Nuremberg, Germany (dpa) – With trumpet fanfares, choral singing and a recitation of the prologue of the Christ Child, the world-famous Nuremberg Christmas Market, the Christkindlesmarkt, began on Friday.
Thousands of visitors listened under a starry evening sky to the words of the Christ Child spoken from the gallery of the Church of Our Lady, Frauenkirche.
Wearing the traditional white robe with golden wings and magnificent curly hair, this year’s Christ Child, 17-year-old Benigna Munsi, recited the many-versed Christmas poem for the first time this year.
Together with Dresden’s Striezelmarkt, the Nuremberg Christmas Market is one of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany.
The Christkindlesmarkt, mentioned for the first time in 1628, is expected to attract more than 2 million visitors from all over the world up until Christmas Eve.