Kaiserslautern welcomes holiday season

Kaiserslautern’s annual cultural market will open at 2 p.m. on Nov. 25 at the Fruchthalle. Beate Kimmel, Kaiserslautern’s city mayor, will speak at the beginning of the event.

The cultural market is unique with more than 80 exhibitors presenting a diversified range of products over a four-week period. Visitors are encouraged to stop by more than once, to experience a large variety of arts and crafts, ceramics, jewelry, candles, soaps, leather goods, purses, fashion items, handmade stuffed animals, stone masonry products, goods made from wood as well as glass and paper, and Christmas decorations.

If you would like to meet with friends or relax, two coffee areas are set up in the Fruchthalle.

The cultural market is open daily from noon to 7 p.m. Some evenings have extended hours until 8 p.m. for visitors to attend concerts.

For more information visit: www.facebook.com/KulturmarktKaiserslautern or www.kaiserslautern.de/tourismus_freizeit_kultur/kultur/kunst_museen/veranstaltungen/kulturmarkt/index.html.de

Along with the cultural market, there will be a Christmas market. Mayor Kimmel with the help of the “Christkind,” or Christ child, will officially open this year’s Christmas market at 6 p.m. from the stage at Altenhof. The market will be set up through Dec. 23 around Stiftskirche and for the first time this year at Altenhof, due to Schillerplatz being under construction. The Kaiserslautern Christmas market will once again transform the city center into a glamorous Christmas scene that invites you to stroll through approximately 40 booths. Lights and Christmas decorations will sparkle and make children’s eyes shine.

Opening hours for the Christmas market are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 10 p.m.

Visitors get to taste regional delicacies, including, bratwurst, pizza, waffles, and roasted chestnuts as well as enjoy glühwein, or punch and various other Christmas specialties. Gluehwein is wine spiced with oranges, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and sometimes rum or amaretto.

Still looking for gift ideas? Get inspired by the many booths set up in the center of town. The booths offer tree ornaments, candles, nutcrackers, traditional advent wreaths, wooden toys, leather items and more.

The musical repertoire includes classical Christmas music, jazz and rock, and pop. On advent Sundays, at 3 p.m., various choirs will perform at the Stiftskirche, providing a pre-Christmas atmosphere.

Also, the children’s Christmas bakery will be set up inviting children of all ages to bake. Kindergartens and schools will bake weekdays, all children are invited to participate on weekends. No registration is needed. The Christmas bakery will be open Nov. 26 to Dec. 23, on weekdays, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 2 to 6 p.m.

Do you still want to enjoy the festivities after Christmas has passed? No problem, Dec. 27 to 30, the market will turn into a New Year’s market until the turn of the year.

Interested visitors can pick up a flyer with the complete program at Kaiserslautern’s tourist information, in stores, restaurants, banks and the German-American Community Office or visit www.kaiserslautern.de/mb/veranstaltung/programm_2019.pdf.