Munich announced that they will be canceling their famous Christmas Market this year.
The market is being canceled due to “a stark rise in hospitalizations due to COVID-19“, according to Lonely Planet.
Munich’s Christkindlmarkt is one of the oldest in Germany, dating back to the 14th century.
The market was set to open in Marienplatz in just a few days (on November 22) and would’ve ran for over a month, ending on January 9, 2022.
People fly to Munich from all over, including from other countries for their Christmas Market. Lonely Planet mentions that “it is famous for its wooden stalls adorned with green-and-white striped cloths filled with traditional gingerbread, grilled sausages, mulled wine and hand-painted trinkets“.
The market was canceled by Munich’s Mayor Dieter Reiter after he met with pandemic officers from Bavarian city hospitals where they warned against holding the market.
So far, announcements haven’t been made whether or not other markets around Germany would be canceled. (There are over 2,000 Christmas Markets held around the country.)
Find out more from Lonely Planet here.