For the first time since World War II, the world-famous Nuremberg Christmas market in Germany has been canceled. As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Europe, the Christkindlesmarkt will not be open this year.
The Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt dates as far back as 1628 and is Germany's oldest holiday market. According to Travel + Leisure, the market attracts two million visitors to Nuremberg annually. It boasts an impressive four week run, as well as a village of wooden stalls and a variety of vendors of offering a wide spread of products.
“This decision is very difficult for us,” Nuremberg Mayor Marcus König said in a statement. “After much deliberation, and in order to protect the population, we have come to the conclusion that the Christmas market will not take place this year.”
Despite rising COVID-19 cases, city officials hoped to open Christkindlesmarkt after such a challenging year. “We cannot justify an additional gathering of many thousands of people in the city center,” König added.
We'll just have to keep our fingers crossed that Christkindlesmarkt will be able to safely open next Christmas.