Cologne Christmas markets

With the approach of December, the magic captures Cologne and the aroma of mulled wine and gingerbread fills the air.
There are seven Cologne Christmas markets. No matter which one you choose you will enjoy a wonderful time. If you want to visit several of the Cologne Christmas markets you can use the Christmas-Market-Express.

 Map of  the Cologne Christmas markets

List of  the Cologne Christmas markets

Cathedral Christmas market (Weihnachtsmarkt am Kölner Dom)
Located in front of the backdrop of the Cologne cathedral, Cathedral Christmas market is the most impressive one of the Cologne Christmas markets. Beneath the largest Christmas tree in Rhineland you will find about 150 wooden stalls with a great variety of high quality food and gifts.

Open from November 24 until December 23
From Sunday to Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 09:00 PM
Thursday and Friday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Web site: Cathedral Christmas market,  Program of the market

Angel’s Christmas market (Markt der Engel – Weihnachtsmarkt auf dem Neumarkt)
Situated on Neumarkt (New market) in the main shopping area, Angel’s Christmas market is the oldest one of the Cologne Christmas markets. The highlights of the market are the angels, dressed in glitter white and the appearing of Santa Claus on horseback once in a week.

Open from November 24 until December 23
From Sunday to Thursday: 11:00 AM – 09:00 PM
Friday and Saturday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Web site: Angel’s Christmas market,  Program of the market

Harbour Christmas market (Hafen-Weihnachtsmarkt am Schokoladenmuseum)
Located next to the Chocolate museum and overlooking the Rhine, the Harbour Christmas market brings a marine atmosphere to the city. The theme “Harbour and Christmas” reflects in the decoration and the products in the market. The 70 snow-white pagoda tents with pointed roofs offer delicious fish specialties and drinks. Don’t miss the sea shanties, pirates shows and the wooden three-mast boat in 15m length, from whose hull you can buy tasty mulled wine.

Open from November 21 until December 23 (Closed on November 23)
From Sunday to Thursday: 11:00 AM – 09:00 PM
Friday and Saturday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Web site: Harbour Christmas market

Old Christmas market (Der Heinzelmännchenmarkt – Weihnachtsmarkt auf dem Alter Markt)
The Old Christmas market is situated on Alter Markt, in the heart of the city in front of the Cologne City Hall. It is devoted to the famous house gnomes (Heinzelmännchen). According to the legend the house gnomes help citizens of Cologne and do all the work for them. One day a tailor’s wife decided that she had to see the creatures. She threw peas onto the floor of the workshop, so when the house gnomes come, they would slip and fall. Her actions had disaster consequences. The gnomes got angry, disappeared and had never returned since this day. The puppet theater and the Santa Claus’ quarter contribute to the idyllic and fairytale atmosphere of the market.

Open from November 21 until December 23
Daily: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Web site: Old Christmas market

Village of St.Nicholas (Nikolausdorf – Weihnachtsmarkt auf dem Rudolfplatz)
The market is located in front of the Hahnentorburg, one of the Cologne’s mediaeval gates. You will feel like in a real fairytale while walking between the stalls, themed with stories of the Brothers Grimm.

Open from November 25 until December 23
From Sunday to Thursday: 11:00 AM – 09:00 PM
Friday and Saturday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Web site: Village of St.Nicholas

Christmas market in the Stadtgarten (Weihnachtsmarkt im Stadtgarten)
This Christmas market is located in Stadtgarten – one of the oldest parks in Cologne. The exhibitions of its 80 stalls changes weekly. You will never get bored in this Christmas village with its numerous puppet shows, children’s theatre, story tellers and jazz concerts.

Open from November 24 until December 23
From Monday to Friday: 04:00 PM – 09:30 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 12:00 PM – 09:30 PM
Web site: Christmas market in the StadtgartenProgram of the market

Gay and Lesbian Christmas Market (Schwul-lesbischer Weihnachtsmarkt)
The last one of the Cologne Christmas markets is located on Rudolfplaz. With its purple and pink stalls, many cabarets and sparkling shows, the market gives an extravagance to the Christmas atmosphere of the city.

Open from November 24 until December 23
From Monday to Thursday: 12:00 PM – 10:30 PM
From Friday to Sunday: 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Have you visited any of the Cologne Christmas markets? Please leave your comment below.

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