A Christmas market, also known as Christkindlmarkt, Marché de Noël, Christkindlesmarkt, Christkindlmarket, and Weihnachtsmarkt, is a street market associated with the celebration of Christmas during the four weeks of Advent.
The Christkind is the traditional Christmas gift-bringer in Austria, Switzerland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Portugal, Slovakia, Hungary, parts of northeastern France, Upper Silesia in Poland, parts of Hispanic America, in certain areas of southern Brazil and in the Acadiana region of Louisiana.
Christmas or Christmas Day is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed most commonly on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.
Advent is a season observed in many Western Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas.
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These markets originated in Germany, but are now being held in many other countries.
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The history of Christmas markets goes back to the Late Middle Ages in the German-speaking part of Europe and in many parts of the former Holy Roman Empire that includes many eastern regions of France and Switzerland.
The Holy Roman Empire was a multi-ethnic complex of territories in central Europe that developed during the Early Middle Ages and continued until its dissolution in 1806.
France, officially the French Republic, is a transcontinental country comprising territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories.
The Late Middle Ages or late medieval period was the period of European history generally comprising the 14th and 15th centuries.
Dresden's Strietzelmarkt was first held in 1434.
Dresden is the capital city and after Leipzig the second-largest city of the Free State of Saxony in Germany.
The Striezelmarkt in Dresden is one of Germany's oldest documented Christmas markets.
The Christmas markets of Bautzen, Frankfurt and Munich Augsburg were even older.
Frankfurt am Main is the largest city in the German state of Hesse and the fifth-largest city in Germany, with a 2015 population of 731,095 within its administrative boundaries.
Munich is the capital and largest city of the German state of Bavaria, on the banks of River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps.
Bautzen is a hill-top town in eastern Saxony, Germany, and administrative centre of the eponymous district.
The Vienna "December market" was a kind of forerunner of the Christmas market and dates back to 1294.
In many towns in Germany and Austria, Advent is usually ushered in with the opening of the Christmas market or "Weihnachtsmarkt".
Generally held in the town square and adjacent pedestrian zones, the market sells food, drink, and seasonal items from open-air stalls, accompanied by traditional singing and dancing.
On opening nights onlookers welcome the "Christkind", acted out by a local child, especially at the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg.
Nuremberg is a city on the river Pegnitz and the Rhine–Main–Danube Canal in the German state of Bavaria, in the administrative region of Middle Franconia, about 170 kilometres north of Munich.