Nuernberg Christmas Market

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Christkindlesmarkt Nuernberg
Christkindlesmarkt Nuernberg

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If numbers count for anything, the over 2 million annual visitors to the Nuernberg Christkindlesmarkt (literally, Christ Child Market) indicate that this is a must-see market for visitors. With a history that stretches back over 400 years, Nuernberg's Christmas Market is hosted every years in the main market square of the city, and is considered one of Germany's most famous Christmas markets. Every year the market opens at 5:30 on the Friday before the first Sunday of Advent. The Christmas Angel does the honors of opening the market by reading a traditional proclamation. With her long golden hair and white and gold dress, the Christmas Angel has been the symbol for the Nuernberg Christmas Market and for the city itself for many years. Besides her duties at the Christmas Market, the Christmas Angel also visits a variety of over 170 charitable and public institutions around the city, such as kindergartens, retirement homes, and hospitals. The Christmas Angel's responsibilities do not stop at the Nuernberg city limits. The Chicago Christmas Market, which was modeled on the one in Nuernberg, is opened every year by the Christmas Angel from the previous year's Nuernberg Christmas Market.

The Nuernberg Christmas Market accommodates about 180 wooden stalls covered in red and white striped fabric, which gives a festive air to the market. The stalls carry a rich variety of items from Bavaria, as well as other regions. Traditional wares associated with the Nuernberg Christmas Market are Nuernberg gingerbread, Christmas ornaments and nativities, and wooden toys. One favorite delicacy are the "Nuernberg Plum People," little figures made out of prunes.

Nuernberg also offers a fun time for children. A children's market is set up every year, complete with a Ferris wheel, a steam train, and a carousel. A Nativity Scene Train runs between the children's market and the Christmas market. Of additional note is a small international district of stalls associated with Nuernberg's sister cities and associated regions, which include Nice, Krakow, Glasgow, Venice, and Atlanta.

The Nuernberg Christmas Market will be open November 25 through December 24, 2012. During this period, there will also be supplemental events offered, such as a children's lantern procession, a large-scale nativity that dates from before World War II, and stagecoach rides.

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