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St. Wendel's markets have earnt the town a reputation that echoes well beyond the Saarland region. Alongside the weekly markets, there are also household markets, flea markets, an Easter market and the ubiquitous Christmas market. Every year the town also hosts a fairy-tale festival, where both centuries-old and modern-day fairy tales are read aloud and performed.
St. Wendel fairy-tale festival
Every year the St. Wendel fairy-tale festival is held on a weekend in January in the Mia Münster House. Classic fairy tales are brought to life with the help of puppet shows, puppet theatres, silk marionette performances and paper theatres. The programme also includes make-your-own workshops and face-painting as well as a "story corner" where younger children are read fairy-tales, while older children and adults can lose themselves in a world of fantasy on what's known as the "long night of the fairy-tales".
Christmas market
Christmas wouldn't be the same without a traditional market, and St Wendel is no exception. During the festive season the town is transformed into a Christmas village with over 90 lovingly decorated wooden huts and an array of other attractions, including a giant Christmas pyramid, a miniature elves village, a toboggan run and a Nativity scene with live animals. There is also a medieval market where jugglers, minstrels and jesters join in the seasonal fun.
Easter market
The Easter market arrives in St. Wendel with the first flowers of spring. The Easter bunny village is an extra-special highlight, with large wooden rabbits that reach heights of up to 2.2m in lovingly created scenes such as a bunny school and bunnies playing cards. For the little ones there is petting zoo with sheep and goats and real Easter bunnies.
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