The famous Opening Ceremony
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The enticing smells of mulled wine and rum punch, roasted almonds, Nuremberg bratwurst and gingerbread fill the air. And it’s not only tiny tots who will have their eyes all a-glow as the Nuremberg Christkind appears on the balcony of the Church of Our Lady to open the holiday season. Friday before the first Sunday in Advent is the day it all begins as she opens the world-famous Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt.
Nuremberg's Christmas Market is one of Germany's oldest Christmas fairs. The event on Nuremberg's Main Market Square dates back to the mid 16th century.
The joyful sound of bells and the clatter of hooves tell you that the yellow wagon of the historic stagecoach is coming to the Nuremberg Christmas Market.
The Market of Nuremberg's Sister Cities
On the square just north of the Christkindlesmarkt, the Christmas Market of Nuremberg's Sister Cities adds some international flair with it's wide range of indigenous arts and crafts. Since the Middle Ages, Nuremberg has been well-known for its internationality: Craftsmen and artists from all over the world settled the city and Nuremberg merchants sold their products throughout Europe.