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Nuremberg Christkind

In the weeks before Christmas: The most important ambassador of the city

Who isn't looking forward to this moment, when on Friday before the first Sunday in Advent the lights of the Christkindlesmarkt are dimmed and thousands raise their eyes to the balcony of the Church of Our Lady, where the spotlight is on the Nuremberg Christkind as it opens the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt with its prologue. This festive atmosphere would even make a strong man weep. There's a reason that thousands of visitors come to Nuremberg from all over the world to watch the opening of the Christmas Market.

The Nuremberg Christkind naturally plays the lead. But why and what else does the Christkind do during the holiday season?

The Origin of the Christkind

In 1948, the first Christkindlesmarkt after World War II took place in the destroyed Old Town. The young Nuremberg actress Sophie Keeser was chosen to open the market. She occupied this role for 13 years, until 1961. The next Christkind, Irene Brunner, was also an actress in Nuremberg and worked until 1969. For more than 20 years, actresses played the Nuremberg Christkind, which in that time had only two tasks: To open the market and give gifts to needy children. From 1969, everything would change.

And today?

Since then, the Nuremberg Christkind is chosen every two years through a multi-step process with public participation. Since 1969, the Christkind is a young woman from Nuremberg who assumes this well-known and respected voluntary position. At that time, formal criteria were established that are still valid today.

How the Christkind is chosen

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