Dates : 29th November – 24th December 2018 (Striezelmarkt)
Most of the other Christmas Markets in Dresden start on the 1st December
Opening times : Daily 10am-9pm
29th November 4pm-9pm
Until 2pm on Christmas Eve
The Dresden Christmas market is one of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany and has been mentioned as far back as 1434. Here you will find the famous Dresdner Stollen which has been made here since the early 16th century and can be found in shops and at the market stalls. The Stollen is also from where the Christmas market gets its name – Striezelmarkt. Here, on this festive market, the visitor will find interesting and romantic gift ideas. There are around 250 stalls selling a selection of Christmas gifts, among these are Erzgebirge woodcarvings, pottery from Lusatia, Christmas tree decorations, wooden toys, tin toys, textiles and Christmas candles. Besides the Dresdner Stollen you will find Pulsnitzer cake, Dresdner Pflaumentoffel, Thuringian bratwurst and Gingerbread A special attraction at the Christmas market is the 14-meter high Christmas pyramid. The biggest step pyramid in the world is decorated with 42 wooden figures.
Dresden hosts a total of 12 Christmas Markets. Christmasr markets held in Dresden include the Historical Christmas Market at the Royal Mews at Dresden Castle, the Christmas Market in Prague Strasse, the Christmas Market in Hauptstrasse, the Neustadt Advent Christmas Market or “Christmas in Baroque Quarter” in the King’s Road.
The Christmas market in Dresden is accompanied by a very extensive program of events and exhibitions. These include, for example, musical events such as carol singing and Christmas concerts in churches in Dresden , the squares and in the Palace of Culture Theatre.The Christmas exhibition in the City Museum, the Christmas Stollen ride with the original Hummelbahn (city tour through Christmas Dresden), the National Horse Show and show jumping competition with large Christmas market in Dresden Exhibition Centre, Christmas tours of the Saxon steam navigation on the Elbe (with a visit from Father Christmas) and not least the traditional Stollen Festival.
The Stollen Festival attracts many visitors every year, a giant stollen is driven through the street of Dresden on a horse-drawn cart, this ritual dates back to the 18th century. The stollen is cut up and sold and the proceeds go to local charities. The largest stollen, baked to provide for 20 000 visitors, is said to have weighed 1800 kg and needed 8 horses to pull it along.
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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