Christmas time is here: the most beautiful Advent markets in Leipzig and its surrounding region

The classic Leipzig Christmas Market

What is it that makes the Leipzig Christmas Market so special? Leipzig has many Christmas markets, but this one is the classic and the centre of the action at Christmas thanks to its location in the centre of town. Treat your taste buds to a range of specially created hot drinks in the Tirolean village at Augustusplatz. Why not follow that up with freshly smoked salmon and tasty mulled wine at the Finnish village right next door? Here, you can close in on the origin of Santa Claus and experience Finnish Christmas traditions first-hand. And all you have to do is hop over to the other side of the square to discover the magical fairytale world that awaits outside the Leipzig Opera. Can you match the huge images to the right fairytales?

History comes to life a bit further downtown, not least thanks to the Historic Leipzig Christmas Market at Naschmarkt Square. Drop by to gain fascinating insights into the art of traditional craftsmanship.

Leipzig Market Square is where Christmas magic takes centre stage. Keep your eyes peeled for the beautiful Christmas tree. It watches over the hustle and bustle of the cosy Christmas market with its countless huts, where you can take some time to sample the various delights on offer. One of the highlights is the chance to meet Santa Claus, who visits regularly. Get ready for amazing adventures for all the family!

When? 28 November to 23 December 2023, 10 am until 9 pm, Friday and Saturday until 10 pm, 23 December from 10 am until 8 pm (the stands at Market Square are the only ones open on the last day!).
Where? Leipzig City Centre

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The sights and scents of Christmas at Gohlis Palace

Have a fairytale holiday season at Gohlis Palace. This baroque jewel in the Gohlis area of town ushers in this magical time of year with its "Sights and scents of Christmas" event and offers so much to explore. Plenty of ideas for unique Christmas gifts can be found at the "Art in the Advent season" exhibition. Art and local handicrafts – sculptures, paintings, photographs and prints - are showcased in the West Arcade of Gohlis Palace.

There is no shortage of culinary delights here, either. Those with a sweet tooth can enjoy sweet and savoury homemade waffles, roasted almonds, homemade mulled wine, punch and hot juices. And as if that weren't enough, there is also a varied cultural programme involving choir music, instrumentalists, Christmas carol singing, brass bands, Christmas stories and much more. The cultural programme is fitting for this traditional family celebration and makes the Gohlis Palace a must during the Christmas season!

When? 29 November to 21 December 2023, Wednesday to Saturday: 3 pm until 7 pm,
Sunday: 12 to 6 pm
Where? Gohlis Palace, Menckestraße 23, 04155 Leipzig

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Another great option: the Christmas Market at Connewitzer Kreuz

Alternatively, you can head south: the Christmas Market at Connewitzer Kreuz is yet another extra-special Christmas market in Leipzig. The grounds of the Werk 2Kulturfabrik play host to an exciting and very cosy Christmas market in a laid-back setting. Handmade items are front and centre here. These are sure to be a hit with fans of do-it-yourself, as great attention is paid to detail. Tip: this is also a great place to find the perfect Christmas gifts!

When? 8 December to 17 December 2023, Monday to Thursday: 2 pm until 9 pm, Friday and Saturday: 1 pm until 10 pm, Sunday: 1 pm until 9 pm
Where? WERK 2 Kulturfabrik Leipzig e.V., Kochstraße 132, 04277 Leipzig

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Christmas Market at the Feinkost

Are you heading to Leipzig's popular and vibrant Karli (Karl-Liebknecht-Straße) this weekend? Then don't miss the chance to visit the Christmas Market at the Feinkost! This place is brimming with creative vibes. Keep them flowing as you browse the numerous stands featuring a variety of handicrafts, including wooden and silver jewellery, handmade stuffed animals and bags, and artistic graphics and drawings. Most of the products for sale are made by hand. If you are looking for Christmas gifts that stand out from the crowd, you have come to the right place.

Tasty crêpes, corn dogs, churros and momos (Nepalese dumplings) are "dished up" in front of the Löffelfamilie (the spoon family). The menu would not be complete without delicious mulled wine, hot juices and grilled delicacies. 

When? 2 and 3 December / 9 and 10 December / 16 and 17 December, Saturday: 11 am until 8 pm, Sunday: 11 am until 6 pm

Where? Feinkost Leipzig, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 36, 04107 Leipzig

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Felsenkeller Christmas Market in Plagwitz

The beer garden in the renowned Felsenkeller in Leipzig's trendy Plagwitz district is home to the Felsenkeller Christmas Market. It is truly "small but mighty" – 15 stands offer art, handicrafts and fantasy products.

Talking of crafts, blacksmith Martin will teach you how to forge your own horseshoe or coffin nail, while jewellery designers Tanja and Jessy will present their amazing work. 

There is also much on offer in the food department. Be it a crêperie, bakery, tavern, purveyor of roasted and grilled food, roasted almond vendor, garlic bread baker or a stand selling high-quality mulled wine, there are many ways to take a delightful break from your search for gems.

When? 30 November to 23 December 2023, Monday to Friday: 3–9:30 pm, Saturday: 11 am–9:30 pm and Sunday: 11 am–7:00 pm
Where? Felsenkeller, Karl-Heine-Straße 32, 04229 Leipzig

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Delitzsch Advent Market

Every year on the second weekend of Advent, the Delitzsch Advent Market becomes a hub of vibrant Christmas activity. If you're in the mood for arts and crafts and personalised gift ideas, the Delitzsch market is well worth a visit! Craftspeople will be selling unique handmade items and delicately fabricated articles made in workshops for glass-blowing, ceramics, wood sculpting, artisan fashion and basket-weaving, as well as folk art from the Ore Mountains, glowing stars, custom folded paper art, decorative candleholders and beautifully designed incense houses – what better way to get in the Christmas spirit?

The "French Gourmet Market" is an insider tip among foodies. Examples of original French delicacies that you can try and take home include sausages and cheeses from various parts of France, bread and pâtisserie from Brittany, macaroons and Nougat de Montélimar, tapenade and much more. Specialities such as Salzwedeler Baumkuchen, smoked salmon, lángos (fried dough) and crêpes round off the culinary selection, making a visit to Delitzsch Advent Market truly unforgettable!

A small merry-go-round, mini train ride and free play area featuring wooden toys is open on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, promising lots of fun for little ones.

When? 8 to 10 December 2023, Friday: 2–10 pm, Saturday 12–10 pm, Sunday: 12–7 pm
Where? Delitzsch Market, 04509 Delitzsch

Rochlitz Castle – a fairytale setting for the holidays

Christmastime is in the air! The courtyard and lower castle of Rochlitz Castle become an enchanting fairytale setting during the christmas season. The local Christmas market, which is mainly run by retailers from the area, welcomes young and old alike. You can sample everything from traditional Christmas delicacies to local organic products. You're sure to find the items on your Christmas wish list amongst the numerous arts and crafts and high-quality toys on sale. Guests can also look forward to a diverse range of cultural activities and take advantage of the opportunity to explore the castle.

When? 2 and 9 December 2023, 1-6 pm
Where? Rochlitz Castle, Sörnziger Weg 1, 09306 Rochlitz

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Vegan Christmas Market – a celebration of love

This year, the Vegan Christmas Market in Leipzig is taking place on the grounds of the Philippus Church, located between Plagwitz and Lindenau, right along the Karl Heine Canal. For one whole weekend, Christmas will once again be all about sustainability. The Christmas traditions and culinary creations aren't going anywhere, but innovations have enabled the market to continue to pay special attention to animal welfare. The stands do not sell animal products and therefore do not support any form of animal exploitation. 

The small supporting programme featuring many fantastic vegan exhibitors underlines the importance of reflection at this time of year, resulting in a market that is both thought-provoking and packed full with delicious delights. But why not see for yourself?

When? 9 and 10 December 2023, Saturday: 12 pm until 8 pm, Sunday: 12 pm until 6 pm
Where? Philippus Church, Aurelienstraße 54, 04177 Leipzig

Would you like to spend Christmas in Leipzig or the local region? Find out more about the festive side of Leipzig, known as "heavenly Leipzig", on our christmas website.

If you have any more questions, please get in touch with us!
Leipzig Tourism and Marketing GmbH
Social Media Editor
Tel.: +49 (0)341 7104-340


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