Christmas In The Old Royal Town
Can a Christmas Market become a landmark? The Museums of Eastern Funen and the Nyborg Chamber of Commerce asked themselves this question after they had held a mini-Christmas market in December, 2008. They knew they had a good thing, but couldn't it get a little bigger and a little better? The answer was right around the corner. With the town's new slogan - In the Midst of Good Times - in mind, it was natural to invite the municipality to get involved and to grow the Christmas market bigger.
Right from the drawing board to real life: in December, 2009 the Christmas Market took over the whole town! Nyborg Tourist Bureau, Nyborg Library and the Church of Our Lady got involved. There wasn't much time to make it all happen, and the first meeting was held with a bit of pressure to make all the ideas bear fruit and all the expectations to be met. The Christmas Market was only two months away, and it had to be much bigger than before. Familiarisation, responsibility, willingness to cooperate and the prospect of huge amounts of spruce boughs and Christmas goodies did the trick, and soon the first big Christmas Market had its name: Christmas in the Old Royal Town. Now in 2012 we must proudly admit that the Christmas Market is a tradition that has come to stay. Aside from being one of the big attractions on Funen, the Christmas Market takes its cues from the town's unique history and tells the story about the Kings' Nyborg.
Christian III's Christmas
The smell of wood fires, spruce boughs, roasted meat and baked goods were unmistakable signs that preparations for Christmas as usual were fully underway in the royal town, the kingdom's capital, Nyborg. He was actually there, the king. Christian III often held Christmas in Nyborg, his residence town. This isn't just a fairy tale. We have plenty of those, too, but Christian III's Christmas is part of the reason for holding the Christmas Market on the 2nd weekend in December, in the historic setting of Nyborg. The hundreds of Christmas lights cast a glow over the medieval town centre, the stalls, the shops and the old Mayor's House, while the apple donut holes are being turned in their special pans and the good Christmas ale is being tasted.
The town is buzzing with activity, as if we again were getting ready for the king's Christmas feast. The Christmas bustle has spread to the countryside, where the many ingredients for the King's Food Cupboard are being prepared for a trip to market from the whole of the royal fief. All the local growers, brewers, bakers and many more, Purveyors to the Danehof, are getting ready. The king's castle is lit up with big images, a Christmas Light Show (3D-projection).
For more information, see julemarked.nyborg.dk