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Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt (Nuremberg Christ Child Market)

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What is Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt?
A Nürnberger Christmas is like experiencing a winter fairy tale in a medieval and romantic old town setting. It is known and loved the world over. It is a Christmas bliss for both the young and the old.
When and where is Nürnberger Christkundlesmarkt?
Every year the Christmas Market opens on the Friday before the first Sunday of Advent in the main market square and can be visited until December 24.
Why is it held?
It celebrates the Advent season in tradition and in reflection.
How is it celebrated?
Everyone gets into the Christmas mood here:
  1. You can visit about 180 vendors at traditional booths that line the closed streets, which are decorated with all kinds of Christmas decorations.
  2. You can smell the aroma of great food, drink, and snacks everywhere.
  3. All the traditional Christmas customs and festive cheer you wanted to see and experience can be found here.
  4. You can meet the master of ceremonies: Christkind (Christ Child).
    • Christkind officially opens market Friday before 1st Advent Sunday
    • before Christmas she has over150 "official duties", which include visiting hospitals, old people’s homes, and children’s nurseries.
    • It also includes giving interviews and visiting other cities.
    • The glittering symbol of the market is the Rauschgoldengel (gold tinsel angel), which is a popular Christmas tree decoration.
  5. There are three traditional souvenirs: Christkind (Christ Child), an angel with golden hair, Zwetschgenmännle (prune men), and colorful Glühwein mugs.
  6. You can sample the traditional holiday food, drinks, and snacks which are featured at the market.
    • It wouldn't be Germany if there wasn’t sausages and beer.
    • Nürnberger specialty Rostbratwurst (sausage), which is served "drei in an Weggla" (three in a Brötchen, bun).
    • Another Nürnberger specialty is Lebkuchen (gingerbread with almonds, nuts, and honey) in all shapes and sizes.
    • Another Nürnberger original is the Zwetschgenmännle (plum man), which is not fit for eating. He is a dried fruit souvenir, with dried plums as arms and legs, a stomach of dried figs, and a walnut as a head. There are over 350 varieties of Zwetschgenmännle.
    • There are other pastries available for sampling: Stollen (fruit bread), Marzipan (almond candy), Springerle (cookies), Hutzelbrot (dried pear bread) and Früchtebrot (fruit bread).
    • There are also many types of beverages to quench your thirst: beer, Glühwein (heated and sweetened wine, such as hot apple or blueberry wines), and hot Eierpunsch (egg nog).
  7. For shoppers, there are great gift ideas for Christmas presents with (products) from Germany and all around the world.
  8. There are rides and festive events.
    • You can take a ride on a horse-drawn carriage.
    • You can take a market tour on a stage-coach.
    • A "Children’s Christmas Market" is available with merry-go-rounds and free rides four times a week.