Despite an announcement earlier this month that Munich’s famous Münchner Christkindlmarkt would still take place in 2020, the City of Munich has confirmed that this year’s markets can no longer go on as planned.
The news comes fresh off the announcement of a nationwide “Mini Lockdown”, which will be in effect throughout Germany in November, placing strict limitations on public life including the closure of most dine-in gastronomy and entertainment/leisure facilities.
The Münchner Christkindlmarkt, which typically attracts 3 million visitors each year, is the latest confirmed Christmas Market cancellation in Munich, following other major cancellations such as the Munich Airport Christmas Market, Winter Tollwood 2020, the Medieval Christmas Market in Wittelsbacher Platz, and the Chinese Tower Christmas Market.
Munich mayor Dieter Rieter said the following in regards to the cancellation (translated from German into English): “I would have wished that we could at least end this stressful year with the traditional Christmas market. But with a heavy heart, we unfortunately have to cancel the Christmas markets in view of the infection rate. Contact restriction must now be the top priority.”
Munich Christmas Market organizer Clemens Baumgärtner has said (translated from German into English) “I very much regret that the Munich Christmas market has now been canceled due to the current infection situation. The decision is understandable because further spread of the virus must be slowed down. But I also understand the disappointment of the Christmas markets’ participants and guests”.
For a full list of Christmas market cancellations around Germany, click here.