Guide To Christmas Markets in Hamburg
During Christmastime in Hamburg, it’s difficult to move without tripping over a Christmas market! We’ve picked out a few so you can decide which to go to – that is, if you don’t decide to simply market-hop and visit them all, as many are close to each other. Have a look at these beauties, and we dare you to not feel fabulously festive by the time you’ve finished reading!
Hamburg Town Hall Christmas Market
Set just outside Hamburg Town Hall, this is perhaps the most popular Christmas market in Hamburg. It’s hosted by Roncalli’s Circus, with punch served by clowns and circus artistes – pretty cool! It’s brilliantly bustling and atmospheric, with hand-crafted Christmas decorations, pottery, jewellery, cookies and mulled wine on offer. Keep an eye out for Santa flying over the market on his sleigh every evening, as well as the Christmas parade, which takes place every Saturday during Advent.
Open 25th November – 23rd December, 11am – 9pm (open until 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays)
Christmas Market Hamburg Fleetinsel
Conveniently, Fleetinsel is only a five minute walk away from the Christmas Market at the town hall, but it has a reputation for being smaller and more relaxed – great if you’re visiting in a large group and don’t want to be split up. Though there are only a handful of stalls, they each offer great crafts and delicious food, and the market has a cosy atmosphere.
Open 25th November – 23rd December 12pm – 9pm daily
Santa Pauli - 21st November
The market at Santa Pauli is a change from the traditional, to put it mildly. Traditional Christmas market offerings such as mulled wine, jewellery and arts and crafts are sold alongside lingerie and other racier adult gifts. An enclosed tent houses erotic shows and topless waitresses, and the market offers a daily live music schedule. If you like your Christmas a little less tame, check out this market.
Open 23rd December Monday – Thursday 4pm – 11pm Friday and Saturday 1pm – 1am
If you’re looking for gorgeous gifts in a beautiful setting, Jungfernstieg is the place to be. It is set up with elegant white pagoda tents and overlooks the Binnenalster – a large artificial lake enclosed by the city. Bear in mind that you get what you pay for, and high quality products at this market don’t come particularly cheap –though if you just want to have a look around and take in the atmosphere, the Alster Lake is a sight to behold.
Open 25th November – 6th January 11am – 9pm daily (closed 24th and 25th December)
Hanseatic Christmas Market on Gänsemarkt Square
Another smaller and less hectic market, Hanseatic Christmas Market is particularly traditional. As well as offering food, craft-work and Christmas decorations, it features a stage where readings, concerts and church services are held. Choirs and gospel groups create a great Christmas spirit, as does the nostalgic carousel. What better way to make yourself feel warm and fuzzy inside?
Open 25th November – 23rd December Sunday – Thursday 11am – 9pm Friday and Saturday 11am – 10pm