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Sankt Wendel offers Christmas atmosphere, medieval market

Sankt Wendel, a little romantic town in the federal state of Saarland, will hold its Christmas market from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday 7 to Sunday 15 December more than 140 decorated Christmas booths will offer arts and crafts, gift ideas and regional culinary specialties.

A novelty is the medieval market featuring vendors in historical costumes. Craftsmen such as basket makers, lantern makers, blacksmiths, potters, turners and soap makers will demonstrate their work and let people take part. Jugglers, dancers, singers, musicians and a magician will entertain the audience in the streets. A medieval camp will be set up to demonstrate how people lived in the Middle Ages.

Every afternoon at 4 p.m., the Three Holy Kings from the Orient and their camels will go through the center of town. Back at their camp they present the Christmas story in colorful scenes.

Each day there will be a show with fire, lights, music and dancing. Children can meet Santa Claus and his reindeer at 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. daily. During the meeting, children can have a seat on Santa`s lap and tell him their Christmas wishes.

A 40-foot-tall Christmas pyramid, life size nutcrackers, a miniature village with 200 dwarfs and a big Nativity scene will lure visitors as well. A toboggan run with snow from the Alps will provide some winter fun. A nostalgic merry-go-round, a colorful magic tree and live animals will provide some more excitement for children.

Local night watchman Ortwin, with his horn and lantern, will patrol the market at 7 p.m. before the brass players perform from the basilica tower at 7:30 p.m. to let visitors know the market is about to close.

Picture gallery "Christmas market"

You will find further pictures of the Christmas market in our Galerie.





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