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Nuremberg Christmas Market Guide for 2023


The Christmas Festivity starts in Nuremberg’s Old Town on the last Friday of November. The streets are lit up with Christmas lights and decorations. The Nuremberg Christmas Market isn’t only famous in Bavaria but also famous in Germany and Internationally and it is considered one of the most beautiful Christmas Market in Germany. 


As the holiday season approaches, cities all over the world start preparing for their annual Christmas markets. These festive events are a beloved tradition, bringing together locals and tourists alike to partake in the holiday spirit.


But one city stands out among the rest when it comes to Christmas markets – Nuremberg, Germany. This medieval city in Bavaria has been hosting its Christ

Christmas Market Nuremberg
Christmas Market Nuremberg

One of the distinctive things about the Christmas Market of Nuremberg is its unique offering of regional products. It’s highly recommended to at least spend the whole day exploring the different Christmas markets of Nuremberg.  




When we visited the Christmas Market of Nuremberg, it was full of visitors (locals, and tourists). We were crawling in the adjacent streets to reach the Main Old Town. 


Christmas Market of Nuremberg
Christmas Market of Nuremberg

How to Reach Nuremberg:


There are frequent direct train connections from Munich and other cities to Nuremberg and now with a 49-euro Ticket, you can take a regional train to reach Nuremberg.





 If you’re traveling far from another city, then you can also take an ICE train (High-speed train). 


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Frauenkirche, Nuremberg
Frauenkirche, Nuremberg

Starting Date of Nuremberg Christmas Market:


The Nuremberg Christmas Market started in 2023 on Dec 1, 2023. 


Ending date of Nuremberg Christmas Market:


The Nuremberg Christmas Market started in 2023 on Dec 24, 2023. 




Nuremberg Christmas Market
Nuremberg Christmas Market

What’s the best time and day to visit the Nuremberg Christmas Market:


The Christmas Market gets very crowded during the weekend. If it’s possible then it’s highly suggested to visit the Nuremberg Christmas Market during the weekday.





If you want to enjoy both the magical lights and the daytime - you can go 1 hour before sunset, you can enjoy the daytime, and then stay until the Christmas market lights are turned on. 


If you're planning to visit Nuremberg, check out our guide on Things to do in Nuremberg.


Nuremberg Christmas Market
Nuremberg Christmas Market

Let’s start with the guide to find out the best ways to explore Christmas markets in Nuremberg. 


Nuremberg Christmas Market Guide:


Christkindlesmarkt:


The Christkindlesmarkt is one of the famous Christmas markets in Germany which is located on the Main Town Square of Nuremberg and it’s adjacent to the old town streets.





Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt
Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt

The city turns into a winter wonderland filled with lights, decor, and the aroma of roasted almonds and gives you the feeling of a Christmas Fairytale. It’s one of the largest Christmas Markets in Germany and it’s visited by two and half million visitors each year. 






Things to do in Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt
Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt

Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt isn’t just an ordinary Christmas Market but it’s a tradition that brings people together to enjoy the festivity and magic of Christmas.





 

Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt
Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt

It’s one of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany which takes us back to the Middle Ages. Christkindlesmarkt has more than 180 wooden stalls - selling handcrafts, Christmas decorations, and traditional German Crafts.


Nuremberg Christmas Market
Exploring Nuremberg Christmas Market

Alongside, there are also food stalls selling Christmas Traditional food such as bratwurst sausages, gingerbread cookies (Lebkuchen), and roasted chestnuts.


If you're planning to visit other Christmas markets, check out our guide on Christmas Market in Essen.


Things to do in Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt
Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt

There aren't just Christmas stalls in Christkindlesmarkt but also offers a true German culture. There’s also entertainment with live music and performances. 



 

Craftsmen's Courtyard (Handwerkerhof):


The Craftsmen's Courtyard is a unique Half-timbered house, and it offers unique handicrafts and traditional Franconian specialties such as Glass ornaments, potters, Gold, etc. It also turns into a Christmas festivity and is lit up with lights and decor.  


If you're planning to visit another Christkindlesmarkt, check out our guide on Christkindlesmarkt in Munich.


Craftsmen's Courtyard in Nuremberg
Craftsmen's Courtyard in Nuremberg

Sister Cities Market:


The Sister City Christmas is in the North of Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg(am nürnberg), and it is a reflection of the international environment and presents a friendship among the 14 twin cities of Nuremberg.




Christmas Shopping at Nuremberg
Christmas Shopping at Nuremberg

It presents a wide range of stalls from Nuremberg’s Sister cities like Antalya, Cordoba, Kharkiv, Glasgow, Nice, Prague, etc. The sales of these stalls go to charity organizations in the twin towns.





Children’s Christmas Market:


The Nuremberg Christmas has offerings for all ages so it’s not possible to ignore the kids in Christmas festivity. The Christmas Market for Children in Nuremberg is set up at Hans-Sachs-Platz. Here the kids can enjoy Merry go round ride and Big Wheel. Moreover, visitors can also bake cookies and paint glasses. 


Kinderweihnacht Nuremberg
Kinderweihnacht Nuremberg


Best View of the Nuremberg Christmas Market:


  • You can enjoy the beautiful view of the Nuremberg Christmas Market from the balcony of the Frauenkirche. Most of the time, it's crowded and you need to wait in the long queue, especially on weekends. Beware also about the closing time of the church. Normally, it closes earlier in winter.

  • You can also enjoy the beautiful lighting of Christmas from the Imperial Castle of Nuremberg. There's also a Christmas set-up with a small Christmas tree.


Best View of Nuremberg
Best View of Nuremberg


Best food to try at Nuremberg Christmas Market:


If you aren’t German or not familiar with German traditions for Christmas Markets - there are some must eat & drinks to try at Nuremberg Christmas Market. 





Things to do in Nuremberg Christmas Market
Nuremberg Christmas Market

  • Lebkuchen - The Famous Nuremberg Gingerbread

  • Mandeln - Roasted Almonds

  • Nuremberg Bratwurst - German little Sausages 

  • Schneeballen - A snowball dessert made of shortcrust pastry.

  • Reiberdatschi - A potato pancake

  • Stollen - A traditional German Christmas fruitcake

  • Laugenbrezeln - Authentic German Soft Pretzel

  • Champignons - Grilled Mushrooms

  • Heiße Schokolade - Hot Chocolate





City Wall of Nuremberg
City Wall of Nuremberg

Ending Note:


  • Most of the vendors only accept cash so make sure that you have enough cash. Otherwise, you can also withdraw the money from the ATM nearby, but be sure, that some ATMs also get crowded.  


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