limburg Christmas market will feature a rich variety of wares and foods. On the Neumarkt, you will find stands selling everything from teas to wooden Erzgebirge figures to ceramic Christmas goods. If you have children in tow, they probably will not let you shop too long until they are pulling you along to the sparkling children’s carousel, also located on the Neumarkt.
The Limburg Christmas market hosts a second children’s carousel over on the Kornmarkt, which might help prolong your time to browse the stands in this area, which include jewelry, glassware, and leather goods. If you find yourself hungry in this area, take advantage of the stalls offering crepes and Thuringian Bratwurst. Other culinary delights, such as hot apple wine and local foods from Limburg’s partner cities, can be purchased among the stands in the Ploetze area.
A changing array of artisans will be featured for durations of two or three days each in the Neumarkt and the Ploetze area. Among these unique stalls, you will be able to browse a broad variety of goods: children’s toys; hand-stitched textiles; doll furniture; hand sewn children’s clothes; creative candle wares; fair-trade goods; knitted socks, scarves, and caps; and decorative woodwork. This is only a small sampling of the wares that the artisans at the Limburg Christmas market will be offering for sale.
For those wishing to take a break from shopping to enjoy a musical performance, the Limburg Christmas market is hosting a varied program both during the weekends and the week days. You can enjoy the music of the Children’s and Youth Orchestra of Nentershausen, the Youth Woodwind Orchestra Elbtal, the Lutheran Brass Ensemble Staffel, and the Saxophone Ensemble “Saxsonic” from the County Music School of Limburg, just to name a few. Also, on many evenings, you will encounter Christmas music performances on the streets that will provide a jolly accompaniment to your Christmas shopping efforts.
Between December 1 and 23, the Advent Calendar Cottage on the Kornmarkt will feature the opening of a new door each day at 6:00 pm. The Limburg Christmas market also offers free childcare on the four Advent Saturdays at the Mothers’ Center during the market’s hours of operation. And if you are seeking a moment for contemplation and restoration during the hectic Christmas rush, be sure to step into the Lutheran church near the train station, which will be offering short church services at 10:30 and 11:30 am on Saturdays.
The hours of operation of the Limburg Christmas market are:
- Mondays – Saturdays: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
- Sundays – 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
- Christmas Eve – until 1:00 pm
- Christmas Day and December 26 - closed
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