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Christmas Market in Leipzig

The custom of the Christmas Trade Fair in Leipzig goes back to the 1458 year, and it’s considered as one of the oldest in Germany. Thanks to the unique cultural and culinary variety in combination with splendid historical central part of Leipzig, the local Christmas Market is one of the biggest, colorful, and fantastic holiday fairs throughout Germany.

Leipzig Christmas Market is the long-standing and the most spectacular fair in Saxony.
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Christmas Tale in Leipzig

Usually, the Leipzig Christmas Market is based on the Marktplatz and the nearby streets. More than 250 adorned stalls are placed on the central square, which offer the great variety of special delicacies, hand-made gingerbread, marzipans, waffles, and warming aromatic mulled wine. The main centerpiece of the fair, the Christmas tree, rises above the Market glowing with thousand lights, filling the atmosphere with festal magic.

Christmas Fair in Leipzig is a fascinating spectacle and enjoyable pastime for any age.
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Next to St. Nicolas Church, there is a great decorated pyramid where the guests of the Fair can try caramelized punch that is called Feuerzangenbowle, prepared under special traditional receipt in a big bowl, which is set on fire spectacularly, and the blue flames are dancing over your glass.

Leipzig is the heart of musical culture in Germany. During the Christmas holidays, the center of the city is sinking into charming music, which is heard from everywhere. The Christmas fair is opened to the signing of the boys’ choir coming from St. Thomas Church. Every day during the period of the holiday season, the trumpeters greet the guests from the town hall’s balcony. The festive concert is held on the city scene. Before Advent, Santa Claus comes to Leipzig on the special train, and the whole procession sees him to the Town Hall.

Dwarfs’ workshop, merry-go-round, fantastic forest with riddles – lots of joy for the whole family.

The event is very multifarious. Here you can find a dreamland for children, where you can meet a lot of heroes from the different German tails. The ride on the vintage merry-go-round or the Victorian carousel will bring you a plenty of unforgettable emotions and a lot of fun.

Leipzig Christmas Market 2018 dates and opening hours

If you wish to attend the event, you should come during the period of the end of November until the Christmas Eve. So, in 2018, the festive market is open on these dates: from the 27th of November to the 23rd of December. The opening hours of the Christmas Market in Leipzig are as follows:

  • Sunday-Thursday, from 10 am to 9 pm;
  • Friday – Saturday, from 10 am to 10 pm.

Christmas Market at Werk 2

In addition to the festival at the Marktplatz, tourists of Leipzig can enjoy 2018 Christmas Fair at Werk 2. From December 7th to 16th all guests are welcome to "The Christmas Market at the Kreuz" which will take place at the socio-cultural center situated in the south of the city. During this time period you can visit it for free and have fun with family or friends. Werk 2 will prepare a varied program as well as numerous Christmas delicacies for both adults and children. Christmas craftwork will certainly bring a lot of fun to the kids, while the grown-ups can let their creativity run free in public workshops. Warm up with the homemade mulled wine in the open air and treat yourself to delicious sweets that you can buy at the stalls. The Christmas market at the Kreuz is open daily at different times, so it is worthwhile to note the opening hours before visiting:


Working hours

7.12 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
8.12 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.
9.12 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.
10.12 2 p.m. – 9 p.m.
11.12 2 p.m. – 9 p.m.
12.12 2 p.m. – 9 p.m.
13.12 2 p.m. – 9 p.m.
14.12 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.
15.12 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.
16.12 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
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Fairytale Christmas offers from Leipzig hotels

During the Christmas holidays, a lot of tourists plan their trip to Leipzig, because here you can feel a fantastic atmosphere of the big holiday and plunge into the environment of the fairy tale and magic. But on the festival dates, most hotels near the Christmas Market offer a special holiday arrangements for its guests. Below you can reserve any hotel deals or service beforehand at the best rate. With our mobile application, you have a possibility to plan your trip in details.

Christmas Eve is the high season, so plan and design your vacation thoroughly. HotelFriend recommends you to book a hotel in Leipzig in advsnce to have the most suitable place to stay in the city during the Christmas holidays. On HotelFriend you can not only book a room, but also buy favourable travel deals. Besides accommodation you will get additional services and conveniences.

Leipzig is great at any time of the year, but during the Christmas Eve, it turns into a fantastic place, which mesmerizes at first glance. Plan your winter vacation with HotelFriend, and get more from your trip to this wonderful city of Saxony.

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