Passau Christmas Market
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At the confluence of the Danube, Inn, and Ilz rivers lies the charming city of Passau in southern Bavaria. Full of buildings designed in the Italian Baroque style, Passau is an enchanting backdrop for its annual Christmas market, which this year will run from November 29 to December 23, 2013. The market is situated in the square that stretches in front of the Cathedral of St. Stephen, and the entire neighborhood will be charmingly decorated for the Christmas season. You will have plenty to see during your visit to the Passau Christmas market with its 70 stalls selling special Christmas wares and foods.
The Passau Christmas market is open daily, and every day offers a changing array of concerts and choral performances, which will be held on the market’s covered stage. This year’s offerings include the Wipplinger Alphorn Brass Ensemble, the Flugelhorn Duo Maria & Martin, and a harp concert. On Sundays, organ concerts will be held in the Cathedral of St. Stephen on what is arguably the world’s largest cathedral organ. One special highlight of this year’s program is the concert given by the world famous Regensburger Domspatzen Choir in the Cathedral of St. Stephen on December 4. Besides concerts geared to adult tastes, the Passau Christmas market also offers events that will certainly fascinate the market’s youngest visitors. On Wednesday afternoons at 3:00 pm, children will be delighted by the puppet theater performances. Older children will also be intrigued – and perhaps a little frightened – by the Perchten performances on Terrifying Tuesdays. According to local folklore, the Perchten, costumed in intricately carved masks, help to scare away the evil spirits of winter. A different Perchten group will perform each Tuesday of the Passau Christmas market.
If you have the time, be sure to check out Passau’s Wood Market, which is held concurrently with the Christmas market, on December 5 and 10. The tradition of this market stretches all the way back to the 16th century. Another special delight is Passau’s Nativity Trail. This trail winds its way through Passau’s center and features nativity scenes, both traditional and contemporary, all along its length. Also, if you have the time, the Passau Tourist Association offers special multi-language tours of the city, with themes such as “Magic Winter” and “Passau Twinkles and Gleams.” As you can see, there are plenty of activities and sites to visit during your visit to this lovely Bavarian town.
The hours of operation for the 2013 Passau Christmas market are: Monday – Thursday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, Friday and Saturday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm, Sunday: 11:30 am – 8:00 pm
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