With over 300 originally decorated stalls, it lives up to its reputation as one of the largest and most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany.
The tradition of the Leipzig Christmas market dates back to 1458. This makes it the second oldest Christmas market in Germany. Just like 500 years ago, it blends harmoniously into the fascinating historical backdrop of the city centre. With over 300 originally decorated stalls, it lives up to its reputation as one of the largest and most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany.
The traditional main area of the Christmas market is the market in front of the Old Town Hall. There you will find a 21-metre-high Christmas tree and the market stage with its extensive Christmas programme.
The well-known attractions are not to be missed either. In addition to the popular fairytale land on Augustusplatz, the 38-metre-high Ferris wheel offers a unique view over Leipzig.
Just a few metres further on, things get international. The Finnish village presents itself with typical Finnish delicacies such as glögi and flamed salmon, as well as the South Tyrolean village with specialities such as Schüttelbrot, Kaminwurzen and Winzerglühwein.
In the Salzgässchen, the historically modelled multi-storey carousel invites you to take a ride. The popular Feuerzangenbowle pyramid is located in the Nikolaikirchhof courtyard.
The "Old Leipzig" medieval market at the Naschmarkt introduces visitors to art and craft traditions.
Visitors can also enjoy a range of culinary delights. At the Christmas market, over 100 delicacies such as oven-fresh pretzels, Pulsnitz gingerbread, tarte flambée, langos, Kräppelchen, poffertjes, mulled beer, apple punch and Leipziger Stollen invite you to nibble and linger.
The Christmas decorations from the Ore Mountains and the large selection of toys, ceramics and spices are particularly popular souvenirs.
Visitors should also not miss out on listening to the traditional trombone blowers, who play daily from the balcony of the Old Town Hall (Mon-Thu 6 pm, Fri 7 pm, Sat-Sun 1 pm and 7 pm).
The world-famous St Thomas' Boys Choir performs concerts in St Thomas' Church during Advent.
The Leipzig Christmas market is particularly popular for its child-friendly attractions. In addition to the fairytale forest with its many adventure areas, the arrival of Father Christmas with the steam locomotive at the main railway station is another highlight. Santa's office hours take place on Thursday and Friday from 4 pm on the market stage. In Grimmaische Straße, nine large animal figures and mushrooms will light up between real fir trees on a ground covered in rice. The magical forest with deer, hare, fox and other animals offers just as impressive a photo opportunity as the six angels on St Thomas' Meadow. Little visitors get their money's worth in Leipzig! The Secret Santa workshop is also planned again.