Christkindlesmarkt, opens its stalls on the main place of the City. Every year the Christmas market begins on the Friday preceding the first Sunday in Advent and ends on December 24, unless that day is a Sunday.rom the 30th of November 2012 to 24th of December in Nürnberg/Bavaria, Germany one of the oldest Christmas Markets, called
Nurenberg is regarded as Europe`s oldest Christmas city. It’s a medieval city with an ancient part you will be enthusiastic about. Loaded with ancient history: like the first printing of books in very old times, the first watch (called Nürnberger egg), and a castle — all real and very old.
As soon as the fruit and vegetable stalls are removed from the main market square at the beginning of November and the knocking and hammering starts as the craftsmen erect the stalls, which are at first brown and undecorated, the citizens of Nuremberg prepare themselves for the oncoming storm. On the Friday before the first Sunday of Advent, Nuremberg’s pre-Christmas spectacle, which goes by the name of the Christchild’s Market, is opened.
This pre-Christmas market can be traced back to the middle of the 16th Century. Historians, however, currently name 1628 as the first year of the market for which official records exist, as there is an unambiguous piece of evidence from that year. There is a 19 cm oval wooden box painted with flowers in the German National Museum which shows market scenes. There is a list of notices for stallholders from 1737. This shows that nearly all of Nuremberg’s craftsmen were represented in the “town of stalls”.
The “Christkindlesmarkt” in Nurenberg has survived until the present day, mainly as a market for the sale of toys and other presents for the Christmas festival. Over the last decades the arrangement and decoration of the market have become particularly attractive so that it has won renown and popularity far beyond the bounds of the city itself. Only the colours red, white and the green of the x-mas trees are allowed.
The streets leading from the station to the market are attractively decorated with white poles bearing Christmas symbols, garlands of fir and pretty lights. At the centre of the market square is a crib, its wooden figures telling the Christmas story. Every visitor to the Christkindlesmarkt enjoys a pause to look at it. The market stalls are decorated with branches of fir and lit by lanterns. Most sell Christmas decorations, gold-foil angels, little prune figures made of dried fruit and crepe paper, the famous “Zwetschgenmännle”, spicy Lebkuchen cakes and toys.
The opening of the market is a festive occasion and enjoys great popularity. At dusk the Nuremberg “Christkind”, who is newly elected every two years, recites a prologue from the balcony above the entrance to the Frauenkirche, accompanied by festive music.
The market lost a lot of its importance at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. Then in 1933 a new ceremony began, where a “gold foil angel” (a girl who is selected for being the Christmas Angel/child) recited a prologue up at the church’s tower, choirs of children sang and church bells pealed, lending a supernaturally romantic tone into a new area of the event. Since 1969 the Christkind has been elected every second year. The Christkind has to be a sensible girl aged between 16 and 19 years of age. Initially a large number of competitors enter via the Internet, finally a jury chooses the next Christkind out of six finalists.
The to-be-elected girl is chosen for these virtues: long hair, being able to stand up in a very high tower and being able to memorize very long poems. To take a look at the opening ceremony and the Christmas Angel follow this URL: http://tinyurl.com/ck4feyy
As in the past years, neaarly 200 booths and stands will be erected on the Hauptmarkt. In about one third of all stands specialities of Nurenberg will be offered, such as Rostbratwürste (fried sausages from the roast), Lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread), Glühwein (mulled wine) and Früchtebrot (rich fruit loaf).
As it has always been, the greater part of the supply will be toys, arts and crafts articles, Christmas-tree decoration (no plastic allowed), Christmas cribs and candles. By now, around 150 events (trombone choirs, children’s singing, etc.) have been planned for the duration of the market.
In the evening the strolling thru the lighted X-mas market gives a nostalgic wonderful feeling back to the childhood time, and some mulled wine and a ginger bread are a MUST. Even better if some soft snowfall covers all up, the stalls and place looking like powdered sugar. Nevertheless, the market is also a big business- and you will see folks from all around the world coming buying and looking.
In Japan, courses– including flights– are offered: “How to decorate a real European, (say German) X-mas -tree”. They learn some Christmas songs and make a stroll over the market, try a Bratwurst, all inclusive.
Australia, USA and Portugal and Spain tourists are the most numerous- and the Santa Clauses who come here in Germany and Switzerland on 6th December have a lot to do by explaining and giving information— they all speak English!
Forget the business and enjoy the pix and link to the homepage of this old and traditional Christmas-Market. Merry Advents-Time to the readers of Inside the Gate!
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