Status: 10.12.2023, 16:00 PM
By: Andreas Sachse
This train runs – and on time at the Unterföhring Christmas market. © Dieter Michaelek
For the 38th time, Unterföhringen associations have come together for the Christmas market on the Bürgerplatz. All the little ones want to ride the children's railway.
Unterföhring – For the 38th time, Unterföhring's associations have come together for the Christmas market on the Bürgerplatz. St. Nicholas seemed a little lost at first. Franz Schweikl, who has been posing with a beard and costume at the Christmas market for years, leans on his crosier. As St. Nicholas, he loves to be surrounded by children. At the moment, however, boys and girls tend to crowd around the children's parade organized by the municipality, eagerly waiting for a place to become available.
As in the previous year, the children's train running in a circle is the attraction of the Christmas market. Right next to it, the model railroaders have set up shop. Here you can buy train tickets, a cookie in the shape of a locomotive. For parents, Manfred Feix has the throat cleaner of the brand "Heissdampf", which is highly appreciated by fans, ready in a practical trial format. The Bürgerplatz is crowded with Feringa Löwen, AWO, Trachtler, the churches, the Fezi, the Unterföhringer Wichteljugend and many others. The proceeds from handicrafts Christmas presents, mulled wine and lard baked goods are donated to social causes.
A reunion with friends is enjoyed by the Unterföhringen veteran Kurt Losert (left in the picture). © Dieter Michalek
Fundraiser for children in refugee camps
Diagonally opposite the children's railway, Zuheir Darwish throws a flatbread on the fire bowl. "Guaranteed home-baked, not imported from China," exclaims wife Susanne Greiner. Together, the two founded "Tree of Hope" after the Kurdish artist had to flee his home country Syria. Since then, they have been supporting children in refugee camps in northern Iraq.
It's getting late. The Christmas market is buzzing, and in the middle of it all, St. Nicholas is leaning on his crosier. Franz Schweikl is in good spirits. Just a moment ago, a boy actually wanted to pull on his beard. That's good for St. Nicholas.
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