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Kinderfest & Fischertag - Children’s Festival & Fishermen’s Day

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Memminger Christmas market

25.11 - 18.12.2022
Align time for the first Advent, the Christkindlesmarkt – Christmas Market – is opened by torchlight by the Lord Mayor and the Christ Child. Until shortly before Christmas, around 30 stalls offer their Christmas goods, framed by the town hall, guildhall, custom’s house and beautiful town houses.

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Kinderfest - Children's Festival

The children’s festival is a 440-year-old tradition merged with the custom of the school walk in the spring. Originally, the three best schoolboys and the three best schoolgirls were chosen to be kings and queens. These days, all participating children from Memmingen’s primary and middle schools receive presents.

To mark the successful end of the school year, there are joint church services, followed by singing and dancing on the market square. In the afternoon, the children march in a colourful, fanciful procession to the playground on the stadium grounds.

The "Stängele" (little staff) carried in the procession was derived from the earlier decorated rods and the royal insignia of sceptre and crown. This staff is the symbol of Kinderfest.  

Fischertag - Fishermen’s Day

The centre of the event is the Memmingen Stadtbach, a watercourse which has been drained and cleaned every year since the Middle Ages. Following the great Fishermen’s Procession at 7.15 am, a cannon blast at 8 am sparks the enthusiastic fishing. After the Fisher Speech, around a thousand Memmingen Stadtbach fishermen spring into the water with their traditional wood-framed nets, known as “Bären”. The one who catches the heaviest and thereby also the “King Trout” (Königsforelle) will be crowned Fisher King.

The whole weekend is filled with an accompanying programme of events.