As of this afternoon, both Kassel and Wiesbaden cancelled out their Christmas markets (both were to open in four weeks). Covid-19 cited as the threat to trigger this.
For some of the stands (candles or Christmas ornaments)....this was their one and only enterprise for the year.....making a sum to clear monthly costs for the next 12 months.
For these food stands...it's probably over 200k Euro on profits lost for each.
The draw card for shoppers to come into the heart of these towns, to spend money? Well, that's another matter. You could be looking at a fair sum of money lost for this season.
Depressing season? Yeah....you get the look and feel of that.