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Germany's most beloved Christmas market lights up

Friday, November 25, 2016 - 01:02

Nuremberg's Christmas market, one of the most famous in Europe, opens with its traditional fanfare in the main square as crowds gather to enjoy food, music and holiday gifts. Subtitled Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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SUBTITLED ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: Nuremberg's Christmas market, one of the most famous in Europe, officially opened on Friday (November 25) with an extra police presence after U.S. authorities warned citizens it had information indicating that Islamist attacks were being planned in Europe during the Christmas season. Despite the travel warning, crowds were out in droves to experience the event known as the Christkindlesmarkt and to mark the start of the Christmas season. Nuremberg's market opens every year with a traditional ceremony featuring a young woman, dressed as Christkind, reciting a poem from the balcony of the Church of Our Lady on the city's main square. The Christkind is a fairy-like character who usually brings gifts to the children living in many German-speaking regions. It annually attracts thousands of visitors from across Europe and the world, who enjoy the Christmas spirit as vendors sell traditional gifts such as wooden toys, sweets and decorations. "It's electric. It is, it's really good. The people are amazing, they're really nice. Everyone's in a good mood. And so, it just makes it special," a visitor from England, Lindsay Waith, said. Until Christmas Eve, dozens of wooden stalls will allow visitors to enjoy the festive spirit, and feast on traditional German cuisine such as the famous Nuremberg bratwursts (German sausages) and mulled wine, known in German as Gluehwein, and added to the excitement for those coming to soak up the atmosphere. "It is just always nice to go with grandma, or with relatives, there is something to go to together. Choose gifts, and just be a bit together," a German visitor, Alena Huber, said. The first historical mention of the market was in 1628, and by 1737 all of the trades practiced in the Bavarian city were represented at the annual market.

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Germany's most beloved Christmas market lights up

Friday, November 25, 2016 - 01:02