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Christkindlesmarkt Nürnberg | Photo: ©Timo Reichhart  – designlöwen Nürnberg

Nürnberg Christkindlesmarkt 2021 Cancelled

The Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt 2021 cannot take place, due to new Covid regulations issued by the Free State of Bavaria. All Christmas markets throughout Bavaria must be cancelled.

Friday November 26. to Friday December 24. 2021

The Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt 2021 will take place in a decentralized form, spread over several locations within the Old Town. This will create more space between the stands. From Friday, November 26 to Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24, the traditional booths with their red-and-white roofs will be located on the Main Market Square with the Rathausplatz and the Schmuckhof, Jakobsplatz, Lorenzer Platz and on the Insel Schütt. Visitors to the market can stroll from place to place: The entire Old Town will become a magical Christmas city.

“Little Town from Wood and Cloth”

Every year, Germany’s most famous Christmas Market opens its stalls for visitors from all over the world, right in the middle of the city, on Nuremberg Main Market Square. The opening of the Nuremberg Christmas Market, always on the Friday before the first Advent Sunday, is an impressive event, both for Nuremberg people and tourists.

The new Nuremberg Christkind, who will be chosen on November 3, will open the Christmas Market on November 26 at 5:30 pm with a festive prologue – but not on the balcony of the Church of Our Lady. The traditional opening ceremony will be moved to an enclosed space for live broadcast in TV and radio. To protect visitors from infection, the Nuremberg Christkind will not make public appearances at the Christkindlesmarkt and Children’s Market. The Christkind will, however, visit social and charitable institutions in accordance with health safety regulations.

Wooden stalls, festooned with red-and-white cloth, have given the Christmas Market its name of “Little Town from Wood and Cloth”. More than 130 stall holders present their traditional wares: Nuremberg spicy gingerbread, fruit loaves, bakery goods and sweets, typical Christmas articles such as Christmas tree angels, cribs, Christmas tree ornaments and candles, toys as well as arts and crafts products. Favourite souvenirs include “Zwetschgenmännle”, little figures made from prunes. And of course, by way of refreshments, there are always rolls with Nuremberg roast sausages and mugs of mulled wine.

The staff of the Market Department keep a watchful eye on the goods on offer. So plastic fir garlands are a definite no-no, just as much as non-stop taped Christmas muzak or carousels. The market’s stall holders also compete for the most beautiful and tasteful stall design. And reap their rewards: since 1981, the City has presented an annual award of gold, silver and bronze “Plum People” for the most beautiful stalls.

Nuremberg Christmas Market with its traditional image has also been a model for other Christmas Markets. The “Little Town from Wood and Cloth” has also been much in demand as a picturesque backdrop for TV productions.

Nuremberg Gingerbread

Fairground Carousels

The Nuremberg Christkind

Photos: ©Steffen Oliver Riese

Opening times – 2021

The Christmas Market will be solemnly opened with the Nuremberg Christkind’s prologue on November 26 at 5.30 p.m.

Mon. – Sun. 10.00 a.m. – 9 p.m.

The last market day will be 24. December (10.00 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Please visit the English language homepage for more info:

Christkindlesmarkt Nürnberg | Foto: Steffen Oliver Riese/

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