First a year of complete failure and then a year of early closures: This year, the showmen at the Christmas markets in the north-east are hoping for visitor numbers like before Corona.
Rostock/Greifswald (dpa/mv) - Around two weeks after the start of the large Christmas markets, the showmen in the northeast draw a positive interim balance. "The bottom line is that the colleagues are satisfied," said the chairman of the Showmen's Association of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lothar Welte. During the day, cold weather still keeps people away. "But in the evening hours, the visitors are there again."
Welte, who is himself represented with a bumper car in Rostock at Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania's largest Christmas market, expects visitor numbers to be about the same as in the pre-Corona year 2019. "People are somehow liberated," said Welte, looking at the first season without Corona Limitations. According to the city, the Christmas market in Greifswald is also enjoying great interest. "Our impression is that it is very well attended," said a city spokeswoman.
The corona pandemic led to a complete failure in 2020 and to the demolition of many Christmas markets in the north-east in 2021.