I took this picture of a special Nativity set of individual figures displayed in a glass case – the angels were probably 12″ tall – and everything was beautifully hand carved.
The details on these half-timbered shops was excellent, and while some buildings were permanent – and others set up especially for the Christkindlesmarkt – it was hard to tell the difference.
The dark shadow of a medieval tower looms in the darkness over the Christkindlesmarkt, reminding the visitor of Nürnberg’s earlier days.
The backdrop of a medieval stone building provides the perfect ambiance for the Christkindlesmarkt and the Advent season.
The market square opens onto main pedestrian zones that angle off into the rest of Nürnberg – while the lights of the city reflect off of well worn paving stones from the steps of visitors throughout the ages.
A beautiful horse drawn coach navigates its way through the Christkindlesmarkt, reminding us of days long ago in what might be called the “good old days.”
There is plenty of water in and around downtown Nürnberg from the Pegnitz River and a series of small lakes, and this beautiful medieval stone building is called the, “Heilig-Geist-Spital” or the Holy Spirit Hospital – one of the largest medieval hospitals.
Locals and tourists alike pass along the colorful red and white vendor booths, taking in the sights, sounds and fragrant aromas of the Christkindlesmarkt in Nürnberg.
With some two million visitors to the Christkindlesmarkt each year, the market is really an event to experience first hand – and an opportunity to see and enjoy a vast array of Christmas decorations and seasonal food and drink specialties.
Nürnberg is famous for its Christmas Angels – with real wax faces – used for topping Christmas Trees and other decorating purposes; and here a larger than life Christmas Angel watches over the shoppers below.
The lighted tower in the distance overlooking a sea of red and white Christkindlesmarkt stalls is called the “Schöner Brunnen” or Beautiful Fountain, a 19 meter tall beautifully carved spire erected in the 14th century.
This is the “Frauenkirche” or Our Lady’s Church, constructed between the years 1355 and 1358 by Emperor Charles IV.
The historic “Frauenkirche” or Our Lady’s Church, rises into the darkness – lit by the lights of the Christkindlesmarkt below – creating the perfect backdrop for the season of Advent.
The base of the “Frauenkirche” or Our Lady’s Church, is flanked by two large lit Christmas trees and overlooks the Christkindlesmarkt arrayed before it.
A large Nativity Scene that was displayed in the Christkindlesmarkt captures the true meaning and reason for Christmas – the birth of our Savior – Jesus Christ the Lord.
A closer look at the illuminated, “Schöner Brunnen” or Beautiful Fountain, in the Christkindlesmarkt as shoppers stroll among the vendor booths below, taking in the atmosphere of the occasion.
It was a very cold evening walking through the many rows of vendor tents, and David rode much of the time on my shoulders to be able to see everything around him – and once we stopped for dinner at a restaurant on the market he fell fast asleep on the upholstered bench at the table.