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Christmas in Leipzig and the region

Leipzig Christmas Market

View of the wonderfully illuminated Christmas market with its charming huts at the Old Town Hall in festive Leipzig, shopping, shopping in Leipzig, sights
The magic of light in Leipzig © Daniel Koehler

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 Leipzig Christmas Market offers a colourful programme again in 2018 with lots to discover, even for the youngest visitors.

Heavenly Leipzig

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.

Did you know...

The colourful and illuminated Christmas market booths of the charming huts bathe the market square at the Old Town Hall in a warm light during Advent in Christmas Leipzig, shopping, purchasing, sightseeing
Christmas in Leipzig © Philipp Kirschner

...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.

Opening hours 2018

27 November to 23 December 2018

  • Sundays to Thursdays 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
  • Fridays and Saturdays 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
  • 27 November 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • 23 December 10:00 to 8:00 pm

Arrival by S-Bahn and car

Two ladies happily inspecting the wooden figures for sale at the Christmas Market in Leipzig, Christmas Leipzig, shopping in Leipzig, shopping
Mulled wine, culinary delights and Christmas decorations at the Leipzig Christmas Market © Dirk Brzoska

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

The glittering city centre
Christmas, Christmas Market, Uniriese, City Hochhaus, Architecture, Decorations

Leipzig in its best Christmas dress

Our tip: Take your time and don't let Christmas shopping stress you out, treat yourself to a few minutes of peace by taking a leisurely stroll through the small and large alleys of Leipzig's festively decorated city centre. A very special atmosphere is in the air, like here in Leipzig's Kupfergasse.

Programme at the Leipzig Christmas Market

Current Highlights

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)

Programme on 27 November

The opening programme on Tuesday

5:00 pm Trombone performance (on the stage at Market Square)

5:05 pm Festive opening of the Christmas Market (by Mayor B. Jung, St. Thomas Choir Leipzig - A-Capella Performance, Dance Studio T.A.B.U. and Youth & Wind Orchestra Leipzig)

7:00 pm Trombone performance from the balcony (with the "Leipziger Ratspfeifern")

Programme on 1 December

Special programme on Saturday

10:00 am Concert by the Bergmannsblasorchester Schlema (Central Train Station)

11:00 am Santa Claus arrives (Central Station) & carriage ride to Market Square

11:30 am Trombone performance from the balcony (Old Town Hall)

11:50 am - 12:00 pm Reception for Santa Claus (stage at Market Square)

12:00 pm Santa Claus arrives at Market Square

12:15 pm Advent concert by the Bergmannsblasorchester Schlema (Market Square Stage)

2:00 pm Santa Claus visits the Elves' Workshop (Augustusplatz in front of the Opera House)

2:00 pm Christmas carols for young and old (Market Square Stage)

4:00 pm Visit Santa Claus (on Market Square Stage)

5:30 pm Daniella Rossini (Market Square Stage)

7:00 pm Trombone performance from the balcony (Old Town Hall)

Highlights for the littlest guests

The lighted historical carousel in the Salzgässchen at night in the Advent season in festive Leipzig at the Christmas Market, shopping in Leipzig, shopping, family
Salzgässchen © Andreas Schmidt

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

Gift ideas

Information for bus tour operators

Christmas stars at the Christmas Market at the Naschmarkt in Leipzig, shopping in Leipzig, shopping, Christmas in Leipzig
© Robin Kunz

Book your trip to Leipzig at Christmas time!

Christmas oratorio with the St. Thomas Choir and Leipzig's Gewandhaus Orchestra in the St. Thomas Church during the festive season, festive Leipzig, cultural venue, music city, sights
Christmas oratorio with the St. Thomas Choir Leipzig © Thomaskirche / Nick Putzmann
South Tyrolean village at the foot of the University Giant © Daniel Koehler
© Daniel Koehler

Looking for gift ideas?

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. 

Christmas in the Leipzig Region