The Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg is one of the largest Christmas markets in Germany
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Because of the corona pandemic, the world-famous Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg has to be canceled this year.
The reason for this is the increasing number of infections with the coronavirus.
Lord Mayor Marcus König (CSU) said: "This decision is very difficult for us. The Christkindlesmarkt with its great tradition is part of Nuremberg."
The city originally planned to have the event take place more decentrally and with a strict hygiene concept.
But in view of the increasing numbers, the city now considers this to be a wrong signal, said König.
The number of new corona infections is also moving in Nuremberg towards the threshold of more than 100 infections within seven days.
According to the Bavarian Ministry of Health, this is currently 76.01.
"It can be assumed that the threshold will rise above 100 in the near future and the Ministry's corona traffic light will turn dark red," said König.
Together with the Dresden Striezelmarkt, the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt is one of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany.
It takes place annually in Advent in the old town of Nuremberg.
The Christ Child opens the Christmas market with the prologue, which is usually heard by thousands of visitors on the main market.
It was said that what role the Nuremberg Christ Child could play this year is still being considered.
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