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Christmas market in Leipzig

The Leipzig Christmas Market enjoys a long tradition as it dates back to 1458. Today it is among Germany's largest and most beautiful Christmas markets and is an inviting place for an atmospheric Christmas stroll this year as well. Amid the historical backdrop of Leipzig's Old Town, on and around the market square, the Leipzig Christmas Market radiates Christmas splendour. The Old Town Hall, dating back to 1556/57, is one of the last and most important Renaissance buildings in Germany, towering above the goings-on below. Over 250 festively decorated stalls offer a variety of handicrafts. The Christmas decorations from the Erzgebirge region are especially popular as well as a diversity of gift items. Pulsnitz Lebkuchen gingerbread is among the special culinary treats on offer that you should certainly try, along with a sip of mulled wine. However, it's not just strolling through the festively decorated inner city that brings on the joyful anticipation of Christmas, the numerous attractions on the comprehensive Christmas programme do too.

These include the world's largest free-standing Advent calendar, where a new door is opened every day, or the tower brass band who give a concert from the balcony of the Old Town Hall. Younger visitors can also have fun with the enigmatic fairytale forest, doing arts and crafts in the goblin workshop, having a chat with Santa Claus or taking a ride on the nostalgic terraced carousel at the historical Christmas market.

“Old Leipzig” Historical Christmas Market at Naschmarkt
The Historical Christmas Market is located behind the Old Town Hall at Naschmarkt. Old arts and crafts traditions find new life here and are vividly demonstrated.

Pyramid with Feuerzangenbowle punch at Nikolaikirchhof
The Nikolaikirchhof is just a few metres away from the Old Town Hall. The pyramid with Feuerzangenbowle punch is a popular meeting point for old and young alike.

Finnish Christmas Village, Augustusplatz
 "Tervetuloa" - welcome in Finnish - to the Finnish Christmas Village at the Leipzig Opera. Launch yourself into the Finnish Christmas rituals and enjoy Finnish specialities such as reindeer sausages or the Finnish version of mulled wine "Glögi". There is a 38-metre-high Ferris wheel at Augustusplatz. A ride on it gives you a unique view over the rooftops of Leipzig.

The history of the Christmas market

In addition to the Bautzener Wenzelsmarkt and Dresden's Striezelmarkt, Leipzig has one of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany. Its history dates back to 1458, when Leipzig was still called Leipczigk and had about 6000 inhabitants. At the beginning, the Christmas market was rather small and served primarily as a place to purchase supplies for Christmas. Around the turn of the last century, there was a reported number of over 900 stalls at the Christmas market. The tradition of the Christmas market was able to survive the adverse conditions during the Third Reich and GDR times.