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Christmas markets in Leipzig and the region

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

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

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)

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 luminous historical carousel in the Salzgässchen at night in the Advent season at the Christmas Market in Leipzig, 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   

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.

Gift ideas

Information for bus tour operators

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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. 

Christmas in the Leipzig Region