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Mainz Christmas Market
From: 2013.11.29 To: 2013.12.23
Every year the historic market square in Mainz turns into a beautiful spectacle of lights. The air is scented with a distinctive aroma of Christmas, cocktailed with the essence of roast almonds, gingerbread, hot chestnuts and mulled wine. Large and small visitors gladly let themselves be enchanted by this pre-Christmas atmosphere. On a stroll through the Mainz Christmas Market, the stress and hectic pace of everyday life are quickly forgotten. Against the imposing back-drop of the over thousand year old Cathedral of St. Martin, showmen and craftsmen offer Christmas specialities and original presents. People saunter leisurely past festively decorated stands, collecting many suggestions and ideas for the perfect Christmas present. Home-made Advent garlands and straw stars, Christmas tree decorations, wooden toys, carvings, ceramics, candles and much more are on offer. A particularly vivid representation of the Christmas story is the hand-carved crib which has been standing in front of the Romanesque St. Gotthard's chapel next to the cathedral since 1981. The life-sized figures made of lime wood are unique in Europe and do not just impress children. Also made of wood, but much larger still, is the eleven metre (36') high Christmas pyramid from the Ore Mountains in eastern Germany. Apart from the typical figures, such as an angel and Santa Claus, figures from the history of the city of Mainz are also represented. Thus Gutenberg and the Roman commander Drusus also go round in the circle here. You cannot overlook the pyramid, it stands directly at the centre of Höfchen square.