Visiting The German Christmas Markets

Glühwein at the German Christmas Market

If you haven’t been able to tell from my last two posts, I have been loving Christmastime in Germany! It’s been fun trying new foods and being in a different country during this festive season. And something that both locals and tourists look forward to this time of year are visiting the German Christmas Markets!

Reibekuchen at the Christmas Market
Reibekuchen mit Apfelmus
(Potato Pancake with Applesauce)

At the Weihnachtsmärkte (Christmas Markets) you can find handcrafted goods as well as lots of food and drink to warm you up on a cold day. Sausages are a popular food choice, naturally, as well as Reibekuchen (Potato Pancake). There are also many drink options such as Beer (of course), Eierpunsch (similar to Eggnog), and Kakao (Hot Chocolate). I do have to admit though, I tried Glühwein (Mulled Wine) and I didn’t like it. I know that is an unpopular opinion, but I have to be honest!

If you’re hoping to visit a Weihnachtsmarkt in Germany, be sure to first check the dates when it’s open! A lot of markets will close on the 4th Advent and some towns only have a market for a week or so.


We’ve visited Xanten a couple of times now, and it’s a really interesting city with lots of history. There are even Roman Ruins here, which I’m planning on writing about it someday soon! They had a relatively small Weihnachtsmarkt, but there were still lots of people out buying hand-made goods and just enjoying the fresh air!


Koblenz is a really beautiful city about 2 hours south of where we live in the state of Rhineland Pfalz (Rhineland-Palatinate). The Altstadt (Old Town) has the perfect backdrop for a Weihnachtsmarkt. The main market here was a little bit bigger than in Xanten, but they also had stands scattered throughout the Altstadt.

When we visited on Friday, the market was starting to wind down as it ended in a couple of days. It was also quite rainy and while there were still quite a few people outside, the mall, where we parked, was completely full. It seemed most people just wanted to do some last minute shopping!

If you want to read more about Koblenz, I wrote about the day-trip we took there earlier in the year with my parents! You can find it here.

While the markets we visited were mostly food-focused, perhaps since they were smaller, I’m told the bigger markets have more people selling their artisan goods. The most popular Weihnachtsmärkte are in Nuremberg and Dresden, which is considered to be the where the first market was held in 1434. The Dresden Striezelmarkt have a good website where you can learn a little bit more about what a Weihnachtsmarkt in Germany has to offer!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’re all having a fun holiday season so far!

Fröhliche Weihnachten!

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