Striezelmarkt Opening

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Oecumenic service in Kreuzkirche

The official opening of Advent/Christmas season in Dresden is the opening of Striezelmarkt, the largest Christmas market in Dresden and Germany's oldest, not to mention one of the most beautiful Christmas markets anywhere! The opening takes place every year on Wednesday before 1st Advent, which is end of November.

At 3 pm an oecumenic service in the neighbouring Kreuzkirche is held, musically supported by the renowned boys choirs of Dresden, the evangelic-Lutheran Kreuzchor and the catholic Kapellknaben. I usually show up a half hour early, otherwise all the good seats are taken. While about 10 years ago only the nave of the church was full, it is now hard to get a seat even on the 2nd balcony if you show up five minutes to three.

Oecumenic service in Kreuzkirche


After the service a procession with the Mayor, other honorables of the city, brass band and boys from the choir plus the attendees of the service, led by an angel (a female singer) and a miner (a guy in traditional garb), march out of the church to the stage in the middle of the Christmas market. The Bakers guild then brings an oversized Striezel (Christstollen) which is cut in small pieces and given for free to the visitors. After introducing some more traditional figures like the "Pflaumentoffel" (a figure made of dried plums) and more singing the Mayor finally declares the Striezelmarkt open: Lights on at the big tree, the tall pyramid starts turning and the lights on the oversized candle arch are lit. Bingo. Everyone runs for the first cup of Glühwein. LOL

Two other Christmas markets open the same day: The historic one at Neumarkt square named "Anno 1900" and the medieval market in Stallhof, the Renaissance courtyard of the Royal Palace. I usually do a walk over all three markets, sip a Glühwein here and grab a piece of Stollen or gingerbread there ...

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Oecumenic service in Kreuzkirche
Oecumenic service in Kreuzkirche
Oecumenic service in Kreuzkirche
Oecumenic service in Kreuzkirche
Oecumenic service in Kreuzkirche
Oecumenic service in Kreuzkirche
Oecumenic service in Kreuzkirche, …
Oecumenic service in Kreuzkirche,…
marching out of the church, musici…
marching out of the church, music…
marching out of the church, musici…
marching out of the church, music…
on stage at Striezelmarkt
on stage at Striezelmarkt
on stage at Striezelmarkt
on stage at Striezelmarkt
figures related to Striezelmarkt t…
figures related to Striezelmarkt …
bakers carrying the giant Stollen …
bakers carrying the giant Stollen…
lights on at pyramid and tree
lights on at pyramid and tree
lights on at the candle arch
lights on at the candle arch
Striezelmarkt
Striezelmarkt
my favourite stall for Bratwurst (…
my favourite stall for Bratwurst …
the first Glühwein!
the first Glühwein!
at Striezelmarkt
at Striezelmarkt
at Striezelmarkt
at Striezelmarkt
another Christmas market: medieval…
another Christmas market: medieva…
medieval market in Stallhof
medieval market in Stallhof
another Christmas market: Advent a…
another Christmas market: Advent …
Advent at Neumarkt
Advent at Neumarkt
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