Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

Christmas markets, also known as Christkindlmarket or Weihnachtsmarkt, is a street market associated with the celebration of Christmas during the four weeks of Advent.

The history of Christmas markets goes back to the Late Middle Ages when they originated in the German-speaking part of Europe, and in many parts of the former Holy Roman Empire that includes many Eastern regions of France.

Christmas markets where first held in Munich in 1310, in Frankfurt in 1393, in Dresden in 1434 and in Augsburg in 1498. Many more markets have evolved over the centuries and now literally every larger town in Germany holds a Christmas market for at least one weekend, many for several weeks prior to Christmas.

Traditionally held in the town square, the markets offer food, drink and seasonal items from open-air stalls accompanied by traditional singing and dancing. On opening night at the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, and in some other towns, onlookers welcome the "Christkind", acted out by a local child.