Christkindlesmarkt or Christmas Market in Nuremberg, Germany

The Christkindlesmarkt or Christmas Market in Nuremberg is a famous event in this city and one of the biggest in Germany. It is held annually at the Hauptmarkt in the Old Town of Nuremberg. It is one of the famous Christmas Market in the world today, thus attracting around two million visitors every year.

If you happened to visit the Nuremberg Christmas Market, don’t forget to taste their famous Lebkuchen (ginger bread), the Glühwein (mulled claret), Pralinen (chocolates), gebratene Mandeln (roasted almonds) and some other homemade delicacies and especialties from Nuremberg and other places in Germany. Christmas decors of all sorts and other products are also found here.

Here are some images I took during my visit last December 2008. I had been to the Christkindlesmarkt here four times already. I might visit it again this year.

The Church of Our Lady in the background in Hauptmarkt or Main Market where the Christkindlesmarkt is being held.

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some Christmas decors you can see in the Christkindlesmarkt


History of Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt

Despite intense investigations carried out by several historians and people interested in local history, the origins of the “Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt” are unknown. The oldest piece of evidence, however, is a box made of coniferous wood. On the bottom you can find the following inscription: “Regina Susanna Harßdörfferin from the virgin Susanna Eleonora Erbsin (or Elbsin) sent to the “Kindles-Marck” in 1628. At the moment the box is in the possession of the Germanic National Museum in Nuremberg.

In official documents, the words „Kindleinbescheren“ (handing out presents to children) or “Weihnachtszeit” (Christmas time) are used time and again since 1610. It is not quite clear, however, whether these words have something to do with the “Christkindlesmarkt”. Historians assume that the market has its origins in traditional sales on the weekly market between 1610 and 1639 and that it gradually evolved into an independent market. Originally, the market opened on Thomas’ Day, December 4. Due to the large number of visitors, opening day was rescheduled to the Friday before the first Advent in 1973 and has remained so ever since. There were no markets between 1939 and 1948. more info here

 
 

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