Christkindlesmarkt in Nürnberg 2010

The last day of Nürnberg or Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt (Christmas Market) 2010 is on December 24, 2010. The stalls will be closed at around 2:00 PM. This years’s event started last November 26,2010. I believed that this year’s Christmas Market is again a memorable and successful one. It was a very delightful experience visiting it for the fourth time this year.

I am sharing some images from this year’s Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany.

handmade Christmas decors made of woods can be found in many stalls here.
Christmas Angels, Christmas tree decoration and Candles are also available.

Lebkuchen or Gingerbread and Sweets of various kinds are also available

tasting a Glühwein (glow wine, also called mulled wine) will let you forget for awhile the freezing cold weather while strolling at the Christkindlesmarkt.

HISTORY

Nuremberg’s Christmas Market is one of Germany’s oldest Christmas fairs. The pre-Christmas event on Nuremberg’s Main Market Square dates back to the mid 16th century. The first mention in writing is from 1628. The following inscription in black ink was found at the bottom of an oval, 19-centimeter-long spruce bentwood box decorated with flowers – now in the possession of the Germanisches Nationalmuseum: “Sent to Regina Susanna Harßdörfferin by Miss Susanna Eleonora Erbsin (or Elbsin) on the occasion of the Christmas Market of 1628”.

140 Stall Holders in the 18th Century

A list from 1737 demonstrates that almost all Nuremberg craftsmen were represented on the market. 140 persons were entitled to offer goods for sale.

Towards the end of the 19th century, the Christmas Market became less important. It shifted to various venues within the city, and was only revived in the 1930s. The National Socialists made good use of the well-established traditional event which enhanced Nuremberg’s image as the “Treasure Chest of the German Reich” and was a welcome supplement to their own calendar of festive events. In 1933, the Christmas Market moved back to the Main Market Square and was a much Romanticised event. An actress dressed up as the Christmas Angel, accompanied by two golden Christmas tree fairies, recited a prologue, a children’s choir sang, and church bells rang. During World War II, no Christmas Market was held in Nuremberg.
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