Leipzig at Christmas

It’s Christmas: the most beautiful Christmas markets in Leipzig

Sparkling, glittering and magical – Leipzig is a heavenly place at Christmas. The city and surrounding region lights up, the delicious scents from warming food fills the air and bright, crisp days put a smile on everyone’s face.

Here’s our ultimate guide to the best Christmas markets in Leipzig and the surrounding region, ready for you to drink your mulled wine and soak up the spirit of the festive season.

The classic: Leipzig Christmas Market
The alternative: quirky handmade Christmas market
Der colourful: The Market – Winter Edition
Fairytale: Christmas at the castle in Colditz
Ice-skating magic and bright lights: Döbeln Christmas Market
A feast for the senses: Grimma Christmas Market

The classic: Leipzig Christmas Market

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Leipzig Christmas Market in the city centre is open until 23 December this year. © Robin Kunz

This is a Christmas market that will never be boring. Leipzig Christmas Market stretches all the way from the famous Augustusplatz to Petersstrasse. In fact, this is one of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany, and certainly one of the most beautiful. As well as all German foodie staples, from bratwurst to potato pancakes (kartoffelpuffer) with apple sauce, this market also has a Finnish village, where you can find flammlachs (roasted salmon) and glögi (mulled wine). Peruse the stands for gifts and hand-made crafts before giving into the scents of cinnamon and vanilla and one of the many sweet treats on offer at the market too.

For the little ones. Leipzig Christmas Market has a lot going for it too. In the market square, head to the children’s bakery at Café Zimtstern, take them to the historic and magical carousel, the children’s train or the glittering Ferris Wheel. And of course, Father Christmas is ready and waiting to hear every child’s Christmas wishes in Santa’s Grotto.

When? Daily from 27 November to 23 December 2018, 10am to 9pm. Fridays and Saturdays until 10pm. 23 December, 10am to 6pm. Father Christmas is available from Wednesday to Sunday from 4pm.

Where? Leipzig city centre

The alternative: quirky handmade Christmas market

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Christmas in WERK 2 always attracts people looking for an original Christmas experience. © WERK2

For those who enjoy something a little different at Christmas, head over to the Christmas market at WERK 2 at Kulturfabrik in southern Leipzig. This cultural hub in a former gas meter factory exudes a feeling of cool and its Christmas market is no different. A smaller market filled with original crafts and handmade items, this is a place to to discover one-of-a-kind treasures, with all styles, from embroidered and printed cult and trendy, on offer. Enjoy the cosy halls and courtyard of this amazing building while buying gifts and enjoying a variety of food and drink, including vegan delicacies.

When? Daily from 7 December to 16 December, 2pm to 9pm. Fridays and Saturdays, 1pm to 10pm.

Where? WERK 2 – Kulturfabrik Leipzig e.V., Kochstrasse 132.

The colourful: The Market – Winter Edition

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The perfect combination of magical Christmas flair and create charm at Täubchenthal. © Sandrina Donnhauser

Another market in a former industrial building, The Market – Winter Edition is full of colour, street food and design credentials. Held in the Täubchenthal, this market is full of quirky touches, with corners for storytelling and vintage design too. A popular music and performance venue, there is plenty of creative inspiration to be found here – as well as Christmassy foods and truly original gifts.

When? 10 December 2018, 12pm to 8pm

Where? Täubchenthal, Wachsmuthstraße 1

Fairytale: Christmas in the castle in Colditz

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The Christmas Market in the grounds of Colditz Castle gives a Christmas experience like no other. © Cornelia Kasten

Those heading further out into the wider Leipzig region will not be disappointed if they go to Colditz. This is the place to celebrate Christmas is the perfectly magical setting of a castle. Listen to the bells from the castle’s chapel, wander through the market square where the Brothers Grimm are waiting to greet you, and wander through the fairytale forest to the Colditz Castle courtyard. There will be music and cinema throughout the weekend as well as plenty of foodie treats, mulled wine and craft stalls.

When? 8 and 9 December 2018

Where? Colditz and Colditz Castle

Ice-skating magic and bright lights: Döbeln Christmas Market

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Take a spin on the ice as part of the Christmas Market experience in Döbeln. © Stadtwerke Döbeln

Another special town in the Leipzig region at Christmas-time is Döbeln. The ice rink is a huge draw for this Christmas Market. Located in the city centre, ice-skating in Döbeln is the perfect way to get into the festive spirit. This is a place that really goes all-in for its Christmas Market too. As well as all the magical food and craft stalls, the whole town becomes adorned in amazing Christmas decorations. There’s also a perfectly Christmassy programme of activity too, including a lantern parade, Christmas concerts and plenty of other events.

When? 30 November to 16 December 2018

Where? Market at Döbeln

A feast for the senses: Grimma Christmas Market

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The Christmas Market in Grimma offers a postcard-perfect Christmas experience. © Sylvio Dittrich

One Christmas celebration in the Leipzig region that cannot be missed is the Christmas market in the town of Grimma. The festive food, drink and craft stalls look magical against the backdrop of the town hall’s impressive Renaissance gable. With a stage in the market too, there’s a daily programme of activity for the duration of the market. There’s also a miniature railway – perfect for the little ones. This year there is a special addition to the Grimma Christmas Market programme, with a visit from the famous Coca-Cola truck, performances by participants of The Voice Germany and a very special stolen competition!

When? 30 November to 16 December 2018, 11am to 7pm

Where? Grimma old town

Get even more in the mood for Leipzig’s Christmas magic and Christmas markets on our website – including information on our amazing raffle.

Any questions? Please contact us – we’re happy to help!
Leipzig Tourism and Marketing GmbH
Social Media Team
Tel: 0341/7014-340
Mail: social.media@ltm-leipzig.de

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