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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 for fine Christmas presents in passing. Home-made Advent garlands and straw stars, Christmas tree decorations, wooden toys, carvings, ceramics, candles and much more are on offer.
Monday to Thursday 11.00 a.m. - 8.30 p.m.
Friday 11.00 a.m. - 9.00 p.m.
Saturday 11.00 a.m. - 9.00 p.m.
Sunday 11.00 a.m.-8.30 p.m.
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 limewood 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.
One stand is specially reserved for handicrafts at the Christmas Fair. Here you can experience the creation of your Christmas present“live” and look over the shoulder of the artist-craftsmen and craftswomenat work. Perhaps, in the course of this, you will also be stimulated in one way or the other to become creative yourself. In the second week inAdvent, the Mainz Artists' Advent Fair is also held traditionally in the foyer of the City Hall.
Concerts are given every weekend in Advent on the stage in front of the crib. Trumpets, trombones and choirs singing set the mood for the festive season with Christmas pieces. Under the motto, “Music in Advent”, various choirs and music groups offer a diverse range of music. A summary of the programme is available as from November at all advance ticket offices in Mainz and from the tourist office, Touristik Centrale Mainz, in Brückenturm opposite the City Hall.
If you visit Mainz Christmas Fair, you combine it with a shopping expedition in a festive atmosphere and experience the centre of Mainz in a blaze of light. Also enjoy a stroll through the romantic old city with its historic half-timbered facades bathed in festive light.