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Christmas in Leipzig and the Region

Leipzig Christmas Market

The Leipzig Christmas Market tradition dates back to 1458. This means that it is one of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany. 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 2019 with lots to discover, even for the youngest visitors.

Opening hours 2019

26 November 23 December 2019

The festive opening of the Christmas Market will take place on 26 November at 5:00 pmon Leipzig's market square.

Christmas market daily opening hours:

Sunday to Thursday 10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Differing opening hours:

26 November 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

23 December: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm (only at market square)

The most wonderful Christmas spots at the Leipzig Christmas Market

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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. 

Programme at the Leipzig Christmas Market

Programme highlights

26 November 2019 5:00 pm: Festive opening of the Christmas Market

6 December - 8 December 2019: South Tyrol Days 

8 December 2019 and 22 December 2019 from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm:  "Shopping Sundays"

Daily programme

Christmas Market, Leipzig market square, Old Town Hall, christmas lights

Everyday starting at 4:30 pm Advent programme (market square stage)

Monday to Thursday 6:00 pm, Friday 7:00 pm:  Trombone performance (Old Town Hall's balcony)

Weekend programme

1:00 pm: Trombone Concert (Old Town Hall balcony)

From 1:45 pm: Advent programme (market square stage)

4:00 pm - 4:45 pm: Visit Santa Claus (market square stage)

From 5:30 pm Advent programme (market square stage)

7:00 pm Trombone concert (Old Town Hall balcony)

Highlights for the littlest guests

On Augustusplatz there is an enchanting fairytale forest and a glowing ferris wheel.
The fairytale forest and the ferris wheel turn Augustusplatz into a children's paradise © Philipp Kirschner

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: 30 November 2019 around 11:00 am on platform 6 

Meet Santa: Wednesday to Friday 4:00 pm-4:45 pm  (market square stage)

Elves' workshop and children's bakery: handcrafts and baking for children, 30 November - 20 December 2019, Monday to Friday 2:00 pm-7:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday 11:00 am-7:00 pm (Augustusplatz in front of the opera)

Children's baking at Café Zimtstern: Cookie baking, Monday to Friday 10:00 am -1:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am -12:00 pm (market square)

Fairytale Forest: Grimm's fairytales in life size (fountain at Augustusplatz in front of Leipzig Opera House)

Historic carousel: from 26 November to 23 December (Reichsstraße/ Ecke Salzgässchen)

Ferris wheel: from 26 November to 23 December (Augustusplatz)

Model train exhibition in the main station

Pop Up - Christmas markets

Discoveries apart from the big markets

There are many great Pop Up markets with various themes to discover throughout Leipzig. They usually open for just a few days at a time and are known for their home-made and lovingly designed products and friendly atmosphere. 

Pop-up Christmas markets in and around Leipzig

The Christmas market in the castle courtyard at the Markleeberg Gatehouse will attract numerous visitors again this year. From 7.12 to 8.12.2019, the market will open its doors at 2 pm and offer a varied selection of Christmas treats and goods. Other highlights include a coffee concert in the Gatehouse, music in the Auenkirche and a craft workshop in the Schlossgalerie for children. 

Address:

Schlosshof am Torhaus

04416 Markkleeberg

The first advent weekend (29.11-1.12.2019) also marks the beginning of the annual Christmas market in Taucha. Many merchants and restaurateurs offer their products on the market square. The main attraction is the traditional cutting of the gaint Taucha stollen. There is also a Christmas bazaar in the Kulturscheune (culture shed) that is home to Santa's post office. 

Opening hours: 

Fri. from 4 pm to 9 pm

Sat. from 2 pm to 9 pm

Sun. From 2 pm to 7 pm 

Address:

Marktplatz und Schlosshof

04425 Taucha

The historical Christmas market in Trebsen Castle opens its doors on 3 Advent weekends with numerous artists, workshops, musicians and much more. The taverns and sausage stands ensure full bellies and a wonderful visit.

Opening hours:

30.11 - 1.12.2019

7.12 - 8.12.2019

14.12 - 15.12.2019 

Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm 

Admission:

€8 per person (free admission for children under 14) 

Address: 

Schloss Trebsen
Zum Schloss 1
04687 Trebsen

On the first Advent weekend (29.11 to 1.12.19), the Geithain Christmas Market opens on the market square. In addition to the typical stalls, the hut party on Saturday and the Christmas raffle on Sunday are just two of the weekend's highlights. There is even something for the kids: they can look forward to the art and craft tent. 

Opening hours:

Fri. from 4 pm to 10 pm

Sat. from 3 pm to 10 pm

Sun. from 3 pm to 10 pm 

Address:

Marktplatz

04643 Geithain

Once again this year, the neighbourhood Advent market takes place in the garden area of the cafe and bar "Zum Wilden Heinz" and offers a rich mixture of different stands. Come visit the market from 29.11 to 1.12.2019.

Opening hours:

Fri. from 4 pm to 8 pm

Sat. From 11 am to 8 pm 

Sun from 11 am to 8 pm 

Address:

Zum Wilden Heinz 

Hähnelstraße 22, 04177 Leipzig 

On 14.12.2019 the 7th Vegan Christmas Market takes place at the Feinkost in Leipzig. Many treats, crafts and informational stands, campfires and gnomes await you. Admission is free.

Opening hours:

Sat. 11 am to 8 pm 

Address:

Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 36

04107 Leipzig

Although there are still a few months until WGT, a visit to the Dark XMas Market in the Moritzbastei is a wonderful way to wait out the winter. On 1.12.2019, you can buy handmade gothic Christmas gifts and decorative items.

Opening hours:

Sun 1.12.2019 From 1 pm in the cellar

Address:

Kurt-Masur-Platz 1

04109 Leipzig

On the second and third Advent weekends Westwerk opens its doors for a cosy Christmas market. Lots and lots of artists, designers and artisans present their work: For example, the Herbarium Leipzig, the Auwald Bar, the Leipziger Spirituosen Manufaktur, holzART - Leipzig creative wood games - and so on are on site.

Opening hours:

Sun 8.12.2019 and 15.12.2019 from 10 am to 6 pm 

Address:

Westwerk Leipzig 

Karl-Heine-Straße 93, 04229 Leipzig 

Again this year Imkerei Beer invites you to the Advent Market on 15.12.2019. Mead, sausages, and crêpes are ready for merry munching. The Alpaca farmer at the market is sure to make the children excited. And Santa will make an appearance with a sack full of gifts.

Opening hours:

Sun from 11 am to 7 pm 

Address:

Bienenweg 14 (formerly An der Hauptstraße)

04356 Leipzig, Hohenheida

On 8.12.2019, the children, young people, colleagues and residents of the Generationenhof will ring in the Christmas season together. There are Christmas tastings and attractions for young and old alike. Handmade products are also available for donations. 

Opening hours:

Son. from 1 pm to 7 pm 

Address:

Generationenhof

Schönauer Straße 28, 04420 Markranstädt (OT Lindennaundorf)

The Delitzsch Advent Market opens on the second Advent weekend (6.12 to 8.12.2019). There, more than 80 merchants and performers sweeten the cosy Advent season with their gifts and products. It is a weekend for the whole family. 

Opening hours:

Fri. 2 pm to 10 pm

Sat. 12 pm to 10 pm

Sun from 12 pm to 7 pm 

Address:

Markplatz 

04509 Delitzsch 

In the afternoon of the first Advent, the Dölitz Advent Market opens again in the agra-Park. Starting from 1 pm many small market stalls, home-made mulled wine and tasty dishes await your visit. There are also numerous special activities for children, such as the children's bakery. 

Opening hours:

Sun 1 pm to 6 pm 

Address:

Grün-Alternatives Zentrum Leipzig e.V.

Vollhardtstraße 16

04279  Leipzig

 

The Mühlstraße will also once again have a small yet lovely Christmas market this year. On Sunday 8.12. there will be numerous stands with handmade and regional products, as well as a gnome workshop for young and old as well as many other surprises. You can also buy the limited edition Reudnitz calendar on site.

Opening hours:

Sun. 2 pm to 7 pm 

Address:

MÜHLSTRASSE 14 e. V.
Soziokulturelles Stadtteilzentrum Reudnitz/ Thonberg (Socialcultural Centre)
Mühlstraße 14, 04317 Leipzig

Cultural tips for the Christmas season in Leipzig

Stage programme during the Advent season

The Ice-Maiden

26 October - 25 December 2019

Perfect! - Cabaret

cabaret, stage programme, artists, fun, laughter
© Academixer

25 November 2019

20 December 2019

21 December 2019

Musical and dinnershow

Actors in costumes from the extravagant dinner show present themselves in a decorated hall.
An extravagant dinner show with live music and dance. © Tom Schulze/Klessens

Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer (Jim Knopf and Lukas the Train Conductor) - The children's musical for the whole family

14 November - 29 December 2019

The extravagant dinner show "GANS GANZ ANDERS" (A very different kind of goose) 2019

16 November - 31 December 2019

Musical highlights for the Leipzig Christmas season

Good to know

Arrival

South Tyrolean village at the foot of the University Giant © Daniel Koehler
© Daniel Koehler

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.

Information for bus tour operators

Please note: Bus parking on Goethestraße is currently not available. 

The bus parking at Oberer Dittrichring can only be used as a stop for getting on and off the bus.

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. In 2020 historical photos take you on a "walk through historical Leipzig". Would you like to have the most beautiful views of Leipzig in your home? If the answer to this question is "yes," the illustrated book or the calendar by Leipzig photographer Philipp Kirschner is the ideal gift. 

Christmas in the Leipzig Region