The Christmas Market in Hamburg lets you enjoy historic charm around the old town area, but you will also be treated to one of the most creative Christmas markets in the whole country! Designed by the ringmaster of the famous Roncalli circus you can be sure to expect something extra special! Let me take you on a little journey to Hamburg’s seasonal highlights and secret spots. I’m sure there a couple more things you didn’t know, yet! ;)
The Christmas Market in Hamburg
The historic market| The biggest fair of the North| White magic by the Jungfernstieg
The historic market
- Dates: 26.11.18 – 23.12.18
Sunday-Thursday – 11.00-21.00
Friday-Saturday – 11.00-22.00
- Open 7 days a week
The historic Christmas market on Hamburg’s Rathausmarkt is nothing but out of the ordinary! Situated in the biggest market square of the whole city is right at the historic town hall’s feet. Now, you could think that it’s just one of those traditional markets that impress with the old school style but you’re completely mistaken. Just a good 15 years ago the whole concept of the market was restructured and that was done by no one less than the ringmaster of the famous Roncalli circus.
Besides the usual attractions of the handmade arts and crafts and the delicious German Christmas treats you can find a whole toy street with a miniature toy train that makes its rounds right above your head! Speaking of which! It is not the only thing going on in the air above the market! Three times a day, the flying Father Christmas will soar above the market square to tell the Christmas tale.
Another extraordinary highlight is the weekly Christmas parade taking place every Sunday evening. Fancy little elves, reindeers, and angels will be making their way through the whole city. Expect lovely festive floats, great atmosphere, and music! The Käthe-Wohlfahrt -Weihnachtswelt is a definite must-see when it comes to getting the greatest gifts. This family-run business has been selling the finest Christmas decorations and ornaments for decades and probably hosts the largest collections of Christmas decorations around the world!
Whatever experiences you had of just ‘another’ historic market, I am sure Hamburg just did the trick to get you back in the mood! :)
The biggest fair of the North
- Dates: 19.11.18 – 23.12.18
Monday – Wednesday : 16.00-23.00
Thursday : 16.00-24.00
Friday & Saturday : 13.00-01.00
Sunday : 13.00-23.00
- Open 7 days a week
Famous, infamous Hamburg St. Pauli! If you have ever been to the Hamburger ‘kiez’ around the Reeperbahn you know this is where the fun is happening. Almost too frivolous to be festive, embrace yourselves for some really good times! Open to adults over 18, market Santa Pauli attracts millions of visitors every year! Multiple shows with live music and several rides make up the frame of the event.
The Frisenhus with 900 seats available, is one of the best spots to sit down and enjoy some of Hamburg’s unique punch. Besides mulled wine, go ahead and taste the ‘hot nutcracker’ while you warm up for another round over the dome square! Every Wednesday, the market will calm down a little bit to welcome kids and families. Enjoy many discounts, especially for some of the many carousels like the Hexentanz and the Parkour.
A true highlight of Santa Pauli is a weekly display of extraordinary fireworks! Every Friday night at 10.30pm you can enjoy the sky light up over the 250 festive stalls! If you are up for some extra fun check out the Winterdeck, you’ll see what it’s about! ;)
White magic by the Jungfernstieg
- Dates: 26.11.18 – 30.12.18
(closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day)
- Open 7 days a week
Last but not least, it is a must-see destination in one of Hamburg’s prime locations! Situated right along the river Alster, the market by the Jungfernstieg consist of white pagoda tents only all under the motto of white magic. With a lovely view over the waterfront, you’ll be enchanted in no time. As one of the youngest markets, the stalls display modern designs of jewelry, art, and porcelain. The highlight of the market is the permanent illuminations, which put shimmering lights of gold and silver on the classic white tents. A signature drink around the Jungfernstieg is hot Caipirinha! Book yourselves one of the fairy tale boat tours and take in the atmosphere! Contemporary moods with all the Christmas coziness! :)
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