Christmas markets offer holiday shopping, entertainment

by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The Kaiserslautern Christmas market set up in front of Stiftskirche opens Nov. 27. Through Dec. 23, it offers many food specialties, traditional gluehwein and a merry-go-round.

Germany will ring in the holiday season with Christmas markets starting next week.

Outdoor Christmas markets are special events taking place during the pre-Christmas season. They consist of little wooden booths and houses decorated with fir tree garlands and light bulbs. Vendors sell traditional Christmas items such as ornaments, candles, angels, Advent wreaths and nutcrackers. Shoppers also find ideas for Christmas gifts such as wooden toys, puppets, handmade pottery, handcrafted leather items, glass products, jewelry and more.

The history of Christmas markets dates back to the 14th century. After farmers had sold their crop, they paid their workers. After attending worship services during Advent, those workers spent their money right away at little markets set up around the church. Most common items offered were sweets and toys. There were also craftsmen selling baskets, pottery, spices, clothes and Christmas tree ornaments.

Christmas markets also feature daily activities, musical entertainments, merry-go-rounds, and appearances by Santa Claus.

Generally, most Christmas markets in bigger towns open at 10 or 11 a.m. and close between 7 and 10 p.m. depending on the day of week. The markets in little villages usually don’t start until the early afternoon.

 

The Christmas market in Pirmasens opens Nov. 24 and closes Dec. 23. Santa Claus makes his appearance Dec. 6.

 

Christmas markets in the KMC
and close vicinity:

Alsenborn, Dec. 9 and 10

Alsenz, Dec. 9 and 10

Alzey, Nov. 27 to Dec. 24; and Dec. 27 to 31

Bann, Dec. 16 and 17

Bechhofen, Dec. 2 and 3

Bruchmuehlbach, Nov. 30

Eisenberg, Dec. 1 to 3

Erzenhausen, Dec. 3

Eulenbis, Dec. 17

Falkenstein Castle (north of Winnweiler), Dec. 16 and 17

Fockenberg-Limbach, Dec. 2 and 3

Glan-Münchweiler, Dec. 2

Hauptstuhl, Dec. 16

Heltersberg (Im Lindenpark), Dec. 3

Hirschhorn, Dec. 2

Hochspeyer, Dec. 9 and 10

Homburg, Dec. 10 to 30 (closed Dec. 25 and 26)

Kaiserslautern, Nov. 27 to Dec. 23; and Dec. 27 to Dec. 30

Katzweiler, Dec. 9

Kindsbach, Dec. 9 and 10

Kirchheimbolanden, Dec. 8 to 10

Kreimbach-Kaulbach, Dec. 10

Krickenbach, Dec. 9

Kusel, Dec. 15 to 17

TKusel, Lichtenberg Castle (medieval Christmas market), Dec. 2 and 3

Landstuhl, Dec. 2 and 3; Dec. 15 to 18

Linden, Dec. 9

Mackenbach, Dec. 16

Mehlingen, Dec. 12

Nanzdietschweiler, Nov. 25

Neuhemsbach, Schlossberg: Dec. 2 and 3

Neuleiningen, Dec. 2 and 3; Dec. 9 and 10

Niederkirchen, Dec. 9

Obermoschel, Dec. 2 and 3

Obernheim-Kirchenarnbach, Dec. 9 and 10

Olsbrücken, gluehwein fest, Nov. 25

Otterbach, (Im Kumb — in the forest) Dec. 17

Otterberg, Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 17 (children’s market), and Dec. 23

Queidersbach, Dec. 1 and 2

Ramsen, Dec. 9 and 10

Ramstein-Miesenbach, Dec. 8 to 10

Reichenbach-Steegen, Dec. 9 and 10

Rieschweiler-Muehlbach, Dec. 16 and 17

Rockenhausen, Dec. 1 to 3

Rodalben, Dec. 2 and 3

Rodenbach, Dec. 1 and 2

Schallodenbach, Dec. 9 and 10

Schneckenhausen, Dec. 2 and 3

Schopp, Dec. 2 and 3

Schwedelbach, Dec. 9 and 10

Steinalben, Dec. 2

Stelzenberg, Dec. 2

Sulzbachtal, Dec. 10

Trippstadt, House of Sustainability, Johanniskreuzer Strasse 1, Romantic Forest Christmas, Dec. 16 and 17

Waldfischbach-Burgalben, Dec. 3

Waldleiningen, Dec. 16

Waldmohr, Dec. 2 and 3

Weilerbach, Dec. 2 to 10

Winnweiler, Dec. 2 and 3

Other markets in Germany:

Ansbach, Nov. 30 to Dec. 24

Aschaffenburg, Nov. 30 to Dec. 22

Augsburg, Nov. 27 to Dec. 24

Baden-Baden, Nov. 27 to Dec. 30

Bad Bergzabern, Dec. 1 to 3; Dec. 8 to 10

Bad Münster/Stein-Ebernburg, Dec. 1 to 3; Dec. 8 to 10; Dec. 15 to 17; Dec. 22 and 23

Bad Kreuznach, Nov. 24 to Dec. 23

Bamberg, Nov. 30 to Dec. 23

Baumholder, Dec. 8 and 9

Berlin, Gendarmenmarkt, Nov. 27 to Dec. 31

Berlin, near Gedaechtniskirche, Nov. 27 to Jan. 7

Bernkastel-Kues/Mosel, Nov. 24 to Dec. 23

Bingen, Dec. 15 to 17

Bitburg, Dec. 6 to 17

Cochem/Mosel, Nov. 24 to Dec. 17

Cochem, Reichsburg Castle, Dec. 9 and 10

Darmstadt, Nov. 20 to Dec. 23

Deidesheim/German Wine Street, Dec. 1 to 3; Dec. 8 to 10; Dec. 15 to 17; Dec. 22 and 23

Dresden, Nov. 29 to Dec. 24

Edenkoben, Dec. 2 and 3

Frankfurt, Nov. 27 to Dec. 22

Freiburg, Nov. 27 to Dec. 23

Freinsheim/German Wine Street, Dec. 1 to 2; Dec. 8 to 10; Dec. 15 to 17; Dec. 22 and 23

Garmisch, Nov. 26 to Dec. 23

Grünstadt, Dec. 1 and 2; Dec. 8 to 10; Dec. 15 to 17

Hauenstein, Dec. 1 to 3

Heidelberg, Nov. 27 to Dec. 22

Idar-Oberstein, Dec. 1 and 2 in Oberstein (Schloss); Dec. 8 to 10 in Idar

Karlsruhe, Nov. 28 to Dec. 23

Kirchheimbolanden, Dec. 8 to 10

Koblenz, Nov. 24 to Dec. 22

Köln (near cathedral), Nov. 27 to Dec. 23

Konstanz, Nov. 30 to Dec. 22

Landau, Nov. 30 to Dec. 21

Leipzig, Nov. 28 to Dec. 23

Ludwigshafen, Nov. 24 to Dec. 23

Mainz, Nov. 30 to Dec. 23

Mannheim (near water tower),
Nov. 29 to Dec. 23

Merzalben, Dec. 9

Mettlach, medieval Christmas market, Nov. 25 to 27

Michelstadt, Dec. 1 to Dec. 23

München (Marienplatz), Nov. 27 to Dec. 24

Neunkirchen, Dec. 2 and 3

Neustadt/German Wine Street, Nov. 27 to Dec. 22

Nürnberg, Dec. 1 to 24

Pirmasens, Nov. 24 to Dec. 23

Potsdam, Nov. 27 to Dec. 28 (closed Dec. 24)

Regensburg, Nov. 27 to Dec. 23

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Dec. 1 to 23

Rüdesheim, Nov. 23 to Dec. 23

Saarbrücken, Nov. 27 to Dec. 23

Saarlouis, Dec. 1 to 23

Sankt Martin/German Wine Street, Dec. 2 and 3; Dec. 9 and 10; Dec. 16 and 17

Sankt Ingbert, Dec. 15 to 17

Sankt Wendel, medieval Christmas market, Dec. 9 to 17

Speyer, Nov. 27 to Jan. 7 (closed Dec. 25 and 26)

Stuttgart, Nov. 29 to Dec. 23

Traben-Trarbach (underground market), Nov. 24 to Jan. 1 (closed Nov. 26, Dec. 24 and 25)

Trier, Nov. 27 to Dec. 22

Wachenheim/German Wine Street, Dec. 9 and 10; Dec. 16 and 17

Wiesbaden, Nov. 28 to Dec. 23

Worms, Nov. 27 to Dec. 23

Würzburg, Dec. 1 to 23

Zweibrücken, Dec. 6, Dec. 8 to 10;
Dec. 15 to 17

Markets in France:

Colmar, Nov. 24 Dec. 30

Metz, Nov. 18 to Dec. 28

Strasbourg, Nov. 25 to Dec. 31

Wissembourg, Dec. 9 and 10; Dec. 16 and 17