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Enjoy three different christmasmarkets in cloverleaf city

Christmastime in Fürth

Cancellation of Fürth's Christmas Markets 2020

Due to the current conditions, the city of Fürth has officially announced the end of the Christmas- and Mediaeval market on the Fürther Freiheit. Also the Old Town Christmas Market at Waagplatz will not take place this year. Nevertheless, the cloverleaf town is looking for a little Christmas spirit: almost 20 decorated Christmas trees throughout the town, as well as the 2018 redesigned Christmas lighting, will provide a festive flair.

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Fürth Christmas Market

Pärchen lächelnd auf dem Weihnachtsmarkt
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In 2018, in a survey conducted by the online portal testberichte.de, the Christmas market at Fürth Freiheit was voted the most popular in Bavaria. The reason why is easily explained.

In contrast to the world-famous Christmas market in nearby Nuremberg, in Fürth you can easily stroll around the market without having to contend with crowds of visitors. The festive food leaves nothing to be desired. From the traditional mulled wine and a bratwurst roll to eggnog punch and flame-grilled salmon - at Fürth Christmas Market there is something to suit every taste, from whether sweet to or savoury.

More than 40 booths display an enticing array of gift articles, Christmas tree decorations and Christmas fare, while children can look forward to the merry-go-round, the train little train that runs through a small Christmas forest and a live nativity scene with donkeys and goats.

Incidentally, like Nuremberg, Fürth has its own “Christkind”, or Christ Child. The role of the Christ Child is played by a teenage girl with flowing blonde locks. She recites the traditional poem at the opening ceremony and appears at the market on various days to read Christmas stories at the nativity scene and to pose for photos.

Admission is free.

Fürth Mediaeval Market

Blick auf den von bunten Fähnchen überspannten Mittelaltermarkt auf der Fürther Freiheit. Im Vordergrund ist eine Feuerschale zu sehen.
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With craftsmen, jugglers, fire blowers and stilt walkers, the lovingly decorated market with its historical booths next to the Freiheit market has been attracting visitors for more than 10 ten years.

Candlemakers, carpenters, dress makers, bone carvers and blacksmiths demonstrate their skills.

There is a show every evening on the mediaeval stage. Visitors can warm themselves at the many open fires with cups of steaming hot mead or soak in a wooden mediaeval bath tub. Traditional tastes of the past can also be savoured in the form of soups, stews and tarte flambée. 

One thing you are sure to see are children with glowing eyes, round in amazement, as they listen to the fairytales of Gretel the storyteller, or take part in the kids’ jousting tournament supervised by heralds Jörg von Filz and Uli von Moll, under whose expert supervision girls and boys up to 12 years of age are turned into fully fledged knights.

Admission is free.

Old Town Christmas Market

Zwei junge Damen visieren Weihnachtsschmuck auf der Altstadt-Weihnacht
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First held more than 40 years ago, the festive spirit abounds for ten days at the traditional Old Town Christmas Market on the idyllic Waagplatz.

Aside from a varied musical programme, visitors can look forward to an array of traditional arts and crafts made by professional and hobby artists. Live demonstrations, including a blacksmith and glass-blower at work, can be watched.

Tin toys, ceramics, porcelain, jewellery, dolls and Christmas decorations such as candles, lanterns and wooden ornaments make beautiful little Christmas presents.

Magicians and puppet theatres captivate the market’s youngest visitors. 

The Old Town Christmas Market is creative, original, relaxed and, above all, not so as commercialised as many other markets.

Admission is free.

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