Which German Christmas Markets Have Been Cancelled for 2021? An Updated List

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2020 was no doubt a rollercoaster of a year, with pretty much all of Germany’s Christmas Markets cancelled in light of… well, I’m sure you know.

This article was originally published back in 2020 as a centralized place to find up-to-date news on all the Christmas market cancellations in Germany, but if you’re reading this right now, odds are you’re looking towards 2021’s Christmas Market Season.

The good news is many cities have already begun to plan as if Christmas markets are taking place this year. I’ve included a table below of confirmed dates so far, but the fact that they’ve begun planning and signing up vendors is very promising.

The bad news is that most German Christmas markets were cancelled pretty last-minute last year, so just because they’ve begun planning doesn’t mean it’s a sure thing.

Nonetheless, I’m optimistic. As of May 2021, vaccinations are ramping up here in Germany and the fact that Christmas markets are open-air events make them a lot more likely to happen (unlike poor Oktoberfest… RIP!)

So, in this post, I’ll be sharing the very short list of confirmed Christmas market cancellations in Germany so far for 2021, along with the scheduled dates for markets that have announced them.

NOTE: I’ve left the list of 2020 cancellations at the bottom of the post just for your reference.

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German Christmas Market Dates for 2021

Let’s start with the positive news first! As I mentioned, many large cities have begun to plan for their Christmas market season already.

Below you’ll find a table with confirmed dates (via ChristmasMarketsInEurope.com) for some of the bigger Christmas markets in Germany. Do note that things can always change though!

CityChristmas Market Name2021 DatesOfficial Website
AachenAachener WeihnachtsmarktNov 19 - Dec 23Official Website
AlöttingAltöttinger ChristkindlmarktNov 26 - Dec 19Official Website
AnsbachAnsbacher WeihnachtsmarktNov 25 - Dec 24Official Website
AugsburgAugsburger ChristkindlesmarktNov 22 - Dec 24Official Website
Bad GodesbergBad Godesberger NikolausmarktNov 22 - Dec 23Official Website
Bad HindelangBad Hindelanger Erlebnis-WeihnachtsmarktNov 26 - Dec 5Official website
Baden-BadenBaden-Badener ChristkindelsmarktNov 25 - Jan 6, 2022Official Website
BerlinWeihnachtsZauber GendarmenmarktNov 22 - Dec 31Official Website
BielefeldBielefelder Weihnachtsmarkt Nov 22 - Dec 23
Dec 27 - Dec 30
Official Website
BochumBochumer WeihnachtNov 18 - Dec 23Official Website
BraunschweigBraunschweiger WeihnachtsmarktNov 24 - Dec 29Official Website
BremenBremer WeihnachtsmarktNov 22 - Dec 23Official Website
CelleCeller WeihnachtsmarktNov 25 - Dec 26Official Website
ChemnitzChemnitzer Weihnachtsmarkt
Nov 26 - Dec 23Official Website
CoburgWeihnachtsmarkt CoburgNov 26 - Dec 23Official Website
CologneWeinachtsmarkt am Kölner DomNov 22 - Dec 23Official Website
CologneHeinzels WintermärchenNov 22 - Dec 23 (Christmas Market)
Nov 22 - Jan 9 (Skating Rink)
Official Website
CologneHeavenueTBAOfficial Website
CologneMarkt der EngelNov 23 - Dec 23Official Website
CologneNikolausdorfTBAOfficial Website
CologneKölner Hafen-WeihnachtsmarktTBAOfficial Website
CologneWeihnachtsmarkt im StadtgartenTBAOfficial Website
DonaueschingenFürstenberg Weihnachtswelt Donaueschingen
Nov 26 - Nov 28Official Website
DortmundDortmunder WeihnachtsstadtTBAOfficial Website
DresdenDresdner StriezelmarktNov 24 - Dec 24Official Website
DuisburgDuisburger Weihnachtsmarkt Nov 11 - Dec 30Official Website
DüsseldorfEngelchen-Markt
Handwerker-Markt
Altstadt-Markt
Sternchen-Markt
Märchen-Markt
Schadow-Markt
Kö-Bogen-Markt
Nov 18 - Dec 30Official Website
ErfurtErfurter WeihnachtsmarktTBAOfficial Website
EssenInternationaler Weihnachtsmarkt Essen Nov 12 - Dec 23Official Website
EsslingenEsslinger Mittelaltermarkt
Esslinger Weihnachtsmarkt
Nov 23 - Dec 22Official Website
Europapark (Rust)Europapark Winter MagicNov 27 - Jan 9Official Website
FlensburgFlensburger WeihnachtsmarktNov 22 - Dec 31Official Website
FrankfurtFrankfurter WeihnachtsmarktNov 22 - Dec 22Official Website
FreiburgWeihnachtsmarkt FreiburgNov 18 - Dec 23Official Website
FreudenstadtFreudenstädter WeihnachtsmarktDec 10 - Dec 19Official Website
FriedrichshafenBodensee-WeihnachtNov 26 - Dec 22Official Website
GelsenkirchenBueraner WeihnachtsmarktNov 18 - Dec 23Official Website
GeraGerarer Märchenmarkt Nov 25 - Dec 23Official Website
GoslarGoslar Weihnachtsmarkt & WeihnachtswaldNov 24 - Dec 30Official Website
GöttingenGöttinger WeihnachtsmarktNov 22 - Dec 29Official Website
HamburgHamburger WeihnachtsmarktTBAOfficial Website
HamburgWeihnachtlicher GänsemarktNov 22 - Dec 24Official Website
HamburgWeihnachtsmarkt St. PetriNov 22 - Dec 30Official Website
HamburgFleetweihnachtsmarkt TBAOfficial Website
HamburgWeihnachtsmarkt OsterstraßeTBAOfficial Website
HamelnHamelner WeihnachtsmarktNov 24 - Dec 23Official Website
HannoverWeihnachtsmarkt HannoverNov 22 - Dec 22Official Website
HeidelbergHeidelberger WeihnachtsmarktNov 18 - Dec 22Official Website
HeidelbergWeihnachtsmarkt BismarckplatzNov 18 - Jan 1, 2022Official Website
HeidelbergWinterwäldchen auf dem KornmarktNov 18 - Jan 1, 2022Official Website
HeilbronnKäthchen-WeihnachtsmarktNov 25 - Dec 22Official Website
HildesheimWeihnachtsmarkt Hildesheim
Nov 22 - Dec 29Official Website
HockenheimHockenheimer Advent
Nov 26 - Nov 28Official Website
IngolstadtChristkindlmarkt IngolstadtNov 24 - Dec 23Official Website
KaiserslauternLautrer AdventNov 22 - Dec 23 (Weihnachtsmarkt)
Dec 27 - Dec 30 (Silvestermarkt)
Official Website
KarlsruheKarlsruher ChristkWeihnachtsmarkt OsnabrückindlesmarktNov 25 - Dec 23Official Website
KasselMärchen­weihnachtsmarkt KasselNov 22 - Dec 30Official Website
KemptenWeihnachtsmarkt KemptenNov 24 - Dec 22Official Website
KleveKlever WeihnachtsmarktNov 26 - Dec 5Official Website
KoblenzKoblenzer WeihnachtsmarktNov 18 - Jan 9, 2022Official Website
KonstanzWeihnachtsmarkt am See KonstanzNov 25 - Dec 22Official Website
LeipzigLeipziger WeihnachtsmarktNov 23 - Dec 23Official Website
LindauLindauer HafenweihnachtNov 25 - Dec 19Official Website
LübeckLübecker WeihnachtsmarktNov 22 - Dec 30Official Website
LudwigsburgLudwigsburger Barock-WeihnachtsmarktNov 23 - Dec 22Official Website
LüneburgLüneburger Weihnachtsmarkt. Nov 25 - Dec 31Official Website
MainzMainzer WeihnachtsmarktNov 25 - Dec 23Official Website
MannheimMannheimer WeihnachtsmarktNov 22 - Dec 23Official Website
MunichMünchner ChristkindlmarktNov 22 - Dec 24Official Website
MunichChinesischer Turm WeihnachtsmarktTBAOfficial Website
MunichSchwabinger Weihnachtsmarkt TBAOfficial Website
MunichMittelalterlicher Weihnachtsmarkt MünchenNov 22 - Dec 23 Official Website
MunichPink ChristmasTBAOfficial Website
MünsterWeihnachtsmarkt
*Rund um das Rathaus* Münster
Nov 22 - Dec 23Official Website
NurembergNürnberger ChristkindlesmarktNov 26 - Dec 24Official Website
OsnabrückWeihnachtsmarkt OsnabrückTBA
PaderbornPaderborner WeihnachtsmarktNov 19 - Dec 23Official Website
PassauPassauer ChristkindlmarktNov 24 - Dec 23Official Website
PlauenPlauener WeihnachtsmarktNov 27 - Dec 22Official Website
RecklinghausenWeihnachtsmarkt RecklinghausenTBAOfficial Website
RegensburgChristkindlmarkt auf dem NeupfarrplatzNov 22 - Dec 23Official Website
RegensburgRomantischen Weihnachtsmarkt auf Schloss Thurn und TaxisNov 19 - Dec 31Official Website
RegensburgLucrezia MarktTBAOfficial Website
RegensburgAdventsmarkt im St. Katharinenspital TBAOfficial Website
RostockRostocker WeihnachtsmarktNov 22 - Dec 22Official Website
Rüdesheim
Rüdesheimer Weihnachtsmarkt der NationenNov 22 - Dec 23Official Website
SaarbrückenSaarbrücker Christkindl-Markt
Alt-Saarbrücker Weihnachtsmarkt
Mittelalterliche Weihnachtsmarkt
TBAOfficial Website
Schwäbisch HallSchwäbisch Hall WeihnachtszauberNov 25 - Dec 22Official Website
SiegenSiegener WeihnachtsmarktNov 19 - Dec 23Official Website
StraslundStralsunder Weihnachtsmarkt TBAOfficial Website
StuttgartStuttgarter WeihnachtsmarktNov 24 - Dec 23Official Website
TrierTrierer WeihnachtsmarktNov 19 - Dec 22Official Website
TübingenTübinger Weihnachtsmarkt Dec 10 - Dec 12Official Website
ÜberlingenWeihnachtsmarkt ÜberlingenDec 9 - Dec 19Official Website
UlmUlmer WeihnachtsmarktTBAOfficial Website
VelenVelener Waldweihnachtsmarkt[Weekends Only]

Nov 26 - Nov 28
Dec 3 - Dec 5
Dec 10 - Dec 12
Dec 17 - Dec 19
Official Website
WaldshutWaldshuter Weihnachtsmarkt Nov 27 - Dec 22Official Website
WeimarWeimarer WeihnachtsmarktNov 23 - Jan 4, 2022
Wernigeröde
Wernigeröder Weihnachtsmarkt
Nov 26 - Dec 22Official Website
WiesbadenWiesbadener WeihnachtsmarktTBAOfficial Website
WismarWismarer Weihnachtsmarkt
Nov 22 - Dec 22Official Website
WolfsburgWolfsburger WeihnachtsmarktTBAOfficial Website
WürzburgWürzburger Weihnachtsmarkt[Weekends Only]

Nov 27 - Nov 28
Dec 4 - Dec 5
Dec 11 - Dec 12
Dec 18 - Dec 19
Official Website
ZwickauZwickauer WeihnachtsmarktTBAOfficial Website

Here are some other pages with confirmed dates for Christmas markets in Europe, broken down by country:

Confirmed German Christmas Market Cancellations for 2021

Before we dive into the list, here are a few things you should know:

  • Most places have multiple Christmas markets that are organized by different groups, hence the cancellation of one specific market does not necessarily mean all the events in that city are cancelled. I’ve done my best to clarify specific markets where these exceptions apply
  • Even in cities that will still be hosting Christmas markets, the markets will look very different to what they have looked like in the past, likely with significant spacing between stalls, restrictions on pedestrian traffic flow, limitations on programming and food/drink, etc.
  • Any plans for Christmas markets in Germany are contingent on the current situation being controlled. Any spikes in cases are likely to result in plans changing, so be wary of this!
  • Lastly, the situation is changing daily, so be sure to check direct sources like tourism board websites before making any plans

As of May 2021, very few German Christmas markets have been officially cancelled. Here are the ones that have made the decision though:

  • Oberelsbach: The decision was made in March and confirmed here

NOTE: The cancellations below are all from 2020 and were left here for your reference. Just because they were cancelled last year does not necessarily mean the same will happen this year.

Christmas Market Cancellations 2020 in Bavaria

Bavaria (known as Bayern in German) is Germany’s largest state, with a roster of famous Christmas markets that are among the best known in the world (like Nuremberg and Munich).

Here are some Bavarian Christmas Markets officially cancelled their events in 2020:

  • Auerbach: The town’s Bergwerksweihnacht celebration has officially been cancelled for 2020
  • Augsburg: The main Christmas market in Augsburg is still scheduled to take place, however smaller markets in the city and in nearby districts have been cancelled, such as the Elisabethmarkt at Sankt Elisabeth KJF Berufsbildungs- und Jugendhilfezentrums.
  • Kreis Augsburg: Elsewhere in Kreis Augsburg, the following markets have been confirmed as cancelled: Weihnachtsmarkt Bobingen, Weihnachtsmarkt Fischach, Adventsmarkt Großaitingen, Weihnachtsmarkt Horgau, Adventsmarkt Klosterlechfeld, Weihnachtsmarkt Meitingen, Weihnachtsmarkt Mickhausen, Weihnachtsmarkt Oberschönenfeld, Weihnachtsmarkt, Stadtbergen Engerlmarkt Thierhaupten, Weihnachtsmarkt Untermeitingen, Weihnachtsmarkt Walkertshofen, Weihnachtsmarkt Wehringen, Weihnachtsmarkt Welden, Christkindlmarkt Zusmarshausen
  • Coburg Christmas Market: The Christmas market in Coburg has officially been cancelled for 2020
  • Christkindlmarkt auf der Fraueninsel: Officially cancelled for 2020
  • Freising Christmas Market: The Christkindlmarkt am Freisinger Marienplatz has officially been cancelled for 2020.
  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen: The town’s annual White Night 2020 has been officially cancelled, and some sources report that the Christmas market will also be cancelled this year
  • Haideck Christmas Market: The Heidecker Weihnachtsmarkt has officially been cancelled for 2020.
  • Herzogenaurach: The Herzogenaurach Christmas Market and Advent Calendar have been officially cancelled for 2020.
  • Kreis Aichach-Friedberg: The following Christmas markets have been confirmed as cancelled in Kreis Aichach-Friedberg – Kathreinmarkt Aindling, Weihnachtsmarkt Affing, Weihnachtsmarkt Dasing, Waldweihnacht Gut Mergenthau, Kipferlmarkt Hofhegnenberg, Adventsmarkt Rehling, Weihnachtsmarkt Schiltberg
  • Kreis Donau-Ries: The following Christmas markets have been confirmed as cancelled in Kreis Donau-Rie – Bäuerliche Weihnacht auf der Bäldleschwaige, Romantischer Weihnachtsmarkt auf der Altstadtinsel Ried in Donauwörth, Weihnachtsmarkt Harburg, Christkindelsmarkt Oettingen (but an alternative is planned), Schlossweihnacht in Rain (to be replaced by a small version)
  • Kreis Günzberg: The following Christmas marekts have been confirmed as cancelled in Kreis Günzberg: Dorfweihnacht Bubesheim, Schlossweihnacht Burgau, Weihnachtsmarkt Burtenbach – die Schlossweihnacht hingegen findet statt, Weihnachtsmarkt Gundremmingen, Nikolausmarkt Günzburg, Adventsmarkt Jettingen, Nikolausmarkt, Christkindlesmarkt und Adventsbasar Leipheim, Weihnachtsmarkt Offingen, Dorfweihnacht Rettenbach, Weihnachtsmarkt Thannhausen, Adventsmarkt Waldstetten
  • Kreis Landsberg: The following Christmas markets have been confirmed as cancelled in Kreis Landsberg: Weihnachtsmarkt Dießen am Ammersee, Adventsmarkt Eresing, Advent am Fuggerplatz, Kaufering, Christkindlmarkt Utting am Ammersee
  • Kreis Neuburg-Schrobenhausen: The following Christmas markets have been confirmed as cancelled in Kreis Neuburg-Schrobenhausen – the Weihnachtswerkstatt im Rathausfletz in Neuburg an der Donau, the Weihnachtsmarkt in Unterhausen
  • Kreis Neu-Ulm: The following Christmas markets have been confirmed as cancelled in Kreis Neu-Ulm -Weihnachtsmarkt Illertissen, Roggenburger Weihnachtsmarkt, Weihnachtsmarkt Senden, Adventsmarkt Vöhringen, Nikolausmarkt Weißenhorn
  • Kreis Unterallgäu: The following Christmas markets have been confirmed as cancelled in Kreis Unterallgäu – Pfaffenhausen leuchtet, Weihnachtsmarkt Türkheim
  • Lindau Christmas Market: Both the Hafenweihnacht und Jahrmarkt in Lindau have been officially cancelled for 2020.
  • Miltenberg Christmas Market: Officially cancelled for 2020, and will be replaced by a new festive concept known as “Miltenberger Weihnachtszeit” (Miltenberg Christmas Time) which includes a program of festive performances rather than a traditional market
  • Mitterskirchen: The Weihnachtsmarkt am Wassergarten in Mitterskirchen has officially been cancelled for 2020.
  • Munich: The Münchner Christkindlmarkt, Medieval Christmas Market, Chinese Tower Christmas Market and Winter Tollwood 2020 have all been officially cancelled in Munich, along with the Christmas market at Munich airport which was officially cancelled months in advance.
  • Rothenbuch Christmas Market: Officially cancelled for 2020
  • Tegernseer Adventszauber: This lakeside Christmas event which includes 3 markets along the lake was officially cancelled earlier in August, but they are currently examining other smaller festive alternatives.
  • Tischenreuth Christmas Market: The Kunsthandwerklichen Weihnachtsmarkt has been officially cancelled for 2020

NOTE: I will also be posting updates as I find them on Instagram here.

Christmas Market Cancellations 2020 in North Rhine-Westphalia

North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) is Germany’s most populous state. It’s home to some of the most famous Christmas markets in the entire country, including the ones in Cologne, Düsseldorf and Dortmund, as well as lesser-known gems like the ones in Essen.

Here were the Christmas markets that were cancelled in 2020 in North Rhine-Westphalia:

  • Aachen Christmas Market: The Christmas Market in Aachen has officially been cancelled for 2020.
  • Cologne Christmas Market: The famous Christmas market in front of Cologne Cathedral has been cancelled, along with Christmas markets in the Old Town. In spite of these cancellations, city officials have said that they will still try to keep the Christmas spirit alive with festive decorations. There are also other Christmas markets in the city that have not yet been cancelled.
  • Dortmund Christmas Market: While a number of Christmas markets will continue on in Dortmund this year, the Phantastischer Lichter Weihnachtsmarkt has officially been cancelled.
  • Düsseldorf Christmas Market: While sources claim that Christmas markets in Düsseldorf are likely going ahead this year, the markets will look a lot different due to adjusted safety and hygiene regulations. It is said that there will be no market stalls on Flinger Str, and the Engelchenmarkt will be cancelled.
  • Essen Christmas Market: Some smaller markets in Essen such as the Borbeck Christmas Market and Haarzopf have been cancelled, however the main market in the city center is said to still be in the works.
  • Harsewinkel Christmas Market: The Harsewinkeler Weihnachtsmarkt has officially been cancelled for 2020.
  • Herne Christmas Market: The Herner Weinachstmarkt has been officially cancelled for 2020.
  • Hohenlimburg Castle Christmas Market: The Weihnachtsmarkt am Schloss Hohenlimburg was already cancelled back in April 2020
  • Hamm Christmas Market: The Christmas market in Rhynern has already been cancelled for 2020, as has the Tünner Weihnachtsmarkt and the Weihnachtsmarkt in Uentrop.
  • Monschau Christmas Market: The Christmas market in Monschau has officially been cancelled for 2020, but the town hopes to still be decorated in a Christmas way, with some market stalls available year round for visitors.
  • Präst Christmas Market: The Praester Weihnachtsmarkt has officially been cancelled for 2020.
  • Reinbach Christmas Market: the Reinbacher Weinachtsmarkt has officially been cancelled for 2020.
  • Siegburg Christmas Market: The Medieval market in Siegburg has officially been cancelled for 2020.

Christmas Market Cancellations 2020 in Baden-Württemberg

Baden-Württemberg is both Germany’s third most populous state and also its third largest.

Not only does it have several well-known Christmas markets like the ones in Stuttgart, it also borders Alsace, a region in France that has (honestly) some of the most magical Christmas markets in the world, like the ones in Strasbourg and Colmar.

You can read my full list of amazing Christmas markets in the Alsace here.

Here were the Christmas markets that were cancelled in 2020 in Baden-Württemberg:

  • Calw Christmas Market: The Calw Christmas Market has officially been cancelled for 2020.
  • Crailsheim Advent Carré: The Crailsheim Advent Carré has officially been cancelled for 2020.
  • Donaueschingen Christmas Market: The Donaueschinger Weihnachtsmarkt has officially been cancelled for 2020.
  • Eberbacher Christmas Market: Eberbacher Weihnachtsmarkt has officially been cancelled for 2020
  • Heidelberg Christmas Market: The famous Christmas market in Heidelberg has officially been cancelled for 2020.
  • Heudorf Christmas Market: The Heudorfer Christkindlmarkt has officially been cancelled for 2020.
  • Karlsruhe Christmas Market: The Weihnachtsmarkt und Eiszeit in Karlsruhe have officially been cancelled for 2020;.
  • Königsfeld Christmas Market: The Königsfelder Weihnachtsmarkt has officially been cancelled for 2020.
  • Lörrach Christmas Market: The Lörracher Weihnachtsmarkt has officially been cancelled for 2020, however they are planning a smaller alternative Christmas program for the year.
  • Ludwigsburg Christmas Market: While they had initially announced a scaled down version of their Christmas market for 2020, the Ludwigsburg Christmas Market has now been cancelled entirely for 2020.
  • Meßkirch Christmas Market: The Schlossweihnacht in Meßkirch has been officially cancelled for 2020.
  • Rheinfelden Christmas Market: The Christmas market in Rheinfelden has been officially cancelled for 2020.
  • Schloss Salem Christmas Market: The Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss Salem has officially been cancelled for 2020.
  • Schönwald Christmas Market: The Schönwalder Weihnachtsmarkt (which bills itself as the highest Christmas market in Germany) has been officially cancelled for 2020.
  • Schwetzingen Christmas Market: The Kurfürstliche Weihnachtsmarkt Schwetzingen has officially been cancelled for 2020, although organizers are looking into alternative concepts for festivities.
  • Neuenburg am Rhein Christmas Market: The traditional market at Neuenburg am Rhein has been cancelled for 2020, according to the official event page
  • Pullendorf Advent Magic: The Adventszauber in Pfullendorf (including both the Christmas market and the popular ‘Angel’s Descent’) has been officially cancelled for 2020.
  • Triberg Christmas Magic: The Triberger Weihnachtszauber specacle at the famous waterfalls have officially been cancelled for 2020
  • Überlinger Christmas Market: The Christmas market in Überlinger has officially been cancelled for 2020, however they are hoping to still have an ice skating rink this year.
  • Winnenden Christmas Market: The Winnender Weihnachtsmarkt has officially been cancelled for 2020 however an alternative Christmas village program is being planned with some stalls and events.
  • Vogtsbauernhof Christmas Market: The Weihnachtsmarkt im Schwarzwälder Freilichtmuseum Vogtsbauernhof in Gutach has officially been cancelled for 2020, however they are curently planning a digital alternative where you can view exhibitors online

Christmas Market Cancellations 2020 in Rhineland-Palatinate

Rhineland-Palatinate is a state located on the western side of Germany, along the borders with France, Luxembourg and Belgium. Some of the country’s most beloved Christmas markets (like Mainz and Koblenz) can be found here.

Here were the Christmas markets that were cancelled in 2020 in Rhineland-Palatinate:

A Christmas market in Mainz

Christmas Market Cancellations 2020 in Berlin

Berlin (which yes, is a city-state in Germany) has the unique honour of hosting over 70 different Christmas markets during the festive season.

This sheer variety is made all the more confusing when you consider that each market has its own set of dates, locations, organizers, etc.

Unfortunately, pretty much all of Berlin’s Christmas markets were cancelled in 2020.

Christmas Market Cancellations 2020 in Brandenburg

The state’s Minister-President initially said that he could see Christmas markets taking place, so long as they adapted their programming and concepts to new hygiene restrictions, but pretty much all ended up being cancelled.

Here were some of the Christmas markets that were cancelled in 2020 in Brandenburg:

  • Liebenberg Christmas Market: The popular Weihnachtsmarkt auf dem Schloss und Gut Liebenberg has officially been cancelled for 2020
  • Neuzelle Christmas Market: The traditional Weihnachtsmarkt in Neuzelle has been cancelled for 2020
  • Potsdam: The Weihnachtsmarkt “Blauer Lichterglanz” in Potsdam has officially been cancelled for 2020
  • Zehdenicker Laternenzauber: The Zehdenicker Laternenzauber has been cancelled for 2020

Christmas Market Cancellations 2020 in Bremen

Bremen is another city state in Germany that (much like Berlin) had not yet made any concrete decisions regarding Christmas market cancellations until the last minute, however pretty much all ended up being cancelled.

Christmas Market Cancellations 2020 in Hamburg

Hamburg also waited a long time to officially cancel their markets, but they did end up cancelling pretty much all their markets last year.

Christmas Market Cancellations 2020 in Hesse

The state of Hesse (AKA Hessen in German) is home to some really well-known Christmas markets including the Christmas markets in Frankfurt and Kassel.

Here were some of the Christmas markets that were cancelled in 2020 in Hesse:

  • Biebertal Christmas Market: The Biebertal Christmas market has officially been cancelled for 2020.
  • Frankfurt Christmas Market: Frankfurt was previously intent on hosting some form of Christmas markets this year, however according to their official website here, the decision has been made to cancel Frankfurt Christmas market this year. The Christmas market at the Stadtwaldhaus has also already been cancelled.
  • Lohfelden Christmas Market: The Lohfeldener Weihnachtsmarkt has officially been cancelled for 2020.
  • Schwalm Christmas Market: The Schwalm Christmas Market has officially been cancelled for 2020 according to its website here.
  • Witzenhausen Christmas Market: The Christmas Market in Witzenhausen has officially been cancelled for 2020, however they are planning an alternative Christmas program to take its place.

Christmas Market Cancellations 2020 in Lower Saxony

Lower Saxony (known as Niedersachsen in German) is home to several large cities with prominent Christmas markets, including Hannover, Braunschweig and Oldenburg.

Here were some of the Christmas markets that were cancelled in 2020 in Lower Saxony:

I will update this post when I find out more about Christmas market cancellations in Lower Saxony.

Christmas Market Cancellations 2020 in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is a state in Northern Germany that is home to some of the largest Christmas markets in the northern part of the country (the Christmas markets in Rostock being a particular highlight).

Here were some of the Christmas markets that were cancelled in 2020 in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern:

  • Altentreptow Christmas Market: The “Treptower Wihnacht” has officially been cancelled for 2020, however discussions are still taking place regarding other Christmas markets in Altentreptow.
  • Parchim Martinimarkt: The Martinimarkt in Parchim has officially been cancelled for 2020. NOTE: This is not an official Christmas market, but rather a winter festival at the beginning of November quite similar in nature.

Christmas Market Cancellations 2020 in Saarland

Saarland, located in West Germany, is (apart from city states like Berlin, Bremen and Hamburg) the country’s smallest state in terms of both area and population.

The capital of Saarland is Saarbrücken, where the state’s most well-known Christmas market takes place.

Here were some of the Christmas markets that were cancelled in 2020 in Saarland:

  • St Wendel Christmas and Medieval Market: Officially cancelled for 2020

Christmas Market Cancellations 2020 in Saxony

The German state of Saxony (AKA Sachsen in German) is home to some of the oldest and most respected Christmas markets in the country, including the Striezelmarkt in Dresden.

Unfortunately, pretty much all markets in the state were cancelled in 2020.

Christmas Market Cancellations 2020 in Saxony-Anhalt

Saxony Anhalt (AKA Sachsen Anhalt in German) is a state in West Germany bordered by Brandenburg, Saxony, Thuringia and Lower Saxony.

Unfortunately, pretty much all markets in the state were cancelled in 2020.

Christmas Market Cancellations 2020 in Schleswig-Holstein

Schleswig-Holstein is Germany’s northernmost state (bordering Denmark).

Here were some of the markets officially cancelled in Schlewsig-Holstein in 2020

Christmas Market Cancellations 2020 in Thuringia

Thuringia is a state located in central Germany, bordered by Bavaria, Hesse, Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, and Saxony.

Unfortunately, pretty much all markets in the state were cancelled in 2020.

Do you have any updates or tips on Christmas market cancellations I missed? Let me know in the comments!

I’ve tried my best to research and stay up to date on Xmas market cancellations, but with everything changing daily, it’s easy for some news to slip between the cracks. Let me know in the comments below if there are any cancellations I missed in this list that you know about! Thanks in advance.


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6 thoughts on “Which German Christmas Markets Have Been Cancelled for 2021? An Updated List”

  1. What a comprehensive list!! I can only imagine all the time and dedication it has taken you to comply/update this list–thank you so much for this, such a big help:) Hopefully we will be able to enjoy some of Germany’s magical Weihnachtsmärkte this year, albeit with some medications!

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  2. I read yesterday that the christmas market at Rudesheim am rhein. Hessen as also been cancelled,Thought you might like add it to your list

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  3. Thank you very much for putting this list together. As an EXPAT it is sometimes difficult to find these details in the local news. Very much appreciated!!!

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  4. Maybe it might be easier to start a new list tracking what is open in Germany for Holiday Season 2020? Thanks again for all your work. I am checking your site multiple times a month to see what will be open this December. Fingers crossed!

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