NewsWhat will happen to the Christmas markets this winter?

What will happen to the Christmas markets this winter?

Will there be mulled wine and roasted almonds at Christmas markets this winter? Many organizers are optimistic.

Berlin – Almost three months before the start of the Christmas market season, many organizers are planning more space for visitors and 3G controls. So far, it looks like drinking mulled wine and strolling are possible again.

NÜRNBERG has been planning for the world-famous CHRISTKINDLESMARKT since the beginning of the year. The market will certainly look different in 2021 than “before Corona,” said a city spokesman. A “one-way street system” is being used there. In 2020 the Christkindlesmarkt was canceled due to rising corona numbers.

“How infection events and the corresponding legal regulations will influence market events cannot yet be reliably assessed,” says the head of the economic development department in DRESDEN, Robert Franke. In 2020 the famous STRIEZELMARKT, which is considered one of the oldest Christmas markets in the world and would have had its 586th edition last year, had to be canceled despite the hygiene and visitor concept as well as spatial equalization.

“We are confident and are preparing the CHRISTMAS MARKET ON THE COLOGNE DOM as we have done in recent years,” said a spokeswoman for the market at the cathedral. There they are initially planning random checks of the 3Gs – i.e. proof that visitors have been vaccinated, tested or have recovered from Corona. “That means, according to the current status, there should be no fencing and admission controls.” Masks would have to be worn, however.

The organizers in the Ruhr area cities ESSEN and DORTMUND were also optimistic: “At the moment we are assuming that the market can take place,” said Patrick Arens from the Dortmund showmen. As usual, you are planning with around 300 providers. “The anticipation is of course much, much greater than last year,” said Arens.

In ESSEN, the planning plays the “very spacious inner city with wide shopping streets and large squares” into the cards, reported a spokesman for city marketing. A corona concept had already been drawn up last year: wider stall lanes, mulled wine gardens and a little fewer stands.

The market area of the famous CHRISTKINDLMARKT AM MÜNCHNER MARIENPLATZ is also to be enlarged and thus straightened out, as the city of Munich announced. In addition, there should be delimited dining areas. The final decision as to whether and under what conditions Christmas markets can take place in the Free State rests with the Bavarian state government.

It is already too late to register for the FRANKFURTER CHRISTMAS MARKET, said the managing director of Tourismus + Congress GmbH Frankfurt, Thomas Feda. A precise hygiene concept will be worked out in the next few weeks. “We are very late. Usually we start with the preparations as early as May or June. But we can fall back on our preparatory work from last year. “

The organizers of the STUTTGART CHRISTMAS MARKET are still holding back with their plans. “We are currently in a preliminary planning phase and are in contact with other cities that are organizing a Christmas market, such as Nuremberg, Ulm and Munich,” said Jörg Klopfer from the in.Stuttgart event company. A decision on the form of a Christmas market in Stuttgart is to be made in October at the earliest. dpa

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