Oberursel Christmas Market (Weihnachtsmarkt)

The 2016 Christmas Market (Weihnachtsmarkt) in Oberursel starts on Thursday, 24th November and continues until Sunday, 27th 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.  Additionally this year the new car park behind the Stadthalle in the Hospitalstraße will also have stands on it, including a merry-go-round.

Sweets beings sold at Oberursel Christmas Market 2011The 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.

Concerts

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

Friday 6pm: “Gemischtes Doppel” – Gesangverein Germania e.V.

Saturday 6pm: “Weihnachtssterne” – the Chamber Orchestra of Oberursel’s Grammar School

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

The Youth Band of the “New Life Church Oberursel” will be playing international Christmas songs at the Rathausplatz on Friday and Saturday at 8pm.

Rushmoor’s “Cactus Brass Band” will be playing at various places throughout the weekend, including the Rathausplatz at 7pm on Friday.

Miniature Steam Train at Oberursel Christmas Market (2011)

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

The Seniorentreff in the “Altes Hospital” will be selling knitted socks, scarves, hats and other hand-made items, along with hot food and drink.

Concert in St.Ursula

A concert is being held in the St.Ursula Church at 7.30pm on Saturday.

Christmas Workshop

Klaus Berthold, a woodcraftsman, will be visiting the Weidengasse with the Christmas Workshop, which will be open each day until 8pm, starting at 10am except on Thursday.

Puppet Theatre

I play called “The Ghost” performed using puppets will be taking place at 3.30pm on Sunday in the Ferdinand-Balser-Haus (at the top end of the market square, next to the school).  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 parks next to the town hall and Stadthalle 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.

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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