Nuremberg’s Christmas market cancelled over fears of rising coronavirus cases

Nuremberg’s iconic Christmas market, the Christkindlesmarkt, won’t be going ahead this year.

The world-famous festive celebration has been cancelled due to fears of rising numbers of coronavirus cases in the city.

The Christkindlesmarkt is one of Germany’s biggest and oldest Christmas markets, and is a hit with locals and tourists thanks to its wide array of festive stalls selling everything from delicious food to Christmas decorations and plenty of brilliant gifts.

It’s particularly popular with foodies who usually flock here for the stalls serving up mulled wine, rum punch, bratwurst, gingerbread and roasted nuts.

Nuremberg’s Mayor, Marcus König, explained in a statement that the decision was a “very difficult” one as not only is the market a firm favourite with those who want to get into the festive cheer, but also because of the economic impact on the vendors and nearby restaurants and hotels.

A general view of Nuremberg’s Christmas market

It was initially hoped that the market could go ahead with new social distancing measures.

This would have included spreading out the market across four squares in Nuremberg’s Old Town, as well as visitors being required to wear masks.

However, Marcus König said that even with the measures in place, authorities “cannot justify an additional gathering of many thousands of people in the city centre”.

Cookies at the Christmas market in Nuremberg
Cookies at the Christmas market in Nuremberg

Nuremberg isn’t the only hotspot to have cancelled its Christmas market – Berlin, Cologne and Heidelberg have also cancelled markets due to the pandemic.

While Germany is currently exempt from the Foreign Office’s advice against non-essential travel, Brits who are hoping to visit the markets will face new restrictions put in place after Germany deemed the UK a ‘high risk’ area.

This means that Brits who head to Germany will be subject to entry requirements such as taking a Covid-19 test, notifying German authorities of your accommodation, and being required to quarantine for 14 days when you arrive.

You can find out more in the latest FCDO Germany travel advice.


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