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Cologne – Christmas Markets in Germany
Köln Weihnachtsmarkt

Frohes Weihnachtsfest

Dates : 25th November – 23rd December 2019 – 23 November to 23 December 2020 – 22 November to 23 December 2021

Opening Times :
Sunday-Wednesday: 11.00 – 21.00
Thursday-Friday: 11.00 – 22.00
Sayurday: 10.00 – 22.00

The city of Cologne offers six Christmas Markets in total. Among them are four big Christmas Markets located at the Cologne Cathedral, on the Alter Markt, on the Neumarkt and on the Rudolfplatz. The Market at the Cathedral is the most impressive and was voted as the most beautiful in Europe. The maritime Christmas market on the waterfront has a picturesque setting directly on the Rhine. Advent magic spreads throughout Cologne’s Old Town when idyllic Christmas markets open their brightly illuminated gates in late November. More than 160 stalls offer a large scale of traditional goods and hand-crafted gifts. Each one has its own flair. Their sparkling lights and peaceful atmosphere attract millions of visitors from all over the world every year. The wonderful spicy aromas of cinnamon stars, baked apples and roasted almonds fill the air.

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Christmas market at the Cologne Cathedral

Germany’s most popular Christmas market, set against the historic back-drop of Cologne’s cathedral, enchants its visitors under the illumination of the starlit canopy. Around 150 stall-holders present sophisticated and up-market handicrafts, selected gifts and culinary delicacies, and in doing so create a unique atmosphere on Roncalliplatz. Known as the “market of the hearts”, the Christmas market offers a comprehensive stage programme free of charge, with over 100 events reflective of the Christmas season. Smaller visitors delight at the diverse children’s programme in the “observatory”, and enjoy a ride on the children’s carousel.

  • Sun-Wed 11am-9pm
    Thu & Fri 11am- 10pm
    Sat 10am-10pm

Village of St. Nicholas at Rudolfplatz

“St. Nicholas’ village” presents itself for the first time, at the heart of Cologne on Rudolfplatz. Situated in front of the historic Hahnentorburg gate, the magical Christmas world offers an entirely new and unique world of experiences. St. Nicholas and Santa Claus are omnipresent. The “house of St. Nicholas”, the huge “advent calendar”, the “village chapel”, the “children’s workshop” and the stage programme whisk visitors away into an atmospheric world of Christmas magic. Radiant illuminations frame the rustic stalls. A meeting point for strolling, discovering, enjoying and feasting in homely cosiness. A place where traditional and modern meet, a rather different Christmas market.

  • Sun-Thu 11am–9pm
    Fri 11am – 10pm
    Sat 10am – 10 pm

Cologne Old Town “Home of the elves”

Every year, hundreds of “Heinzelmännchen” or elves enchant the old town of Cologne with their Christmas market. Traditional handicraft stalls, lovingly decorated huts and atmospheric narrow lanes lend the “Home of the Heinzel” its particular charm. Central to the fairy-tale atmosphere is a spectacular ice rink. “Heinzels Wintermärchen” (Heinzels winter tale) delights young and old alike – with a vast ice surface, sweeping routes around the entire square, alleys for curling, a bridge across the ice and much more besides. Ice-skating is a true experience here. The radiant centrepiece is the speczel” its particular charm. Central to the fairy-tale atmosphere is a spectacular ice rink. “Heinzels Wintermärchen” (Heinzels winter tale) delights young and old alike – with a vast ice surface, sweeping routes around the entire square, alleys for curling, a bridge across the ice and much more besides. Ice-skating is a true experience here. The radiant centrepiece is the spectacularly illuminated statue, around which the ice-skaters glide in elegant loops.

  • Daily 11 am–10pm
    Ice Rink daily 11am-10pm (up to 7th Jan)

Market of Angels – Christmas at Neumarkt

Magical, stunning and refreshingly different…
A sea of glittering stars and the loving gaze of the Christmas angel on a horseback await visitors to Neumarkt. Centrally situated between the most popular shopping streets and the sights of the cathedral city, and with a direct link with the public transport network, you are welcomed by the market of the angels. Delight at the tastefully designed houses with their decorated gables of varying heights and a stunningly lit evening sky. It is a sight you really must see!

  • Sun-Thu 11am-9pm
    Fri & Sat 11am-10pm

Cologne Harbour Christmas market

Christmas tip: The large maritime “Christmas market on the water” is a modern and stylish event against a picturesque backdrop directly on the Rhine, with snowy white pagoda tents reminiscent of ships’ sails. An outstanding vintner’s mulled wine is served on board the large timber sailing vessel, whilst mulled beer and fire punch are available from the lighthouse. The culinary choices on offer here are impressively diverse and high quality. This pleasant Christmas experience with harbour flair, exceptional gift ideas, handicrafts and a colourful programme comes highly recommended.

  • Sun-Thu 11-9pm
    Fri & Sat 11am–10pm

Christmas Markets – Weihnachtsmarkt – Marche de Noël – Mercatino di Natale – Mercados de Navidad

German Christmas Markets or Weihnachtsmarkt,have now become popular and are a welcome and familiar sight in many of the cities, towns and villages throughout Europe during the season of Advent.
Whether visiting a local Christmas Market or taking a Christmas Market Tour, the wonderful festive atmosphere will be sure to lift your spirits and bring the Christmas cheer a little closer.
Wrap up warm and wander along the rows of pretty wooden chalets taking in the rich, warming aromas associated with Christmas such as hot roast chestnuts, grilled bratwurst sausages, crepes or pancakes, hot doughnuts, gingerbreads and Gluhwein or Mulled wines or ciders. You can sample the marzipan figures, chocolate covered fruits or one of the many festive delicacies on offer from around the world. There are all kinds of Christmas gifts and decorations, especially traditional things such as tree decorations, wood carvings, crib figures, traditional toys, candles, hand-knitted jumpers, lambskin slippers and glassware, you will be able to find that special little something that will be a unique gift for someone to treasure. Children will be excited to meet with Santa Claus and maybe, just maybe!! there will be a little present for them too!

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Cologne – Köln

Cologne – Köln, is situated on the river Rhein in North Rhine-Westphalia and is the fourth largest city in Germany with around 1,000,000 inhabitants. It is one of the nation’s media, tourism and business hotspots. Cologne is known to be one of the most liberal cities in Germany. Cologne is located on both sides of the Rhine River. The city’s famous Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) is the seat of the Catholic Archbishop of Cologne. Cologne is a major cultural centre of the Rhineland; it is home to more than thirty museums and hundreds of galleries. Some of Cologne’s 22 sister cities who also host Christmas Markets :

  • Lille
  • Liverpool
  • Liege
  • Barcelona
  • Cork
  • Turin
  • Turku

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