Nuremberg Christmas Markets 2017

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Nuremberg Christmas Markets 2017

Like every year, also this one  Nuremberg Christmas Markets 2017, the most famous in Germany, opens its doors to tourists and visitors from all over the world. The market takes place in the Market Square, and begins officially on Friday preceding the first Advent Sunday.

During the inaugural ceremony, a Christmas angel recites a solemn speech from the balcony of the Church of our Lady.

Christmas market in Nuremberg – Christkindlesmarkt
25.11. – 24.12.2016
Haupt Markt
25.11: Solemn Inauguration at 17.30 – open market from 10.00 to 21.00
from 10.00 to 21.00
24.12: 10.00 to 14.00


Nuremberg dedicates an area to children. Besides food stands and items for young people, a carrousel and a steam train are present near the markets to entertain children.

Nuremberg Christmas Market

Nuremberg Christmas Market

Found only in Nuremberg: Its own children‘s dreamland with a splendid two-level merrygo-round, mini-Ferris wheel, steam railway and children‘s merry-go-round as well as large model railway layout! Very inviting are the lovingly decorated, child-oriented houses with special themes, incl. the Christmas bakery, children‘s post offi ce, the candle makers‘ or handicrafts. The highlight: The Nuremberg Christmas Angel visits on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at ca. 2.30 pm and invites all the children to a free ride on the merry-go-round!

The Nuremberg Christmas Angel

Every two years, and that is this year, Nuremberg chooses a new Christmas Angel. At 5.30 pm it opens ”its” Christkindlesmarkt with a ceremonious prologue, and appears there Tuesday to Friday always around 3 pm.
Other tasks include appearances at the Nuremberg Children‘s Christmas Market, fairy-tale hours in the Star House (Sternenhaus) and visits to senior citizens‘ homes, kindergartens, hospitals and charitable institutions – as Nuremberg‘s ambassador also in the media and at other Christmas markets.

Christkindlesmarkt Nuernberg

Christkindlesmarkt Nuernberg

…and more


Christkindlesmarkt Nuernberg

Christkindlesmarkt Nuernberg

Advent in the Old Town Churches: festive and contemplative events
Nuremberg‘s churches offer architecture and art treasures, naturally also church services, devotions and opportunities for meditation, as well as noon-time concerts and numerous theme tours, for example, to the church towers of St. Lawrence and St. Sebald. Pre-Christmas highlights are the Advent concerts, choral and organ music, the Christmas Oratorio as well as the always very impressive Woodsmen‘s Mass.

Museums and Special Exhibitions: Advent in the Old Town
Traditional Christmas exhibition in the Hall of Honor in the Old Town Hall: At the center of the free display stands an historic Christmas market stall with original toys from the past.
Fitting for the season, dolls and toys can also be admired in the Toy Museum and the Germanisches Nationalmuseum.
Arts and crafts lovers, on the other hand, will thoroughly enjoy a visit to the Christmas sales exhibition in the Fembo House City Museum.

Crèches Exhibitions: Small-scale tradition
Nuremberg‘s Baroque church St. Giles (St. Egidien) is an ideal setting for this impressive show. From the Nuremberg Friends of Crèches Association, which also exhibits in the Craftsmen‘s Courtyard. There is also a Nativity Trail: Well-known artists display their crèches free of charge in the Spitalgasse between the Christkindlesmarkt and the Children‘s Christmas Market.

Star House
Right across from the market, in the Hall of the Holy Spirit Hospital, all children from age 4 can expect a sack full of goodies just bursting with ”heavenly” cultural programs.
More than 150 events are on the afternoon program, naturally also the Nuremberg Christmas Angel with a regular fairy-tale hour!

Round Trips in the Mail Coach
Not only children‘s eyes light up when one of the historical mail coaches appear – drawn by a team of two patient horses and driven by an authentic-looking coachman and postillion. You just can‘t let such a nostalgic trip around the Christkindlesmarkt slip past you.

Lantern Procession to the Castle
Always an atmospheric event, sponsored for years by NÜRNBERGER Insurance Group: Around 1,500 Nuremberg schoolchildren parade with handcrafted ”light artworks” past the Christkindlesmarkt up to the castle, where they enact the story of Christmas.

Christkindlesmarkt Nuernberg

Christkindlesmarkt Nuernberg

How to get there and car parks

By plane

Nuremberg airport is situated 5 km from the city centre

For all info on European airports see: Airports in Europe

 By train

Nuremberg train station is situated in the southern part of the city, with connections to and from the main German cities.

By car

The highways serving the city of Nuremberg are A3, A6,  A9 and  A73

To access some cities in Germany it is necessary to purchase a mark, the Feinstaubplakette”, to be exhibited on the windshield. This rule is now about to extend all over the country.

Further information on the driving mark, as well as a list of locations where it is required can be found on the following webpage :
Car parks

There are several indoor car parks in Nuremberg, many of which offer a useful service to leave the car and use public transports to move around.

An on-line service permits to verify the availability of each parking before leaving the hotel.

Nuremberg Christmas Market

Nuremberg Christmas Market

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