The Christkindlesmarkt or (Christ child's Market) in medieval Nürnberg
, one of the most famous ones, has survived until the present day mainly as a market for the sale of toys and other presents for the Christmas festival. The market stalls are decorated with branches of fir and lit by lanterns. In about one third of them food specialties of Nürnberg
are offered, such as Rostbratwürste (fried sausages), Lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread), Glühwein (mulled wine) and Früchtebrot (rich fruit loaf). As it has always been, the larger part of the items sold are Christmas decorations, toys, arts and crafts articles, Christmas cribs and candles.
The first official record of this pre-Christmas market dates to 1628. A list of notices for stallholders from 1737 shows that nearly all of Nürnberg's craftsmen were represented at the Nürnberg’s Christmas Market which Back then 140 persons were given the right to sell their wares