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Christkindlesmarkt is a famous Christmas market held annually in Nuremberg, Germany.[1] it takes place during Advent in the old town of Nuremberg's Hauptmarkt, the central square, and in the adjoining squares and streets. With about two million visitors a year the Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt is one of the largest Christmas markets in Germany and one of the most famous ones in the world. 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.


Despite intense investigations carried out by several historians and people interested in local history, the origins of the Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt are unknown. The oldest piece of evidence relating to it is a box made of coniferous wood. On the bottom can be found the following inscription: “Regina Susanna Harßdörfferin from the virgin Susanna Eleonora Erbsin (or Elbsin) sent to the Kindles-Marck in 1628. The box is currently in the possession of the Germanic National Museum in Nuremberg.

In official documents, the words Kindleinbescheren (handing out presents to children) or Weihnachtszeit (Christmastide) are used from 1610 onwards. It is not quite clear, however, whether these words have anything to do with the “Christkindlesmarkt”. Historians assume that the market has its origins in traditional sales at the weekly market between 1610 and 1639 and that it gradually evolved into an independent market. Originally, the market opened on Thomas’ Day, December 4. Due to the large number of visitors, opening day was rescheduled to the Friday before the start of Advent in 1973 and has remained so ever since. There were no markets between 1939 and 1948.


The Christkindlesmarkt was originally held at the Nuremberg Hauptmarkt. It was, however, relocated to other places such as the Fleischbrücke or the island Schütt between 1898 and 1933. In 1933, the market returned to its original venue.


Christkindlesmarkt could be translated word for word as "Christ Child Market". The Nuremberg Christkind or "Christ Child" is an important part of the market. Since 1933 a Christkindl has been elected every second year. The Christkindl has to be a sensible girl aged between 16 and 19 years of age. Initially a large number of competitors enter via an Internet competition, finally a jury chooses the next "Christkind" out of six finalists.


The Christkindlesmarket is opened with a prologue by the Christkind every year. Sources tell that this prologue might be from 1948 and is still the same. This solemn event attracts thousands of people to the Hauptmarkt.

Sister city markets

In Rathausplatz the sister city market has taken place since 1998. The sister cities provide booths with local specialties. These cities are: Antalya (Turkey), Atlanta (USA), Charkiw (Ukraine), Gera (Thuringia, Germany), Glasgow (Scotland), Kavala (Greece), Cracow (Poland), Nice (France), Prague (Czech Republic), San Carlos (Nicaragua), Shenzhen (China), Skopje (Macedonia), Venice (Italy) and Limousin (French region). Moreover there are friend cities like Bar (Montenegro), Kalkudah (Sri Lanka), Verona (Italy) present at the market.

See also


  1. Stadt Nürnberg. (Unknown last update.). Christmas City Nuremberg. Retrieved July 08, 2007, from

Coordinates: 51°03′11″N 13°44′10″E / 51.053°N 13.736°E / 51.053; 13.736

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