Leipzig Christmas Market

 

The beautiful city of Leipzig hosts one of Germany's largest and oldest Christmas markets. The Leipzig Christmas Markets date all the way back to 1458 and remain an iconic symbol of the city's heritage. Over 250 twinkling stalls add to the magnificent ambience in Leipzig's historic centre, which combines rich heritage and cultural cuisine with a festive light display which captivates visitors from all over the world.

The Christmas market is not only one of the oldest but also one of the largest Christmas markets in Germany. The Marktplatz is the centre of attention with entertainment provided on the market square stage and a Saxon spruce Christmas tree over 20m high. The Ferris wheel at Augustusplatz offers idyllic seasonal views and the Fairy Tale Forest is a place where children can meet Santa Claus for a chat. The historical Christmas Market of ancient Leipzig highlights local arts and crafts.

The world famous St. Thomas choir makes regular appearances at the Leipzig Christmas Market, leaving the audience enchanted with every performance. Leipzig offers a multitude of festive delights; marvel at the world's largest free-standing Advent calendar, indulge in numerous culinary delights or explore the city's traditional medieval market.

Music enthusiasts will love the performances of J.S. Bach's Christmas oratorios in Leipzig's churches.

Things to do and see

A significant historical highlight in Leipzig is the St. Nicholas’s Church, known in 1989 throughout the world as the starting point of the “peaceful revolution” and the beginning of Germany’s reunification.

Visit the Museum of City History within the Old Town Hall - one of the finest buildings of the German Renaissance, and built in just nine months in 1556/1557.

Also worth a look are the council chambers, the 1823 model of the city, the prison cells and the portrait of Bach.

Grab a bite to eat in style – at Auerbachs Keller (Auerbach’s Cellar), which Goethe immortalised in his drama “Faust”.

Follow the Leipzig Music Trail, a fascinating weave of city exploration and musical discovery. Walk in the footsteps of famous composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Richard Wagner and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, complete with audio samples and information. The concerts of the Gewandhaus Orchestra or the performances at Leipzig Opera are musical highlights.

Rediscover the ancient supercontinent ‘Gondwanaland’, at Zoo Leipzig. This unique tropical world is larger than two football fields and is home to 17,000 tropical plants and 300 exotic animals.

Taste Leipzig’s most famous food speciality, the “Leipziger Allerlei”, and head to one of the city’s many coffeehouses such as Zum Arabischen Coffe Baum, Kaffeehaus Riquet or Café Kandler. Taste hot Glögi, reindeer sausage and fresh salmon smoked over open wood fires in the Finnish Village.

Leipzig city breaks offer visitors the chance to experience the internationally renowned artists and performers that take to the city's streets each year.

Additional Information
Nearby markets worth visiting
Hotel Recommendations

Leipzig Marriott Hotel 5*

This modern style hotel, with a personal touch, is ideally located in the heart of the city.

 

Mercure Hotel Leipzig am Johannisplatz 4*

The hotel has a great location close to the station and city. The modern bar in the hotel is an ideal place to relax.

Useful Information
  • Flight time from London: 1hr 40min
  • Leipzig/Halle Airport: 21km from the city centre; transfer time about 25 min
  • Nearest railway station: Leipzig Hauptbahnhof
  • Currency: Euro
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