Medieval Shows & a World Record at Gotha Christmas Market, Germany
It’s by far not the most impressive Christmas market in Germany but if you are in the federal state of Thuringia, you might want to see the biggest candle arch.
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Gotha Christmas market opening times:
25 November to 30 December 2019 (one of the few Christmas markets open after
Hours: 11am to 8pm (Sun-Thu), 11am
to 9pm (Fri-Sat)
2 to 7 January 2020
Hours: 11am to 8pm (Tues-Thu, Sun),
11am to 10pm (Fri-Sat)
Gotha is located in the west of Thuringia, the centermost state of Germany. It’s the fifth biggest town of the state and boasts a grand, early Baroque palace overlooking the historic town center.
between Erfurt (the capital) and Eisenach (which is famous for Martin Luther
and the devils mark in the Castle of Eisenach).
What makes Gotha’s Christmas Market special?
The Christmas market of Gotha
is rather small, to be honest. It’s very much concentrated around the historic
pink townhall and you can get all cozy around the market stalls.
has one record breaking feature: You can enter the world’s largest accessible
candle arch (Schwibbogen)! Typically
they are just decoration for your window sill and originate from the Ore
mountain region of Germany.
The arch measures
13x5x8 meters (43x16x26 feet) and features a hot beverage bar. There’s also a large,
green Christmas pyramid in the front.
On top of the food and crafts huts, you have the opportunity of doing some spins at the newly added ice rink, provided by Duparrés EISWELT Gotha.
Every day at 6pm, the giant Christmas calendar gets opened and a voucher is raffled off. (Do you have your German Christmas calendar yet? It’s a great gift, too.)
Where is the Gotha Xmas Market?
Castle you can start your descent down into the town center towards the square Neumarkt. On the weekends, the market
sprawls out onto both Buttermarkt and
oberer Hauptmarkt as well.
typical for a German Christmas market, you will find a tall live fir tree with
Christmas decoration in the midst of all the holiday bustle.
Medieval Insights at the Gotha Castle Christmas Market
The second Xmas market in Gotha is located in the Palace and features two new winter markets. One that runs throughout the Christmas season and one in the first week of January. This way you have a better chance of visiting this charming location at one of the most magical times of the year.
there to see? Inside the courtyard, which is lined by the palace’s iconic archways,
Christmas huts are set up around a giant Christmas tree, selling local goods,
handcrafted items and produce, such as hand-blown glassware or locally exclusive
Check the event schedule for what’s happening at the market stage as there are dance groups and choirs scheduled to perform live. On 22 December at 4:30pm, the band M&Ms will play, for instance. (The official site is in German but you can scroll down for the calendar here.) You can also get active at the 15×30 meter (49×98 feet) ice rink.
extra special here is that the market is supposed to be a living history class
with vendors dressed up in historic outfits. The German Order of Knights
even sets up interactive tents with armor and medieval fashion.
My Gotha Christmas Market Review
in the region, check out the Christmas markets in Gotha on weekend evenings.
During weekdays, it’s rather unassuming and super quiet as the city isn’t that
rather underwhelmed when I visited during the day. And with the Castle
Christmas market now being reopened, lasting longer and free on top of it all, Gotha
in December is definitely worth a short trip.
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