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Nativity scene trail, Advent calendar, stage program and culinary delights - visitors enjoy the special atmosphere
Small but nice. With this leitmotif, the city of Montabaur enters the Christmas season. Glittering lights and the scent of mulled wine, gingerbread and roasted almonds fill the streets and alleys from the end of November. The facade of the historic town hall is once again transformed into a large Advent calendar, and the stage is also set up again. A highlight is already for the 3rd time the Krippenweg at the Biebrichsbach.
City Mayor Gabi Wieland is looking forward to many big and small guests: "Let's enjoy the Christmas magic in Montabaur together!" True to its tradition, the cobbler town "sticks to its last" and does not try to compete with the big Christmas markets in Mainz, Trier or even Koblenz. It scores with its own advantages. "Our audience is not so much the traveled guests, but rather the people of the Westerwald," Gabi Wieland knows. "They appreciate the cozy atmosphere and come here to enjoy food, drinks and live music together with family, friends and acquaintances."
Christmas get-together instead of Christmas market: this concept works. There is no need for sales booths, which have a hard time making sales in times of plenty. Instead, there is high-quality food and drink at the booths and in the surrounding restaurants, and an appealing program on the stage in front of the town hall. Every day in December, school and daycare groups perform when their self-designed little door - pardon: window - in the Advent calendar opens at 5 p.m. each day (Christmas Eve: 1 p.m.). Live music is offered from Thursday to Saturday. Thousands of lights provide the festive ambience. A welcome is the shining crown on the traffic circle at the beginning of Bahnhofstraße, which continues in the city center with illuminated trees and 3-D stars placed above the streets. The eye-catcher, however, is the approximately 10-meter-high and magnificently illuminated Christmas tree at the Grosser Markt, which is donated by citizens every year.
Already for the 3rd time, the beautifully designed Nativity Trail along the Biebrichsbach from Horressen to Montabaur is a highlight of the Montabaur Christmas Magic. With a length of 8km and a total of over 200 illuminated nativity scenes, the Nativity Trail is considered one of the most beautiful and longest in all of Germany. All families, nativity scene and nature lovers are invited to enjoy the nativity scene displays, which are lovingly inserted into the surroundings by the nativity scene team from Horressen, supported by the building yard.
The Westerwald Christmas magic unfolds in a very special way at the festive kick-off on the Great Market on Friday, November 25, at 5 pm. In front of the historic town hall, the mayor welcomes all guests and actors. And then all of Montabaur will light up towards Christmas...
Embedded in the Christmas magic are the traditional Krammarkt on November 26, the open Sunday (downtown, Kesselwiese, Outlet) on November 27 from 13.00 - 18.00, as well as the children's theater in the historic town hall on December 3.
You can find the complete programme here.