Christmas markets in Germany


Find out about traditional German Christmas markets

Did you know that Christmas markets come from Germany? For more than 500 years, squares and streets in towns all over Germany have been turned into market places during the festive season. In German Christmas markets, traditional food and handmade items are sold from wooden huts – shaped a bit like miniature log cabins. The markets normally begin when the Advent season starts and are open until the last day of Christmas.

Children and adults enjoy eating Lebkuchen (gingerbread) and Christstollen (a kind of sugary white cake with marzipan and raisins), and drinking Kinderpunch (‘children’s punch’) or Glühwein (mulled wine – for grown-ups). To add to the atmosphere, musicians often play German Christmas carols such as Stille Nacht (Silent Night).

Nowadays, several towns in the UK hold a German Christmas market, so maybe you will be able to enjoy the authentic atmosphere of Christmas in Germany close to your own home!

Did you know ...?

  • Christmas markets usually have their own decorated Christmas tree. The biggest tree can be found in Dortmund. It is an amazing 45 metres high and the chain of lights contains more than 48,000 lightbulbs!
  • Christmas markets mean lots of fun for children. You can have a ride on the merry-go-round, listen to storytellers or meet Santa Claus and all his little helpers!
  • You can find Christmas markets all over Germany - there are more than 1,400 in total.
  • One of the most famous and oldest Christmas markets in Germany is the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg - it has been running since 1628.

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Deutsch English
der Weihnachtsmarkt Christmas market
der Lebkuchen Gingerbread
das Weihnachtslied Christmas carol
Frohe Weihnachten! Merry Christmas!