Christmas in Leipzig and the region
Leipzig Christmas Market
The Leipzig Christmas Market tradition dates back to 1458. With its unique cultural and culinary attractions in the middle of the fascinating historical backdrop of the city centre and its 300 stands, it is one of the largest and most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany.
The Christmas season in Leipzig is magical and wonderful
Christmas time in Leipzig is magical. Every corner of the Trade Fair City glitters and sparkles, and the scent of Christmas treats wafts through the air. Let us show you our favourite Christmas spots in downtown Leipzig, as well as the best Christmas Markets in the region.
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The Leipzig Christmas Market as the most beautiful Christmas Market in Europe
The title "European Best Christmas Markets" is awarded each year to a European Christmas Market. This year, the Leipzig Christmas Market is proud to have made it to the list of 20 nominated Christmas Markets. Of course Leipzig wants to win the title. Vote from 30 November to 10 December and ensure that the title of the most beautiful Christmas Market in Europe goes to Leipzig.
Did you know...
...that Silent Night became famous in Leipzig?
The Strasser siblings, who were four poor Tyrolean peasant children in the 19th century century, undertook a month-long hike from the Zillertal mountains to Leipzig. However, their plan to sell gloves at the local market ended in a financial disaster. Then they began to sing a then-unknown song: Silent Night.
Arrival by S-Bahn and car
Leave your car and take the city tunnel and the good mass transit network in Leipzig city centre for a relaxed stroll over to the Leipzig Christmas Market - without having to waste time searching for a parking space. The stops "Markt" and "Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz" are located directly at the Leipzig Christmas Market.
If you are travelling by car, we recommend that you use the P+R spots in Leipzig. The underground car park at Augustusplatz is only accessible via Georgiring. The exit from the underground car park is via Goethestraße.
The most heavenly Christmas spots in downtown Leipzig
Leipzig Christmas Market at Augustusplatz in Leipzig
Leipzig Central Station
The Finnish village at Augustusplatz in Leipzig
Delicacies and handicrafts
The Mädler Passage in Christmas attire
Lights and fairy dust
Sparkling St. Nicholas Church Square
The Ferris wheel at Augustusplatz in Leipzig
The historic Carousel
Leipzig in its best Christmas dress
The Christmas tree in the Mädler Arcade
Programme at the Leipzig Christmas Market
Programme at the Leipzig Christmas Market
Festive opening of the Christmas Market: 27 November 5:00 pm
Musical opening of the festive days with the mountain parade: 22 December 4:00 pm
Programme Monday to Friday:
- from 4:30 pm Advent programme (Market Square stage)
- 6:00 pm Trombone Concert (Old Town Hall balcony), Fridays 7:00 pm
Programme Saturday and Sunday:
- 1:00 pm Trombone Concert (Old Town Hall balcony)
- from 1:30 pm Advent programme (Market Square stage)
- from 5:30 pm Advent programme (Market Square stage)
- 7:00 pm Trombone Concert (Old Town Hall balcony)
The Market Programme at the weekend
1:00 pm Trombone performance from the balcony (Old Town Hall)
starting at 1:45 pm Advent programme on the Market Square Stage
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm Visit Santa Claus (Market Square Stage)
starting at 5:30 pm Advent programme (Market Square Stage)
7:00 pm Trombone performance from the balcony (Old Town Hall)
Highlights for the littlest guests
Bright eyes and bushy tails are part of the Christmas season. Leipzig offers a lot to make children's hearts race during the cosy season:
Santa Claus arrives at Leipzig Central Station: 1 December 2018 at 11:00 am
Visit Santa Claus: from 1 December 2018, Wednesday - Sunday, 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm, Market Stage
Elves' Workshop: handicrafts and baking for the little ones, 1 December - 20 December 2018, Monday to Friday 2:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Augustusplatz in front of the Opera House
Children's bakery at Café Zimtstern: Monday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Fairytale Forest: Grimm's fairytales in life size, fountain at Augustusplatz in front of Leipzig Opera House
Historical carousel: from 27 November to 23 December at the Leipzig Christmas Market, Reichsstraße/corner of Salzgässchen
Ferris wheel: from 27 November to 23 December at the Leipzig Christmas Market, Augustusplatz
Christmas markets in Leipzig and the region
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Leipzig for the home
Christmas is just around the corner - are you still looking for the perfect Christmas present? Gift Leipzig as home décor! The historical Leipzig calendar shows the city from a different perspective. Historical photos take you on a "walk through old Leipzig" through 2019. Would you like to get the most beautiful views of Leipzig in your home? If so, the illustrated book or the calendar by Leipzig photographer Philipp Kirschner would be the ideal gift.