Germany’s Oldest Christmas Market Opens

By Amy Tang

One of Germany’s oldest and most famous Christmas markets has opened its doors.

In the Bavarian city of Nuremberg, a 17-year-old girl dressed as an angel recites the traditional proclamation, marking the opening of the Christkindlesmarkt (Christ child’s market) on Nov. 30, 2018.

Some of the 180 decorated stalls sell traditional gifts such as wooden toys, Christmas-themed goods, and food.

“What I especially like is the city and the atmosphere with the old buildings surrounding it, all the lights, and the stalls. And now I’m going to prepare for Christmas with a Gluehwein (mulled wine),” said Michael Chilette, a visitor from the United States.

“I’ve been in Nuremberg once before but it wasn’t during Christmas market, so I think it’s very interesting that there are so many different things to see. Gluehwein on every corner, it’s a wonderful thing, and we just popped a Lebkuchen (ginger bread) covered in chocolate with a cherry inside. It’s great, it’s great, I love every minute of it so far,” said Marni Eickmeier, another tourist.

Historically, the market was first mentioned in official records back in 1628, giving it a 390 year history.

The Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt ends on Christmas Eve, December 24, when the German people traditionally celebrate Christmas.