The 43rd Homburg Nikolausmarkt

25  November - 6 December 2016

Homburg’s Christmas market - the Nikolausmarkt - loved throughout the country for its uniquely nostalgic character and one of the most traditional Christmas markets in the region - takes place this year for the 43rd time.

Every year, stalls - little wooden houses - selling Christmas gifts and handicraft items as well as Christmas decorations and other seasonal goods are set up in the shadows of the mighty St.-Michaels-Kirche (St Michael’s Church) at the foot of the Schlossberg.

Lord Mayor Rüdiger Schneidewind together with Nikolaus will officially open and welcome all guests to this year's Nikolausmarkt at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, November 25.

St. Nikolaus visits with games and candy
What’s special about Homburg’s Nikolausmarkt? It’s not just the daily program of entertainment which is guaranteed to put visitors of any age in a seasonal mood. The really special thing about Homburg are the visits by St Nikolaus on 28. November and 1. and 6. December to entertain children bringing with him presents of candy and Nikolaus chocolate figures.

Visitors will admire the brightly decorated Christmas tree on the historic market square - the Marktplatz - as they enjoy a stroll round the stalls, stopping to chat as they sip a glass of mulled wine (Glühwein), punch or any one of the many snacks and beverages on offer.

Delicious seasonal foods are also available. There’s an old-fashioned carousel to ride on and this year a new Christmas crib with nativity scene under the Christmas tree.

Daily from 4 p.m. there will be an attractive entertainment program on the stage in front of the old town hall. Traditional and modern music from choirs and orchestras as well as folk, pop and rock groups.

On Sunday November 27 all the shops in the city center will be open for Sunday Shopping with free parking in city center park house from 12 to 7 p.m.

Tuesday 6 December - and Grand Finale

Tuesday December 6 is a particularly fun day. When St Nikolaus, accompanied by his servant Ruprecht (Knecht Ruprecht) arrives at the Market Place 16.00 hrs to be greeted by an impatiently waiting crowd of happy children.

At the Grand Finale, thousands of sparklers are given out to visitors, Christmas carols are sung, and everyone says goodbye to St Nikolaus until next year.

It’s not unusual to see an occasional tear roll down an adult cheek. Who knows whether these tears are caused by happy memories of one’s own childhood or by the pleasure of seeing the excitement in the eyes of the children and grandchildren?

Program & Entertainment - Nikolausmarkt 2016

Friday, 25. 11.
17:00 Johanneum Schoolchoir.
17:30 Opening Ceremony with Nikolaus and the Lord Mayor Rüdiger Schneidewind.
19:00 – 22:00 Start of the Stageprogram with ROCKX'N - ballads and rock.

Saturday, 26. 11.
16:30 – 18:00 NAVITUS - 15 Ladies present a Gospel & Drum show.
19:00 – 22:00 Celebrate Music 4U - colorful mixture from 30 years of pop music history

Sunday. 27. 11. Sunday Shopping in Homburg from 13:00 to 18:00
14:00 - 18:00 Wood carver Sigurd Bratzel demonstrates Wood Speed Carving at its best.
15:00 - 17:00 Blasorchester Jägersburg -  Children's Program - "Hits with Kids"
18:00 – 21:00 STOOD IN – Music Duo par excellence.

Monday, 28. 11.
16:00 – 18:00 Lindensänger Limbach - Childrens Choir
From 17:30 Children's choir with Nikolaus
18:30 – 21:00 EFE Sings For You - Gospels & Sprituals

Tuesday, 29. 11.
16:00 – 17:30 BLASMUSIK des CJD (Brass band music)
18:00 – 21:00 TAKE 3 - Romantic songs and more. . .

Wednesday, 30. 11.
16:30 – 17:30 SAXO FOUR – Saxophone quartett – magical melodies
18:00 – 21:00 DUO DUELL` - Multi instrumentalists - Oldies & Evergreens

Thursday, 01. 12.
16:00 – 17:00  A visit by NIKOLAUS - accompanied by the Children Choirs RUSTY TEENSPOONS and SINGSTROLCHE
18:00 – 21:00 GOOD TIMES –  Oldies, Goldies, Memories

Friday, 02. 12.
16:30 – 18:00 TAKTSTRICH - Kirrberger Choir
19:00 – 22:00 MEP LIVE – TRIO Fantastico - Greatest hits unplugged

Saturday, 03. 12.
16:00 - 17:30 Homburger Choir SING `N SWING – Gospels and Spirituals
19:00 – 22:00 TIMELESS MEN - Timeless music, Guitars, Voices & more . . .

Sunday, 04. 12.
14:30 – 16:00 ENE MENE MIX – Childrens Sing-A-Long Musical
16:30 - 17:30 ADVENTS CONCERT at the Church of St. Michael
18:00 - 21:00 PFARRKAPELLE KIRRBERG - The best of brass music.

Monday, 05. 12.
16:00 - 17:30 THE MIXED CHOIR EINÖD - Gospels and World music
18:00 - 21:00 TONY DANCE & THE NEGATIVE NANCIES - A band full of surprises

Tuesday 06. 12. GRAND FINALE
16:00 - 17:30 Youth Orchetra KIRRBERG
18:00 NIKOLAUS accompanied by the Langenäcker School Choir
18:30 - 21:00 ACOUSTIC LIFE - Acoustic trio - Pop & Rock hits