Some 100,000 people are expected on the second weekend of Advent at Dresden's Christmas market, known as the Striezelmarkt. A huge stollen about four meters long will be paraded through the historical old town.
In Dresden, 35 bakers and pastry-makers have put together the giant cake-like fruit bread from about 350 individual loaves weighing eight kilograms (17 pounds) each, according to a long-established plan. Tradition dictates that its exact size will first be revealed at the Stollen Festival.
On Saturday, the enormous stollen will travel on a horse-drawn wagon through the old town center, from Schlossplatz, Palace Square, to the Striezelmarkt. There it will be cut into pieces and thousands of individual portions sold to festival-goers. Some of the proceeds will go to charity.
The first giant stollen dates back to 1730. Saxony's Prince Elector Augustus the Strong commissioned royal master baker Johann Zacharias to bake a Christmas stollen weighing 1,800 kilograms for more than 24,000 guests.
The Dresden Christmas stollen is also called striezel, and it's a specialty that's known far beyond the city limits. It gave the Striezelmarkt, Dresden's Christmas market, its name.