Oberursel Christmas Market (Weihnachtsmarkt)

Sweets beings sold at Oberursel Christmas Market 2011The 2014 Christmas Market (Weihnachtsmarkt) in Oberursel starts on Thursday, 27th November and continues until Sunday, 30th November.

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 over 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 free entry.

Thursday 6pm: Novo Selje – a vocal group from Lomonossow

Friday 6pm: VOICE:TEN

Saturday 6pm: Crotchets – the Klezmerensemble of Oberursel’s music school

Sunday 6pm: The Youth Orchestras of the Turnverein Stierstadt and the Grundschule Stierstadt

Advent market in the museum

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

Seniorentreff

As the Seniorentreff is currently closed, their stands selling knitted socks, scarves, hats and other hand-made items will be in the Georg-Hieronymi-Saal in the town hall on Friday 2pm-9pm, Saturday 12pm-9pm and Sunday 12pm-8pm.

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.

Japanese Choir

The Higashi-Yamato Bürger Ensemble, a choir from Higashiyamato in Japan, will be giving a concert at 6pm on Thursday with the choir from the Grundschule am Urselbach, and on Saturday at 6pm they will be giving a joint concert with the female section of the Gesangsverein Germania 1873 and the Tontauben in the St.Ursula Church.  Entry is free.

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, but the underground car parks in the town will all be staying open until 1am.

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

Public transport

The bus routes 41 and 42 will be operating a 30-minute service on Saturday and Sunday between 12pm and 8pm.

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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