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Dear visitors of the "Romantic Christmas Market at Merode Castle"!


We are very pleased to inform you that the "Romantic Christmas Market at Merode Castle" will take place according to the current state of affairs. 


In close coordination with the public health department and the different authorities, we have developed a special hygiene concept.

As ist is a closed area, the general regulations apply on the Christmas market, which you already know from visits to restaurants and beer gardens. The online registrations of the visitors allow us to follow up in the event of an emergency. The concept also includes a one-way street system through the Christmas market, distance markings, enough space between the stalls, several disinfection options on the market, cleaning of dishes in industrial machines at high washing temperatures, etc. Our security staff and our hygiene officers regularly check compliance. All measures were taken to ensure that the market does not lose its romantic atmosphere and that the stay remains pleasant and safe.


We are already looking forward to welcoming you all again at the Christmas market! Until then, we’ll keep you up to date here.


Stay safe!

Your Christmas Market-Team


Romantic Christmas Market at Merode Castle 2020



Due to the conditions imposed, only a limited number of persons may enter the market at the same time, so guaranteed admission is only granted with an online ticket. Tickets can be purchased through the online shop on the homepage.


Also this year, free tickets will be provided for the inhabitants of the community of Langerwehe and the holder of a "Meroder Pass". These contingents are also only available online and of course only while stocks last.



Christkind and Lucia wanted for Merode Castle - Apply now!

The application period for the "Meroder Christkind 2020" / "Meroder Lucia 2020" within the "Romantic Christmas Market at Merode Castle" runs until October 31st 2020!


For our Christmas market we are looking for girls between 16 and 24 years, with fluency in speech, confident appearance and who have fun performing in front of an audience!


The appearance of the Christ Child at the "Romantic Christmas Market at Merode Castle" has always been a great success in the past years. Not only children looked up to the battlements of the castle every evening with big eyes, from where the festively dressed Christ Child put the visitors in the right mood for Christmas with contemplative Advent poems. Also this year there will be a Christ Child in Merode, which continues the tradition brought to the Rhineland by Princess Marie-Christine from her Bavarian homeland. The appearance of the Christ Child will - as in the past years - be portrayed by an expressive and linguistically confident girl aged 16 and over.

From November 25th to December 20th, the Christ Child will perform three times a day, and these performances will be paid accordingly. 


Lucia as the bearer of light proclaims the message: Be light for others! December 13th is the feast day of St. Lucia, which is celebrated in Sweden with parades. In these processions, Lucia with her shining crown in a white robe leads the way. Lucia reads a text with a historical background and then walks across the market with a crown of lights, symbolically bringing light and peace. 
Her performances are on Saturday, December 12th, and Sunday, December 13th, both at 5 p.m. 


All applicants please contact the administration of Schloss Merode, Kreuzherrenstraße 1, 52379 Langerwehe, Germany, or by e-mail at info@weihnachtsmarkt-merode.de. The jury will select the "Meroder Christkind 2020" / "Meroder Lucia 2020" in early November.

Further information under "Christkind and Lucia wanted".