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Nuremberg Christmas Market
29 November, 2013 - 24 December, 2013
Frauenkirche, Nuremberg, Germany
This famous market dates back to 1628. Each year it is opened promptly at 5.30pm on the Friday before the first Sunday of Advent by the Christmas Angel (a young girl, who serves for two years, and is dressed in an elaborate gold and white gown with a golden crown).
Over two million visitors from all over the world come to this famous market, which offers some 200 stalls in the cobbled square beneath the Frauenkirche. Traditional Christmas articles such as cribs, tree ornaments, candles and Christmas tree angels are on sale. Be sure to try spicy Nürnberg bratwurst and soft, gingerbread-like Lebkuchen.
Market-stall holders compete for the most elegant stall design - since 1981 the winners have been presented with an annual award.
In the evenings the market is illuminated with thousands of fairy lights and a variety of bands - playing traditional and modern Christmas Carols and brass concerts - entertain the shoppers.