The Nuremberg Christmas Market is Known as the “Little Town from Wood and Cloth”:
With over two million visitors every year, the Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt can easily claim to be one of the more popular Christmas markets in Germany. In the medieval setting of the old town of Nuremberg, visitors can shop for all kinds of Christmas goodies as well as enjoy the festive atmosphere of the market.
Each year at 5:30 pm, on the Friday before the first Advent Sunday, the Christmas Angel declares open the Nuremberg Christmas Market in a ceremony that takes place on the “Nurnberg Hauptmarkt” (market square) in the old town. This elaborate event gets worldwide television coverage.
There are some 180 wooden market stalls, all decorated with red and white cloth. This has earned Nuremberg’s Christmas Market the nickname “Little Town from Wood and Cloth”.
Visitors to Nuremberg’s Christmas market can enjoy traditional Christmas fare like the famous Nuremberg lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread), baked in Nuremberg for more than 600 years. These come in all sizes and a range of coatings, including chocolate, sugar or strawberry.
The Nuremberg Christmas market is also a good place to shop for hand-crafted Christmas decorations such as the famous Nuremberg “Rauschgoldengel” (gold foil angel), cribs, Christmas tree ornaments and candles, toys as well as handicraft products. You won’t find any plastic decorations at the Nuremberg Christmas Market as the stalls are monitored to ensure that the market is kept beautiful and tastefully decorated.
A favourite souvenir is the Zwetschgenmännle or “Nuremberg Plum People” which are little figures made from prunes. And to fend off the cold, there are always the special Nürnberger bratwurst on rolls and mugs of mulled wine. You’ll find many booths selling what they call a 3-in-a-roll or “3 im Weggla”.
Christmas in Nuremberg
Nuremberg’s old quarter is beautiful at any time of the year but at Christmas this delightful medieval city puts on its Christmas magic. There is a lot to see, do and experience during the Christmas season including enjoying Christmas concerts in the churches, traditional Nativity scenes in the baroque St. Egidien church, and in Spitalgasse, an exhibition of historical market stalls in the town hall, the Christmas market for children on Hans-Sachs-Platz and the ‘star’ theatre at St. Katharine’s Abbey.
Visitors to Nuremberg have a wide range of hotels to choose from. In central Nuremberg many of the hotels such as the NH Nürnberg City, Le Meridien Grand Hotel and the Holiday Inn Nurnberg are all close to the Nuremberg Central Station, which is within walking distance of the Old Town. For the complete list of Nuremberg hotels, see HERE.
Christmas Market Information
Christkindlesmarkt Nürnberg (Christmas Market)
Christkindlesmarkt Opening Times: 27 Nov 2015 – 24 Dec 2015
Mon – Thu 10:00 – 21:00 | Fri & Sat 10:00 – 21:00 | Sun 10:00 – 21:00
Opening day: 27 Nov 2015 from 10:00 – 21:00
Opening ceremony at 5.30pm
Christmas Eve: 24 Dec 2015 from 10:00 – 14:00
Map of Nuremberg Hauptmarkt