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Booth construction

This is how the booths are built:

When the main market is suddenly fenced off in the second or third week of November and all the market stalls are moved towards the Lorenzkirche, we Nurembergers know that the Christkindlesmarkt is about to start! What you don't see later as you stroll through the stall alleys is how much work is actually behind the entire market. Setting up the stalls is probably the most strenuous part.

What's behind every single booth:

140 wooden stalls (the number can vary slightly from year to year depending on the showman) are lined up on the main market right on time for the start of the market. Each of them consists of around 50 individual parts - the wider the stall, the more wooden parts. The largest pieces, the gables, weigh an impressive 145 kg. Apart from the width, which can vary from stall to stall, all the stalls are built in exactly the same way and are all the same height.
However, you usually don't see much of the wooden base frame later on because it is covered by signs, fabrics and other hangings. The cladding of the stalls is left up to the showmen themselves.

Where are the stalls when it's not Christkindlesmarkt?

Who actually sets up the Christkindlesmarkt?

The City of Nuremberg's Servicebetrieb Öffentlicher Raum (SÖR for short) - or carpentry, bricklaying and carpentry - departments. Around 20 workers are involved in the construction of each individual Christkindlesmarkt stall. They are assembled piece by piece in 3 teams. Everything is up and running within a week - with the exception of the Children's Christmas and the market of the twin towns, as these are now set up by external companies.

Fun Fact

The stalls are - normally - taken apart again in time for December 27. However, if it snows too much or other extreme weather conditions prevail, the Christkindlesmarkt will remain closed for the time being! This actually has nothing to do with the work on the stalls themselves, but with the fact that the SÖR companies are also responsible for winter maintenance in Nuremberg - and this is higher on the priority list than dismantling the Christkindlesmarkt.

Repairs & historical parts

During dismantling, the booths are also inspected to check their condition and which parts need to be repaired. These are then not stored with the other components, but kept separately and repaired accordingly throughout the year. The oldest part that is still being set up today is from the first Christmas market after the Second World War - from 1948!

Find out more about the head of the SÖR joinery department

Timo’s highlight at the Christkindlesmarkt?

"When it's all over!" Because as beautiful as the Christkindlesmarkt is, for him it means one thing above all: hard work and a lot of stress. "Installing the roofs is something special, of course, when you can see the whole market from above - if it weren't for the chafed knees from sliding around on the roofing," he laughs.

As a Nuremberg resident, you might not hold it against him if he tends to avoid the market in his private life.

Booth construction

Booth construction

Vegetarian and vegan food at the Christkindlesmarkt

Vegetarian and vegan food at the Christkindlesmarkt