(UPDATE: Nuremberg Christmas market is CANCELLED) No Glühwein (mulled wine) will be served at the famous Nuremburg Christmas market! (Christkindlesmarkt 2021)


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(UPDATED) 2021 Decision Made: Nuremberg Christmas market will NOT take place this year. NO Glühwein (mulled wine) will be served to anyone (vaccinated or unvaccinated)

(UPDATE: Nuremberg Christmas market is CANCELLED) In 2020 the people of Nuremberg had to do without it completely, and this year too, due to the rapidly increasing incidences, the 2021 Christmas market (Christkindlesmarkt) in Nuremberg was in danger of being cancelled. Now representatives of the city have announced: The Christmas market will take place as planned – albeit with restrictions.


UPDATE: Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt is canceled

Tnanks corona! Until recently, the city of Nuremberg had hoped that the Christkindlesmarkt could take place. The Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt will not take place this year either. The Bavarian state government has tightened the corona measures

There was uncertainty for a long time

After the cancellation last year, the Christmas market in Nuremberg will take place again in 2021.

With a view to the continuing increase in corona numbers and full intensive care units in the Bavaria, cities and municipalities in the region are currently rethinking the implementation of their Christmas markets.

▶ The Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt 2021 will take place in a decentralized form, spread over several locations within the Old Town. This will create more space between the stands.

▶ From Friday, November 26 to Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24, the traditional booths with their red-and-white roofs will be located on the Main Market Square with the Rathausplatz and the Schmuckhof, Jakobsplatz, Lorenzer Platz and on the Insel Schütt.

▶ Visitors to the market can stroll from place to place: The entire Old Town will become a magical Christmas city.


Restrictions for visitors

▶ The Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt will take place this year with fewer stalls than in 2019 – instead of 160 stalls, there are only 101 on the main market this year. 

▶ The area on which the market is to take place, on the other hand, is significantly enlarged. This means that there are significantly fewer stalls in significantly more space. 

▶ The viewpoints are distributed over the main market, Lorenzer Platz, the island of Schütt and Jakobsplatz . With the equalization, crowds of people should be avoided.

Information about the Christkindlesmarkt 2021 in Nuremberg: times, program and corona rules

Below you will find information about opening times, locations, program and corona rules.

Christkindlesmarkt 2021 in Nuremberg: opening times, date and opening

The market will open on November 26th, 2021 and will run until December 24th. These are the opening times at the Nuremberg Christmas Market:

  • Monday to Sunday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Christmas Eve : 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

At the opening, the prologue of the Christ Child will not be held from the balcony of the Frauenkirche as usual. Because of the Corona requirements, it is instead recorded in advance and then broadcast on television and radio.

Locations at the Nuremberg Christmas Market 2021

In 2021 the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg will take place decentrally in several places. Nuremberg is creating more space between the stalls and in this way want to avoid clusters and crowds as much as possible. 

In the main square, for example, there will only be five instead of eight alleys with stands, but their width will be six instead of three meters.

There will be stands at the following locations:

  • Main market with town hall square and jewelry courtyard
  • Jakobsplatz
  • Lorenzer Platz
  • Island of Schütt

The crib will be in front of the portal of the Frauenkirche at the Christmas market in Nuremberg in 2021. There is no stage there this time. According to the city, the stalls for mulled wine are located at the following locations: Rathausplatz at Gänsemännchenbrunnen, Schmuckhof, Insel Schütt, northern Lorenzer Platz, Jakobsplatz.

Corona rules at the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg

The state government has drawn up the corona rules for Christmas markets in Bavaria with a framework concept.

▶ Accordingly, a distance of 1.5 meters should be maintained wherever possible.
In addition, the organizers must take care to prevent large gatherings of people.

▶ Therefore, the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg in 2021 will take place in several places. This requirement also means that the Christ Child does not appear on the market this year.

▶ A mask requirement will also apply outside at Christmas markets in Bavaria.

▶ Food and drinks may only be sold in closed areas where 2G applies. This means that only those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered should be allowed access.

Who is the Nuremberg Christ Child?


Twelve young applicants stood for election in 2021 to become the Nuremberg Christkind. In the end, Teresa Windschall prevailed. The 17-year-old student started her two-year term on November 3rd and will therefore also be the Christ Child in Nuremberg in 2022.

What or who is the Christ Child?

The Christ Child comes on Christmas Eve – especially in southern and western Germany, but also in Austria, Switzerland and other European countries. The Christ Child shares the position of symbolic figure and gifts of the Christmas festival with Santa Claus and Santa Claus. 

It is said that the Christ Child comes on Christmas Eve on the night of December 25th and brings presents for the children completely unseen. The Christ Child is particularly often depicted as a young girl with blonde hair and blue eyes who is reminiscent of a heavenly angel figure and even wears wings and a halo.

Where does the figure of the Christ child come from?

The Christ Child has Protestant roots. Since the invention in the 16th century, when children were given presents on St. Nicholas’ Day on December 6th or on the “Day of Innocent Children” on December 28th, the Christ Child has changed a lot. The Protestants rejected the veneration of saints, and thus also the veneration of St. Nicholas. With the Reformation, however, a gift bringer should not be missing – and the Christ Child was born as a substitute for St. Nicholas. This means that the custom of giving presents has been shifted from December 6th to Christmas Day or Christmas Eve.

What role does the Christ Child play today?

Even today parents tell their children that the Christ Child brings the presents on Christmas Eve. A few years ago in many families it was still the norm for someone to dress up as a Christ Child to bring the presents and let the children catch a glimpse. In order to give children the feeling of being able to come into contact with this mythical figure, the little ones can send their Christmas letters to Christmas post offices during Advent. Usually these are then answered by the “Christ Child”. In the recent past, however, the Christ Child has increasingly served as an advertising figure – including at Christmas markets.

The Nuremberg Christ Child

Since 1969, a Nuremberg Christ Child has been determined every two years – a young Nuremberg woman between 16 and 19 years of age. Before that, actresses slipped into the role of the Christ Child. The city of Nuremberg attaches particular importance to the fact that the figure of the Nuremberg Christkind is not marketed commercially, but exclusively devotes itself to social and charitable appearances. But twin cities are also on the program – including the United States, where the Christ Child appears as Nuremberg’s ambassador. For example in the Christmas Village in Philadelphia, which was built based on the Nuremberg model.

Michelle Halterman
Michelle Halterman
USA, China, South Africa and now Munich - Michelle has come a long way in the world. She is an outdoor person and loves to be in nature with friends and on her mountain bike. Or she meets up with friends for pasta, vino, cappaccino & Co.


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