German Christmas Market Opening Dates 2021: Officially Confirmed!

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When do Christmas markets open in Germany this year?

If you’re trying to research the answer to this question, you may have run into some trouble… that’s because the opening dates for Christmas markets in Germany vary by town, city & region.

Generally speaking though, you can expect most markets to open around the first Advent Sunday, and end (usually) just before Christmas Eve.

Of course, there are many exceptions to this! Some Christmas markets in Germany open earlier, and some stay open later even into January… and finding out the exact opening dates for each market can be a total headache.

That’s why we created this page for you, so you can peep the opening dates for Germany’s Christmas Markets quickly and at a glance.

We hope you find it helpful!

NOTE: This list is by no means exhaustive, and includes mainly bigger Christmas markets that we could find official websites and dates for. Let us know in the comments if you have any more we should add.

And be sure to check out my other site, Christmas Markets in Europe for more info.

Will Christmas Markets Be Cancelled This Year?

First – you might be wondering whether Christmas markets will happen at all, given that most were cancelled last year.

Here’s the good news: many Christmas market organizers in Germany have already begun planning, with confirmed dates & vendor applications already in the works. This means they are planning assuming that Christmas markets will be able to take place.

The bad news however is that nothing is a sure thing in these “uncertain times”. In fact, many Christmas markets last year were only cancelled a few weeks prior.

Optimistically though, with the vaccination program progressing in Germany, and the vast majority of Christmas markets being open-air, we feel fairly confident that Christmas markets will take place in Germany this year (even if it’s in an amended form).

So, what are the Christmas market dates in Germany we know of so far? See the table below for confirmed dates.

German Christmas Market Opening Dates 2021

Here are the current opening dates we know of for Germany’s Christmas markets.

CityChristmas Market Name2021 DatesOfficial WebsiteHotels
AachenAachener WeihnachtsmarktNov 19 - Dec 23Official Website
AltöttingAltöttinger ChristkindlmarktCancelledOfficial Website
AnsbachAnsbacher WeihnachtsmarktNov 25 - Dec 24Official Website
Anwanden (Zirndorf)Romantischer Weihnachtsmarkt Gut WolfgangshofDec 3 - 5
Dec 10 - 12
Dec 17 - 19
More Info
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 - Dec 4 (Ended Early)Official 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
CologneHeavenueNov 18 - 23Official Website
CologneMarkt der EngelNov 23 - Dec 23Official Website
CologneNikolausdorfNov 22 - Dec 23Official Website
CologneKölner Hafen-WeihnachtsmarktNov 19 - Dec 23Official Website
CologneWeihnachtsmarkt im StadtgartenNov 18 - Dec 23Official Website
DonaueschingenFürstenberg Weihnachtswelt Donaueschingen
Nov 26 - Nov 28Official Website
DortmundDortmunder WeihnachtsstadtNov 18 - Dec 30Official Website
DresdenDresdner StriezelmarktCancelledOfficial 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 WeihnachtsmarktCancelledOfficial Website
EssenInternationaler Weihnachtsmarkt Essen Nov 12 - Dec 23Official Website
EsslingenEsslinger Mittelaltermarkt
Esslinger Weihnachtsmarkt
CancelledOfficial Website
Europapark (Rust)Europapark Winter MagicNov 27 - Jan 9Official Website
FlensburgFlensburger WeihnachtsmarktNov 22 - Dec 31Official Website
FrankfurtFrankfurter WeihnachtsmarktNov 15 - Dec 22Official Website
FreiburgWeihnachtsmarkt FreiburgNov 18 - Dec 4 (Ended Early)Official Website
FreudenstadtFreudenstädter WeihnachtsmarktDec 10 - Dec 19Official Website
FriedrichshafenBodensee-WeihnachtNov 26 - Dec 22Official Website
GelsenkirchenBueraner WeihnachtsmarktNov 18 - Dec 23Official Website
GeraGerarer Märchenmarkt CancelledOfficial Website
GoslarGoslar Weihnachtsmarkt & WeihnachtswaldNov 24 - Dec 30Official Website
GöttingenGöttinger WeihnachtsmarktNov 22 - Dec 29Official Website
HamburgHamburger WeihnachtsmarktNov 22 - 23Official Website
HamburgWeihnachtlicher GänsemarktNov 22 - Dec 24Official Website
HamburgWeihnachtsmarkt St. PetriNov 22 - Dec 30Official Website
HamburgFleetweihnachtsmarkt Nov 22 - Dec 30Official Website
HamburgWeihnachtsmarkt OsterstraßeNov 18 - Dec 30Official Website
HamelnHamelner WeihnachtsmarktNov 24 - Dec 23Official Website
HannoverWeihnachtsmarkt HannoverNov 22 - Dec 22Official Website
HeidelbergHeidelberger WeihnachtsmarktNov 18 - Dec 4 (Ended Early)Official Website
HeidelbergWeihnachtsmarkt BismarckplatzNov 18 - Dec 4 (Ended Early)Official Website
HeidelbergWinterwäldchen auf dem KornmarktNov 18 - Dec 4 (Ended Early)Official Website
HeilbronnKäthchen-WeihnachtsmarktCancelledOfficial Website
HildesheimWeihnachtsmarkt Hildesheim
Nov 22 - Dec 29Official Website
HockenheimHockenheimer Advent
Nov 26 - Nov 28Official Website
IngolstadtChristkindlmarkt IngolstadtCancelledOfficial Website
KaiserslauternLautrer AdventNov 22 - Dec 23 (Weihnachtsmarkt)
Dec 27 - Dec 30 (Silvestermarkt)
Official Website
KarlsruheKarlsruher ChristkWeihnachtsmarkt OsnabrückindlesmarktNov 25 - Dec 4 (Ended Early)Official Website
KasselMärchen­weihnachtsmarkt KasselNov 22 - Dec 30Official Website
KemptenWeihnachtsmarkt KemptenCancelledOfficial Website
KleveKlever WeihnachtsmarktNov 26 - Dec 5Official Website
KoblenzKoblenzer WeihnachtsmarktNov 18 - Jan 9, 2022Official Website
KonstanzWeihnachtsmarkt am See KonstanzNov 25 - Dec 22Official Website
LeipzigLeipziger WeihnachtsmarktCancelledOfficial Website
LindauLindauer HafenweihnachtCancelledOfficial Website
LübeckLübecker WeihnachtsmarktNov 22 - Dec 30Official Website
LudwigsburgLudwigsburger Barock-WeihnachtsmarktCancelledOfficial Website
LüneburgLüneburger Weihnachtsmarkt. Nov 25 - Dec 31Official Website
MainzMainzer WeihnachtsmarktNov 25 - Dec 23Official Website
MannheimMannheimer WeihnachtsmarktNov 22 - Dec 4 (Ended Early)Official Website
MunichMünchner ChristkindlmarktCancelledOfficial Website
MunichChinesischer Turm WeihnachtsmarktCancelledOfficial Website
MunichSchwabinger Weihnachtsmarkt CancelledOfficial Website
MunichMittelalterlicher Weihnachtsmarkt MünchenCancelledOfficial Website
MunichPink ChristmasCancelledOfficial Website
MünsterWeihnachtsmarkt
*Rund um das Rathaus* Münster
Nov 22 - Dec 23Official Website
NurembergNürnberger ChristkindlesmarktCancelledOfficial Website
OsnabrückWeihnachtsmarkt OsnabrückNov 15 - Dec 5 (Ended Early)
PaderbornPaderborner WeihnachtsmarktNov 19 - Dec 23Official Website
PassauPassauer ChristkindlmarktCancelledOfficial Website
PlauenPlauener WeihnachtsmarktNov 27 - Dec 22Official Website
Ravenna GorgeRavenna Gorge Christmas MarketNov 26 – 28
Dec 3 – 4 (Ended Early)
Official Website
RegensburgChristkindlmarkt auf dem NeupfarrplatzCancelledOfficial Website
RegensburgRomantischen Weihnachtsmarkt auf Schloss Thurn und TaxisCancelledOfficial Website
RegensburgLucrezia MarktCancelledOfficial Website
RegensburgAdventsmarkt im St. Katharinenspital CancelledOfficial Website
RostockRostocker WeihnachtsmarktNov 22 - Dec 22Official Website
RüdesheimRüdesheimer Weihnachtsmarkt der NationenCancelledOfficial Website
SaarbrückenSaarbrücker Christkindl-Markt
Alt-Saarbrücker Weihnachtsmarkt
Mittelalterliche Weihnachtsmarkt
Nov 22 - Dec 23Official Website
Schwäbisch HallSchwäbisch Hall WeihnachtszauberNov 25 - Dec 22Official Website
SiegenSiegener WeihnachtsmarktNov 19 - Dec 23Official Website
StralsundStralsunder Weihnachtsmarkt Nov 22 - Dec 22
(Some locations until Jan 9, 2022)
Official Website
StuttgartStuttgarter WeihnachtsmarktCancelledOfficial Website
TrierTrierer WeihnachtsmarktNov 19 - Dec 22Official Website
TübingenTübinger Weihnachtsmarkt CancelledOfficial Website
ÜberlingenWeihnachtsmarkt ÜberlingenDec 9 - Dec 19Official Website
UlmUlmer WeihnachtsmarktNov 22 - Dec 4 (Ended Early)Official 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
WernigerodeWernigeröder Weihnachtsmarkt
CancelledOfficial Website
WiesbadenWiesbadener WeihnachtsmarktNov 23 - Dec 23Official Website
WismarWismarer Weihnachtsmarkt
Nov 22 - Dec 22Official Website
WolfsburgWolfsburger WeihnachtsmarktNov 22 - Dec 23Official Website
WürzburgWürzburger WeihnachtsmarktCancelledOfficial Website
ZwickauZwickauer WeihnachtsmarktNov 23 - Dec 23Official Website

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4 thoughts on “German Christmas Market Opening Dates 2021: Officially Confirmed!”

  1. Thank you for this! I’m in Germany celebrating. We just enjoyed Pforzheim and Karlsruhe markets today. I’m excited to enjoy Ulm’s market on Friday.

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    • Hi Kirstin, so happy to hear you had a good time! I heard the Pforzheim market just decided to close up for the season, so sounds like you got to enjoy it just in time. Enjoy Ulm! <3

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