Oberursel Christmas Market (Weihnachtsmarkt)

Sweets beings sold at Oberursel Christmas Market 2011The 2013 Christmas Market (Weihnachtsmarkt) in Oberursel starts on Thursday, 28th November and continues until Sunday, 1st December.

The market is open Thursday 4pm-9pm, Friday 2pm-10pm, Saturday 12pm-10pm and Sunday 12pm-9pm, and takes place in front of the town hall (Rathausplatz), along the “Vorstadt” and “Strackgasse”, and on the market square (“Marktplatz”) with around 100 stands in total.

The Marktplatz is the location for the “middle-ages” market, whereas a miniature steam train will be offering rides on the Rathausplatz.

Arts and Crafts

Inside the town hall an arts and crafts fair will be taking place with around 40 stands, including those from the twin towns of Epinay-sur-Seine, Rushmoor and Lomonossow.  The fair closes an hour before the Christmas market, except on Thursday.

The town hall closes an hour before the rest of the market on Saturday and Sunday.

Miniature Steam Train at Oberursel Christmas Market (2011)Concerts

The “Hospitalkirche” Church in the Strackgasse will be hosting a series of concerts over the weekend, with entry free but a donation requested.

Saturday 6pm: The Cactus Brass Band from Rushmoor

Sunday 3pm: The Cactus Brass Band from Rushmoor with the choirs HPUK from Rushmoor and the Waldorf School

Sunday 6pm: The Brass Band of the TV Stierstadt 1891 e.V.

Sunday 7.30pm: Crotchets – the Klezmerensemble of Oberursel’s music school

On Friday and Saturday and 3pm Angela Behrs will also be reading a selection of Grimms’ fairy tales in the church, and pupils from the Feldbergschule will be selling Christmas decorations outside.

Advent market in the museum

The Vortaunusmuseum at the Marktplatz will be holding an advent market on Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 12pm-6pm, with stalls offering handicraft, home-made cakes and hot drinks.

Seniorentreff

The “Seniorentreff” will be holding their own Christmas market at Hospitalstraße 9, where they will be selling knitted socks, scarves, hats and other hand-made items.  There will also be refreshments available including Kartoffelpuffer and mulled wine.  The opening times are: Friday 2pm-9pm, Saturday 12pm-9pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm.  Part of the profit will be donated to the victims of the typhoon in the Philippines.

For mothers there will be an area set aside for breast-feeding with a nappy-changing table.

Christmas Workshop

A workshop with carpenter and Klaus Berthold can be found with the Weidengasse, who will be explaining the traditional ways of working with wood.

Road closures

The following roads will be closed during the Christmas Market opening times:

  • Obere Vorstadt
  • Obere Strackgasse
  • Untere Marktplatzstraße

The  Untere Hainstraße will be open to two-way traffic.

The Ackergasse will be closed where it meets the Schlenkergasse, allowing traffic to flow via the Schlenkergasse and Weidengasse.

The car park next to the town hall will be closed from Tuesday, 27th November.

The normal market on Wednesday and Saturday will be moved to the Epinayplatz.

About Graham Tappenden

Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Oberursel in 1993 and returned with his family to live there in 2003. He has been writing for AllThingsGerman.net since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.

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