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Date: 24.10.2017

Leipzig Christmas Market


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Leipzig Christmas Market (28 November - 23 December 2017)

Tradition since 1458

Leipzig Christmas market dates all the way back to 1458. Its six areas are set in chime with the fascinating historical scenery of the Leipzig city centre. With more than 250 twinkling stalls embedded harmoniously in the historic centre, Leipzig Christmas market is not only one of the oldest but also one of the largest Christmas markets in Germany. Visitors are offered a multitude of festive delights: indulge in numerous culinary delights or explore the city’s traditional medieval market.

Traditionally, the main area of the Christmas market is Marktplatz (market square) where visitors can marvel at a Saxon spruce Christmas tree as high as twenty meters, and enjoy a wide variety of performances at the market square stage. On Augustusplatz square a 38-metre-high ferris wheel offers seasonal views from a lofty height. The Finnish village on Augustusplatz has become a classic over the years. The enticing scent of smoked salmon and fruity Glögi (a mulled wine made from berries) draws visitors to the Scandinavian tents and stalls. The historical Christmas Market of  “Ancient Leipzig“ at the Naschmarkt square entices visitors with local traditional crafts and art.

Leipzig Christmas market is also valued for the many pleasures it holds for children. Be it the Fairy Tale Forest on Thomaswiese (meadow in front of St. Thomas) with its many scenes from various fairy tales or the market square stage where kids can meet Santa Claus for a chat, little visitors will definitely enjoy being here. As for grown-ups, there is a wide variety of traditional handcrafts and local food on sale.

  • Trombonists playing on the balcony of the Old City Hall every day
  • St. Thomas Boys Choir with concerts in St. Thomas Church
  • Fairytale Forest (in front of Leipzig Opera House)
  • Café Zimtstern – cookie-baking for children and winter specialty coffee (Leipzig Market Square)
  • Finnish village with examples of Finnish food and culture
  • Anno Domini – historical Christmas Market at the Naschmarkt
  • Old-style merry-go-round, a Feuerzangenbowle Christmas pyramid
  • Leipzig Model Railway Exhibition (where: Strohsackpassage)
  • 28 November - 23 December 2017
Opening Hours:
  • Sunday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • on December 3 and 17 the shops in the city centre will be open for Sunday shopping from 1 pm until 6pm

Christmas concerts and performances (Selection)

St. Thomas Church
  • J. S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio with the St. Thomas Boys Choir & the Gewandhaus Orchestra, 15-17 December 2017
  • A Night of Christmas Carols with the St. Thomas Boys Choir, 20-22 December 2017
  • J. S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio with the Leipziger Vocalensemble, 8/9 December 2017
  • Christmas concert “In nativitate Domini – Vocal Christmas music from the Middle Age and Renaissance“ with Leipzig’s vocal ensemble amarcord, 19 December 2017

Leipzig Gewandhaus
  • Advent concert with the Gewandhaus children’s choir, 9/10 December 2017
  • Charity Concert Christmas Oratorio with the Gewandhaus Choir & camerata lipsiensis, 9 December 2017
  • Advent Organ Hour, 9/16/23 December 2017
  • Sixth Miners’ Christmas Concert with the Schneeberg Miners’ Parade, 16 December 2017
  • Christmas Concert of the Gewandhaus choirs, 17 December 2017

Leipzig Opera
  • E. Humperdinck: Hansel und Gretel , 10/12/21 December 2017
  • P. Tschaikowski: The Nutcracker, ballet, 1/5/6/18/19/20/23/25 December 2017
  • Christmas soiree, 17 December 2017

Musikalische Komödie (Musical Comedy Theatre)
  • J. Strauss/G. Rossini “Aschenputtel” (Cinderella), dance theatre, 9/10/29 December 2017
  • F. Baum “The Wizard of Oz”, musical (sung in German), 1-3/5/21-23/25 December 2017

St. Nicholas Church
  • J. S. Bach: Cantatas BWV 61, Magnificat with the Leipzig BachChor and the Leipziger Festivalorchester, 2 December 2017
  • J. S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio with the Leipzig BachChor and the Leipziger Festivalorchester, 16/17 December 2017
  • Advent Music with the trombone choir and community choir of St. Nicholas, 15 December 2017

Christmas in the Leipzig Region

Weihnachtsmarkt Wurzen (Foto Kay Ritter) 1200 x 704 px
Germany is famous for its Christmas markets. In the towns and villages around Leipzig, you can rediscover the charm and nostalgia of an “old time Christmas” and enjoy the wintry landscape. Whether a horse carriage ride in Döbeln, the lovely Christmas market of the old manor Kahnsdorf, organ music with candlelight in a local church or a spa treatment with gingerbread peeling in the Saxon Heathland – you will be spoilt for choice. Trebsen Castle even hosts a festive 5-course banquet with Christmas songs and lute music.