The Christmas Pyramid in Oberursel

There may not be a Christmas market in Oberursel this year, as is the case in most towns in Germany, but there is one consolation: the Christmas Pyramid.

The pyramid was first created in 1997 and shows a nativity scene. It is situated in the middle of a roundabout and is built around a fountain. The figures were carved by a local artist, and local tradespeople look after them from year to year, before setting up the figures and the lighting in time for the Thursday before Advent, when normally the Christmas Market would open.

British goods at the Christmas Market

Each year a delegation from Oberursel’s twin town, Rushmoor, make their way to the Christmas Market, bringing with the an assortment of mince pies, lemon curd, shortbread, Christmas puddings, crackers, and even whisky to sell at their stall inside the town hall.

Frank Rust and the Rushmoor stand at Oberursel's Christmas Market in 2019

The Nativity Scene at the Roundabout

Each year the fountain in the middle of the roundabout at the end of the Hohemarkstraße in Oberursel, known as the “Homm-Kreisel” but officially also as the “Alte Leipziger Brunnen”, is turned into a nativity scene with lights that are officially turned on just before the Christmas Market opens.

New figures are added each time a sponsor is found, and tradition has it that the donkey is positioned so that it is looking towards Stierstadt where the its sponsor lives.

The nativity scene at the Homm-Kreisel in Oberursel in 2019

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