Landstuhl will hold its traditional Christmas market, St. Andreas Markt, Nov. 28 and 29 in the center of town.
The first St. Andreas Markt was celebrated 456 years ago on the day of the patron saint. The market history shows interruptions of the event, but since 1986, this Christmas market has been held the same way.
More than 130 vendor booths and stands, nicely decorated, will be put up at Alten Markt, Lothar-Sander-Platz, on Poststrasse, in the Stadthalle and on Kaiserstrasse, which will be closed to motorized traffic. The whole center of town will be decorated with Christmas ornaments and bulbs to enhance the Advent atmosphere.
Mayor Ralf Hersina will officially open St. Andreas Markt at 2 p.m. Nov. 28 on Lothar-Sander-Platz in front of the Stadthalle. The fanfare ensemble Sickinger Herolde Landstuhl will provide the musical entertainment. The booths and stands will be open until 9 p.m.
On Nov. 29, which is the first Advent Sunday, the market will begin at 11 a.m. and end 8 p.m. Stores will open from 1 to 6 p.m.
On both Christmas market days, Santa Claus and his helpers will walk through the streets to surprise children.
A special arts and crafts market can be found in the Stadthalle. Numerous exhibitors will present their diversified handcrafted items.
The Sickingen bus will travel on an hourly basis between the center and the Atzel and Melkerei housing districts. The shuttle will be available from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Nov. 28 and 2 to 9 p.m. Nov. 29.
Kaiserstrasse, L395, will be closed to motorized traffic from 7 a.m. Nov. 28 to midnight Nov. 29 between the Rathaus and VR Bank Westpfalz. Motorists are asked to obey no parking and detour signs.