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Phil Hopkins
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1:00 AM 9th December 2023
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Ancient German Christmas Market Open For Business

 
Leipzig Christmas Market
Leipzig Christmas Market
As temperatures drop and snow flurries abound, attention turns to all things Christmassy including the plethora of festive Euro markets, not forgetting Leipzig’s in Germany.

The Leipzig Christmas Market, which dates back to 1458, making it the second oldest Christmas market in Germany after Dresden’s Striezelmarkt in the capital of Saxony, runs until 23 December.

Just like 500 years ago, the Leipzig market blends harmoniously into the fascinating historical backdrop of the city centre and offers numerous culinary specialties, making it an ideal destination for Christmas shopping.

With more than 300 originally decorated stalls it is one of the largest and most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany.

Location

Traditionally, the main area of the Christmas market is the Old Market Square in front of the Old Town Hall where visitors can admire a Saxon spruce Christmas tree from the surrounding region, and enjoy a wide variety of performances on the market square stage.

Visitors should not miss the opportunity to listen to traditional trombone players every evening from the balcony of the Old Town Hall.

A 38-metre Ferris wheel offers a unique view of the Augustusplatz and its Christmas market. In front of the opera, families will definitely enjoy visiting the Fairy Tale Forest.

On the other side of the square, the Finnish village attracts visitors to Scandinavian stalls with enticing scent of smoked salmon and fruity Glögi – a mulled wine made from berries. Next door is the South Tyrolean Village, where you can sample many delicious Tyrolean specialities.