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Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt – a place for wonders

The opening of the Christmas market this year on November, 25. (Photo: Olha Kuzmyn)

When the clock strikes 17:30, the city plunges into darkness. Not a single sound breaks the silence, not a single heart remains indifferent. It’s the time of magic, holidays, gingerbread, mulled wine and Christmas. It’s the time when one of the most famous Christmas markets in Germany opens, and it is special for a few reasons.

History and traditions

Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt has an about 400-year-old tradition and is one of the oldest markets in Germany. Since 1948 each year it is opened with a prologue recited by a „Christkind“ (the English version of the prologue can be found here: http://www.christkindlesmarkt.de/en/christkind/the-festive-opening-ceremony-and-prologue-1.2373140). The Christkind tradition goes back to the times of Martin Luther who wanted to separate from the Catholic church and decided to present children with gifts on Christmas Eve. The presents were believed to be brought by „Holy Christ“, which eventually turned into a Christkind character. So each year, before the first Advent, a beautiful golden angel goes up the stairs to the observation point of the Frauenkirche at the Marktplatz and greets all the citizens with the beginning of the festive Christmas time. Weiterlesen