We are all so much looking forward to Christmas: Finally, the Christmas atmosphere is returning to Leipzig and its surrounding region! It will be a magical Advent season with numerous Christmas markets and the festive season will be here in no time. Of course, the annual highlight is the traditional and much-loved Leipzig Christmas Market. It will be shining in all its glory at several locations across the city centre.

Visitors are invited to come to the castles and palaces of the region and spend enchanted hours within their historic walls at events such as the Rochlitz Castle Christmas and the Fairytale Castle Christmas at Colditz Castle. You can also spend time together with friends and enjoy the Christmas atmosphere at the Christmas markets across the region.

You can find out more about the exact dates of all the Christmas markets in Leipzig and its surrounding region, additional thrilling winter highlights,culinary experiences and cultural events in the Christmas season right here!


Leipzig Christmas Market daily opening hours:

22 November–23 December 2022

  • Sundays to Thursdays: 10 am to 9 pm

  • Fridays and Saturdays: 10 am to 10 pm

  • 22 November 2022: Festive opening ceremony, open until 9 pm

  • 23 December 2022: 10 am to 8 pm (only at the market square)

Highlights of the 2022 Leipzig Christmas Market

Santa Claus is coming today!

from 11 am – Waiting for Santa Claus
11:30 am – Brass band on the balcony of the Old City Hall
12 pm – Santa Claus arrives at the market square
12:15 pm – Advent concert by the colliery wind band from the spa town Aue-Bad Schlema
4 pm – Meet Santa Claus on the stage in the market square
5:30 pm – Maja Catrin Fritsche on stage in the market square 
7 pm – Brass band on the balcony of the old city hall

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Sunday shopping

During the Christmas market season, shops will be open in the city centre on the second Sunday in Advent from 1 pm to 6 pm.

"May luck be with you!"

… is a traditional miners' greeting.

At the 10th miner's parade, around 400 people dressed in traditional costumes and 250 musicians from the Ore Mountains will ring in the festive season. The parade will begin at 4 pm on Goethestrasse opposite Leipzig Central Station. It will end with a concert in Richard Wagner Square at 5 pm.

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Sunday shopping

During the Christmas market season, shops will be open in the city centre on the fourth Sunday in Advent from 1 pm to 6 pm.

[Translate to Englisch:] Weihnachts­märkte abseits der Innenstadt

A visit to the castles, fortresses and monasteries of the Leipzig region is always worthwhile – especially in the pre-Christmas period. The already impressive historical buildings are transformed into places full of magic and splendour.

Christmas cuisine in Leipzig and its surrounding region!

© www.pkfotografie.com, Philipp Kirschner
On the market stalls, you will find arts and crafts decorated in nordic Christmas style. There will be fresh Christmas geese, carp and Christmas trees to tempt you as well as a carousel for your kids.

Advent is not only special because of the magical atmosphere and the time we spend with loved ones but also the festive meals and treats. Whether you fancy Christmas goose, a roast or an Advent brunch, you can save yourself the stress of shopping and the hours spent in the kitchen by enjoying wonderful meals at restaurants in Leipzig and its surrounding region! Fresh goose from a local breeder, hearty game in an atmosphere steeped in history or a unique mulled wine tasting excursion – Leipzig and its surrounding region make for a delicious Christmas!

Give a piece of Leipzig as a present

© www.stefanhoyer.de/, Stefan Hoyer

Cultural events in the Advent season

Advent is a time for music. Carol singers go from door to door, many families sing carols by the Christmas tree and in churches, the organs ring out. Leipzig would not deserve its reputation as a city of music and culture if it did not offer many unique event highlights that make this magical time of year particularly special. Come and see the exciting dinner show "Gans gans anders" at the Spiegelpalast in Leipzig's Krystallpalast Varieté, enjoy the enchanting Christmas Oratorio sung by St. Thomas Boys Choir accompanied by the Gewandhausorchester or explore the numerous other Christmas concerts and Advent cabarets across the city!

"Gans ganz anders" (A very different kind of goose) – The extravagant dinner show

From 12 November to 7 January 2023 in the Spiegelpalast at Wilhelm Leuschner Square.

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Christmas Oratorio performed by the St. Thomas Boys Choir and the Gewandhausorchester.

On 9, 10 and 11 December 2022 in St. Thomas Church.

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Christmas concert by the Gewandhaus Choirs – "Rejoicing and Carols"

On 18 December at Leipzig Gewandhaus.

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"Mit Verspätung ins Glück" – A winter revue staged in the Musikalische Komödie at Leipzig Opera.

Premiere on 3 December 2022. Last performance on 20 December 2022.

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Christmas concert by the Philharmonie Leipzig

On 25 December at Leipzig Gewandhaus.

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The Ghosts of Christmas – Bunte Bühne Biesen

Starting on 27 November. Last performance on 22 December 2022.

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© Thomas Ufert
20 Jahre Weihnachtsoratorium in St. Laurentius Markranstädt am 11. Dezember 2022.

Johann Sebastian Bach – Christmas Oratorio BWV 248

20 years of Christmas Oratorio at St. Laurentius church in Markranstädt on 11 December 2022.

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Christmas blues at the "Kulturbastion" arts centre

On 3 December 2022 at the Kulturbastion arts centre in Torgau.

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Christmas with Joachim Ringelnatz

On 2 Decemter 2002 at Crostigall 14 performed by the theatre group "TheaterMacher(n)"

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Hansel and Gretel family opera

On 11 December 2022 in Grimma town hall.

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Christmas musical "A Strange Night" (Die sonderbare Nacht)

On 17 and 18 December in the concert hall at the Bad Düben Heath Spa.

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