Are you looking for a unique Christmas gift? When commercialism takes over the shops, traditional German Christmas markets are the right place to get into the mood for the holiday season. The little half-timbered houses, countless tiny radiant lights, and the aroma of hot chestnuts, roasted almonds, and baked apples in the air evoke a truly enchanting festive atmosphere.
The annual Christmas market at Rathausmarkt is one of the largest in Northern Germany. Over 80 vendors are proud to bring the Christmas spirit to Hamburg! As you stroll the lanes watch artisans create traditional decorative items, such as wood carvings, crib figurines, candles, and the like. Taste some of the scrumptious authentic “Lebkuchen” (gingerbread cake), or try the famous marzipan figures. Warm up with a glass of delicious “Glühwein” (mulled wine), or a hot chocolate with a dash of brandy. The uniquely designed mugs will make for a great souvenir!
Feast your eyes and ears on the historic fair organ, and stop by the Viennese art deco café for additional tasty snacks. An old-timer carousel from the 1920s as well as the “Spielzeuggasse” (toy lane) will make this visit an equally memorable experience for children. Young and old visitors alike can admire Santa Claus flying in his sleigh across the market square daily at 16:00, 18:00, and 20:00.
Every (advent) Saturday, there will be a Christmas parade on Mönckebergstrasse leaving at 11:30, 14:00 and 17:00 from “Galeria Kaufhof”.