Siegburg Christmas Market
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Between November 30 and December 22, 2013, the market square in Siegburg will be temporarily transformed into a medieval Christmas market, complete with craftsmen, minstrels, and merchants. The approximately 50 stalls at the Siegburg Christmas market are sure to offer plenty of delights for all the senses, ranging from spices from the Orient to wonderful fabrics from Flanders. And did you catch that this is a medieval-themed fair? Even if you did, you might not expect that everything at the fair is operated without electricity or artificial light. Torches, oil lamps, candles, and tea lights add atmosphere and beauty to the early winter nights. All of the craftsmen pursue their crafts without modern technology. Here at the Siegburg Christmas market you can watch a blacksmith forge hinges and nails, a rope maker create fishing nets, a quarryman craft figures, and a baker draw fragrant bread from a wood-fired oven. Other craftsmen at the fair include, among others, a toy maker, a silversmith, a weaver, a spoon carver, and a basket weaver.
I would be remiss if I failed to mention all of the historic foodstuffs that you can try at the Siegburg Christmas market. Have you ever sampled mead, fermented honey that was drunk like wine? What about Turkish mocha laced with spices from Asia Minor? A bee keeper, a pita baker, a fishmonger, and others offer up a rich array of dishes that will please any palate and scenting the wintry night air with plentiful aromas from the many corners of the medieval world.
Every day at 11:00 am, the Siegburg Christmas market opens with a changing program of entertainments and performances. Minstrels, jugglers, and others give hourly exhibitions of their skills on the stage set up in the market. While visiting the Siegburg Christmas market, you will encounter a variety of intriguing characters, ranging from the trustworthy to the rascals, including preachers, beadles, beggars, and musicians. Saturdays are particularly special for children. On these days, a storyteller wanders the market, weaving enchanting tales, and the Pulcinella puppet theater offers charming plays that will make the little ones' eyes sparkle with laughter. The older children will be intrigued and challenged by the opportunity to take part in jousting contests, as in days of old. The younger set will have a memorable time riding the historic carousel that is turned by hand in the absence of electrical assistance.
The daily hours of operation for the Siegburg Christmas market are 11:00 am to 8:00 pm.
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