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Nuremberg Christmas Market

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Christmas Market of Nuremberg Photographer Uli Kowatsch/ Courtesy of Congress-und Tourismuszentrum Nuremberg

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.

Events:

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]

Dates:

  • November 29 - December 24, 2013
  • Opening Celebration: Friday, November 30, 5.30 p.m.
  • Lantern Procession: beginning of December, starting at Fleischbruecke, 6:15 p.m.

Opening Hours:

  • 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.
Website of the Nuremberg Christmas Market

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