Christmas markets in Germany

Germany is well known for its Christmas Markets where all sorts of Christmas foods and decorations are sold: Sizzling sausages, Glühwein (mulled wine) and gingerbread. In Germany, preparations for Christmas begin before December falls. Here you will find an overview of beautiful and very popular Christmas markets in Germany.


Aachen Christmas Market

Every year before Christmas the squares and streets round the Cathedral and the Aachen Town Hall are transformed into a paradise of lights and colours, festive sounds and seductive smells. The glorious fair in the Christmas City, which has been erected with great care and sentiment, fascinates both the young and the old. The enormous choice between original, stylish and precious goods makes small and big dreams come true. It is really no wonder why the Aachen Christmas Market has become an absolute "must" for all people of Aachen and Aachen fans as well. The Aachen Market has become famous far beyond the boundaries of the Aachen region. This is due to its pleasant and familiar atmosphere. People come to the Christmas Market in order to meet their families, friends, acquaintances and colleagues.

Christmas Market in Annaberg-Buchholz

Annaberg-Buchholz Christmas Market

Crowned by the famous St. Anne's Church, the Annaberg Christmas Market beckons to visitors from the heart of the historic district. This hallmark of the Ore Mountains is visited by countless guests each year. An oversized market Christmas pyramid, enormous Christmas tree, elf services for children, miner events, traditional events, handcraft presentations, and regional treats reminiscent of food straight from Grandma's oven all lend special flair to the event.

Weihnachtsmarkt in Augsburg

The Augsburg Christmas Market

The Christmas market in Augsburg is one of Germany’s oldest, having originated as early as the 15th century. Since 1949 it has been known officially as the “Christkindlesmarkt,” and still today it delights visitors with its original appeal and charm.  Discover a diverse range of attractions.

Weihnachten in Berlin

Christmas Markets in Berlin

Berlin has more than 50 traditional Christmas markets, which have cultural events, unlimited shopping variety and unusual winter-highlights. There you can enjoy the winter magic with atmospheric advent concerts. These markets provide a perfect backdrop for a nostalgic christmas magic.

Weihnachtsmarkt in Dortmund

Dortmund Christmas Market

Dortmund can claim one of the biggest Christmas markets in Germany, with over 300 stalls packed around a gigantic Christmas tree creation that stands 45 metres tall - reputed to be the biggest in the world. every day there is a colorful show programme by the Alter Markt Theatre Company and a puppet or magic show for the children.

Dresden Christmas Market

The Traditional Christmas Market at the Frauenkirche boasts a picturesque backdrop. In the heart of Dresden’s historic old town, a romantic Christmas scene reveals itself amidst the festive lights on Münzgasse. Located between the city’s world famous Frauenkirche and Brühl’s Terrace, the laneway is home to some 45 merchants selling traditional handicrafts and culinary specialities.

Weihnachtsmarkt in Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf Christmas Market

One of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany casts a spell on Düsseldorf's city centre and turns it into a unique experience for visitors. The Christmas magic is staged at seven locations simultaneously. In over 20 years this market has developed itself as the favourite meeting point for friends and family. It is also a culinary treat to be here.

Weihnachtsmarkt in Erfurt

Erfurt Christmas Market

The St. Mary's Cathedral and the Church of St. Severus makes the perfect backdrop to the city's Christmas market. Every year a wide range of festive attractions at the market attracts two million visitors of all ages. Christmas wares of every description are available from more than 200 wooden huts on and around the Domplatz, Fischmarkt and Willy-Brandt squares and along ANger and Schlösserbrücke.

Weihnachtsmarkt in Frankfurt

Frankfurt Christmas Market

In terms of visitor numbers and size, the Frankfurt Christmas Market is one of the largest Christmas markets in all of Germany. The Elaborate and creative stand decorations, the scenic surroundings on the Römerberg and St Paul's square and the huge Christmas tree combine to also make it one of Germany's most beautiful.

Hamburg Christmas Market

Discover history, tradition and a Hanseatic heritage at one of Hamburg's many Christmas markets. the Hamburg Town Hall Christmas Market is filled with hand-crafted Christmas decorations from the Erzgebirge region and looked after by woodcarvers from Tyrol, bakers from Aachen (producing their famous "printen" cookies on the scene) or gingerbread makers from Nuremberg and the pottery is made by artists from the Lausitz region.

Heidelberg Christmas Market

For over 30 years, the Christmas market has become an integral part of Heidelberg. With its 140 or so highly individual stalls spread over six different locations, Heidelberg's Christmas Market has become an absolute 'must' among connoisseurs of Yelutide festivities. The atmosphere is quite unique - the charming 'olde worlde' wooden huts blend enchantingly into the background of historic squares in the Old City, while illuminations add a magical atmosphere to Europe's longest pedestrian shopping street, the Hauptstrasse.

Cologne Christmas Markets

Every year, the city centre of Cologne is touched by the magic of the festivities in the run-up to Christmas. When the markets in Cologne open their gates, millions of visitors from around the world delight at the goods on sale at the quaintly designed huts. Christmas music, arts and crafts, toys, Christmas decorations and the scent of the Christmas bakeries create a wonderful atmosphere.

Weihnachtsmarkt in Leipzig

Leipzig Christmas Market

Leipzig Christmas market dates all the way back to 1458. Its six areas are set in chime with the fascinating historical scenery of the Leipzig city centre. With more than 250 twinkling stalls embedded harmoniously in the historic centre, Leipzig Christmas market is not only one of the oldest but also one of the largest Christmas markets in Germany. Visitors are offered a multitude of festive delights: indulge in numerous culinary delights or explore the city’s traditional medieval market.

Weihnachtsmarkt in Lübeck

Lübeck Christmas Market

The aroma of roasted chestnuts, mulled wine, herbal sweets and delicious sausages wafts through the clear winter air, while the stalls on Market and Breite Straße offer Christmas tree decoration, toys and countless ideas for wonderful gifts. This festive pleasure is staged in Lübeck's wonderful UNESCO World Heritage Site, providing a uniquely beautiful backdrop to the hustle and bustle of Christmas in the Hanseatic city.

Weihnachtsmarkt in München

Munich Christmas Market

Around the Marienplatz the traditional Munich Christmas market takes place, whose roots date back to the 14th century. Its 'Kripperlmarkt' is the largest of its kind in Germany. Everyday Christmas music from the alpine region sounds live from the Rathaus balcony. This market is a favourite among people and is alsways very well received.

Nuremberg Christmas Market

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The enticing smells of mulled wine and rum punch, roasted almonds, Nuremberg bratwurst and gingerbread fill the air. And it’s not only tiny tots who will have their eyes all a-glow as the Nuremberg Christkind appears on the balcony of the Church of Our Lady to open the holiday season. Friday before the first Sunday in Advent is the day it all begins as she opens the world-famous Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt.

Weihnachtsmarkt in Stuttgart

Stuttgart Christms Market

Glistening Christmas stalls with lovingly decorated roofs, sprakling lights and an atmospheric programme of events - the Stuttgart Christmas Market is the perfect place to while away some time. Set in the middle of the city centre, the long-established and magnificient array of stalls stretches from 'Neuen Schloss' and 'Königsbau' to the 'Karlsplatz' and 'Schillerplatz' squares with the 'Alten Schloss'.

Christmas markets in Germany