Saarbrücken hosts Christmas market, flying Santa

Saarbrücken opened its “Christkindlmarkt,” Christmas market, Nov. 25, at St. Johanner Markt and Bahnhofstrasse.

A historic ambiance and Christmas anticipation invites visitors to view approximately 80 market booths and a children’s program. Eye-catchers include the nine-meter high Christmas pyramid and a small Ferris wheel. Fifteen thousand lights illuminate the market in a festive atmosphere. The bell tower, alpine hut and gingerbread house are just a few attractions that make the Christmas market an ideal place to bring family.

Another attraction is the large wine barrel booths where visitors can enjoy glühwein with friends and family. To reserve a wine barrel contact the alpine hut. Due to Saarbrücken’s location, it combines various tastes and delicacies from France and Germany. Specialties include chocolate covered fruits, sausages, and the Saarland dish, “Dibbelabbes,” an oven-baked hash, made from grated raw potatoes, bacon, and leek, served with apple sauce.

Another special attraction is Santa Claus, in his reindeer sleigh, accompanied by a Christmas angel in a cloud floating over the market. From an airy height, he tells the story of Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer to young and old. Storytime is daily at 5 and 7 p.m., Wednesdays at 2 p.m., Dec. 7 at 9 p.m. and Dec. 23 at 6 p.m.

In Bahnhofstrasse, an ice skating rink has been constructed for children up to 15 years of age. Opening hours are daily noon to 4 p.m.

The Christkindlmarkt can be visited daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tomorrow, organizers invite visitors to a long shopping night with the market and stores will be open until midnight.

Parking is available at the parking garages at Gerberstrasse, Fürstenstrasse, Schillerplatz, Hafenstrasse, Trierer Strasse, Bormannspfad, St. Johanner Strasse, Fritz-Dobisch-Strasse, Victoriastrasse, Sulzbachstrasse, Dudweiler Strasse and Talstrasse.

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