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Geretsried Christmas Market presents the full range

2023-12-10T16:28:58.355Z

Highlights: Geretsried Christmas Market presents the full range. The musical program was more varied than ever before listening to the dynamic brass band. Despite a few rain showers, numerous visitors took the opportunity to stroll and chat over a cup of mulled wine until Sunday evening. Anyone who correctly estimated the weight of a ham dangling in front of the stall could win the gem. Crocheted items for the head and the Christmas tree could be bought at this stand. The crowning glory was the three-hour giving of presents to St Nicholas on Sunday afternoon.



Status: 10.12.2023, 17:12 PM

By: Peter Herrmann

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Stroll through the festively lit Neue Mitte: The Christmas market on Karl-Lederer-Platz attracted numerous visitors. © Hans Lippert

The Christmas market and the light installation in the new centre of Geretsried attracted visitors at the weekend.

Geretsried – Later than planned, Mayor Michael Müller opened the traditional Christmas market on Karl-Lederer-Platz on Friday afternoon. Despite a few rain showers, numerous visitors took the opportunity to stroll and chat over a cup of mulled wine until Sunday evening.

There was a reason for the delay of the head of the city on Friday: the crisis management required the presence of Müller in Gelting. As reported, water from the Loisach-Isar Canal had caused flooding over a large area. Looking at the Advent calendar façade of BGZ2, illuminated by the light artists Alfred and Leopold Fraas, the tension of the head of the town hall was released. "You don't have to go out into the wide world, but you can also experience Advent in all its diversity here," the mayor enthused.

Delicacies from Auvergne

Müller didn't just mean the differently designed calendar doors. He also said this with a view to the Landsmannschaften of the Banat Swabians and the Transylvanian Saxons, the Egerländer Gmoi, the Greek Community and the Geretsried-Chamalières Partnership Association represented at the Christmas market. The latter offered wines and delicacies from Auvergne in France. Anyone who correctly estimated the weight of a ham dangling in front of the stall could win the gem.

Crocheted items for the head and the Christmas tree could be bought at this stand. © Hans Lippert

The newly crowned Isar-Loisach medal winner Edith Peter as well as Jennifer Kübler and Ursula Küpfer already had a lot of fun spoiling the visitors to their stand on a rainy Friday evening. "I used to live in Paris for some time and just wanted to speak French again," explained the 81-year-old Küpfer in conversation with Francophile visitors.

Reading material for the holidays and other gifts

Evangelos Karassakalidis from the Greek community and Peter Wagner from the district group of the Transylvanian Saxons toasted each other with the toast "Jámas". "It's important to us that we show ourselves in the centre," Karassakalidis stressed. The Historical Geretsried Working Group thought similarly, selling its booklets on the history of Geretsried to visitors in packages. The reading material over the Christmas holidays does not run out so quickly. The hats, scarves, soaps and carvings offered on the market are also likely to become popular Christmas gifts under the tree.

Cotton candy always works: This quartet visibly liked the sweet treat. © Hans Lippert

While on Friday it was mainly adults who came to the 40 stalls, on Saturday and Sunday significantly more families strolled through the Neue Mitte. Anita Zwicknagl, head of the cultural office, and the team of the Wuselvilla family club invited children to do handicrafts in the comfortably furnished "Hexenheisl". Other boys and girls preferred a free carriage ride with Josef Seidl's horse-drawn carriage or decorated gingerbread in the small town hall hall. The crowning glory was the three-hour giving of presents to St. Nicholas on Sunday afternoon.

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The musical program was more varied than ever before. The listening pleasure ranged from the dynamic opening performance of the Gartenberg bunker brass band to the loudly singing children's choir of the music school to the brass quartet finale of the Eurasian formation Quattro Musica on Sunday evening.

Positive conclusion of the mayor

"The music and the apple mulled wine were the best parts of the Christmas market," enthused visitor Ulrike Sixt. Others warmed up with hot Aperol, punch or caipi and tried curd cheese or roasted almonds. Michael Müller's conclusion was correspondingly positive. "We wanted to use Karl-Lederer-Platz in its entire breadth: we succeeded excellently," summed up the head of Geretsried's town hall with satisfaction.

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