Christmas tree bazaars in Germany

By: Andrei Costenco
According to the ancient tradition, on the eve of the Advent season (the period beginning four Sundays before Christmas by the western tradition), they organize Christmas fair on the ancient squares of German cities; this year they were opened till December, 24th.It is considered, that the most colorful and grandiose fairs collecting thousand of people, are organized in the federal lands of Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemberg. One of the brightest and well-known Christmas fairs is situated on the market area of the Old city near the well-known church Frauenkirche in Nuremberg. According to the long-lived tradition, it is opened by a golden-winged angel, which role plays a local girl after winning a special competition.

And every time there are short disputes in the local press concerning who should be the winner – Catholic or Protestant. Already more than half a century on the second Thursday of December two thousand Nuremberg schoolboys with self-made small lamps take part in celebratory parade through evening city to the Christmas fair. The Nuremberg "Christkind" ("Baby-Christ") reads evangelical texts solemnly and invites everybody to his Christmas fair under the accompaniment of celebratory music from the balcony of the church Frauenkirche. They place decorations of the Christmas crib in the center of the market, where real actors illustrate evangelical story about the Birth of Jesus Christ.From 2 up to 4 million tourists from all over the world come every year to Nuremberg, Dresden and Munich in order to be inspired with celebratory atmosphere of Christmas fairs, to take pleasure of their fantastic enchanting spectacle, and also to try Christmas gingerbreads and to drink to a mug of hot mulled wine. However, last years on similar bazaars the police organizes special cameras observing pickpockets and criminal elements also coming here from the countries next to Germany and wishing to foist dealers falsified money.

Europe Destinations
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 
 • 

» More on Europe Destinations