The City Of The Christ Child
The Nuremberg “Christkindlesmarkt” is one of the oldest and most beautiful Christmas markets in all of Germany. It is officially opened every year by the prologue of the Nuremberg Christ Child.
The tradition of the Nuremberg Christmas market dates back to 1628. So not surprisingly, the more than 180 stands are big on traditional wares. Get into the Christmas spirit in downtown Nuremberg while strolling past the market stands with their red-and-white cloth roofs. Feast your eyes and your palate on Nuremberg gingerbread, fruit loaf, gold foil Christmas angels, Christmas decorations, toys, as well as other arts and crafts.
The Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt would be unthinkable without the presence of the Christ Child. Aside from the official opening ceremony at 5:30 pm on the Friday preceding the first Advent Sunday, which is presided over by the Christ Child, she also makes regular appearances at the market.
The Christ Child also visits the Kinder Christmas Celebration that takes place concurrently to the market at the nearby Hans-Sachs-Platz. Families always look forward to the old-fashioned carriages and the child-friendly hands-on activities. Another highlight is the annual light procession of 1,500 school children walking up to the Nuremberg imperial castle, at night, with hand-made lanterns, for a reenactment of the Christmas story.
Nuremberg is big on traditions, but the city also shows its cosmopolitan side, especially at Christmas time: Over 20 cities and regions from all over the world are represented at the Market of the Partner Cities.