Nuremberg Christmas Market - Overview:
The old center of Nuremberg, Bavaria, with its imperial castle towering majestically over the city is certainly worth a visit any time of year. But starting in November, the famous Nuremberg Christmas market turns the city into a magical winter wonderland.
The Nuremberg Christmas Market, which dates back to the 16th century, takes place on the cobble-stoned Market Square in the heart of the Old Town and is part of our series The Best Christmas Markets in Germany.
"Little Town of Wood and Cloth":
Nuremberg's open-air Christmas market features 180 wooden huts festooned with red and white cloth, lights and fresh garlands; the locals fondly call their Christmas market "our little town of wood and cloth".
A traditional and unique atmosphere is guaranteed at the Nuremberg Christmas market – the organizers of the fair keep a watchful eye on the tasteful decoration of each hut, and plastic fir garlands, taped Christmas music, and the like are not allowed here.
What to Buy:
The Nuremberg Christmas market is famous for its Nuremberg Bratwursts, small charcoal-grilled sausages, and its "Lebkuchen", gingerbread cookies. Keep an eye out for the famous little figurines made out of dried plums, the signature souvenir from the Nuremberg Christmas Market.
The highlight of the Nuremberg Christmas Market is its opening celebration, when the Christmas Angel, played by a local girl, reads out a prologue from the balcony of the Nuremberg Cathedral.
There is also a Christmas market just for kids, featuring a steam train, nostalgic carousels, and many hands-on workshops.
A magical moment for young and old is the lantern procession, where over 1500 Nuremberg kids join in a lantern parade up to the Nuremberg castle on the hill./p]
- November 30 - December 24, 2012
- Opening Celebration: Friday, November 30, 5.30 p.m.
- Lantern Procession: beginning of December, starting at Fleischbruecke, 6:15 p.m.
- Mon-Thu, 09:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Fri-Sat, 09:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
- Sunday, 10:30 – 8:00 p.m.
- December 24th, 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.