Saxony in Germany has quite a few lovely places to discover and if you’re visiting in December, why not stop by the Chemnitz Christmas Market? It’s snug right in the center, and albeit not big, it’s charming indeed. Plus, it can be nicely combined with a visit to nearly Dresden Christmas Market and the Xmas market in Leipzig.
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Chemnitz Germany Christmas market Key info
When is the Christmas market in Chemnitz open?
29 November to 23 December 2019
10am to 8pm Sun-Thu, 10am to 8pm Fri-Sat
23 Dec 10am – 8pm
the Christmas market of Chemnitz
market is located in front of the town hall on the market square. Next, there’
the street Innere Klosterstraße with plenty of stalls as well. Here’s a list of
the Chemnitz Christmas
What makes the Xmas Market in Chemnitz special?
marketplace and town hall of Chemnitz are a pretty sight as such but during
December, the twinkling lights and gorgeous decorations enhance the magical
the town hall is made up of two buildings: the Old Town hall from the 15th
century and the Modern Town hall from the early 20th century. Their
iconic tower is from the 12th century even and used to be the
residence of the local governor.
the Chemnitz Xmas market
features 230 stalls, many of which sell products from the ore Mountains. This
is reflected in the décor as well.
There is a
five-storey (12 meters/39 feet) high Christmas pyramid in Chemnitz and a 5 meter (16 feet) high, traditional
candle arch (Schwibbogen), too. Around the market, larger than life
Christmas figures and an oversized musical box complete the look.
It all makes
for great photos! After all, the theme here is “Erzgebirgisches
Weihnachtsambiente” (Ore Mountain Christmas Atmosphere).
central Christmas market, you can attend a medieval Christmas market in Chemnitz as well.
Vendors are dressed in historic outfits, you can get fire roasted meats, hot
mead and listen to some medieval tunes. There’s even a giant wooden swing for
not least, step into the Lichtenstein Palace. Inside, you can look at 140
Nativity scenes from 33 countries and four continents! I bet it’s hard to pick
What’s the Winterdorf
Winterdorf translates to winter village and it’s a
separate winter market that is hosted by a local restraint near the river. Here,
you can eat and drink around the ice rink. It’s possible to rent it for larger
groups or events to have entirely to yourself.
Winterdorf open from November 30 onwards daily after 6pm. Renting for an
hour costs 40€. There’s also a separate ice stick rink for playing ice stick
What are the best
souvenirs to bring home?
the Ore Mountain theme, let’s start with souvenirs from the region. A classic German
must have for creating Christmasy smells at home are the carved pipe-smoking
figures, usually depicting bearded old men in pointy hats doing crafts and
chores. Locally they are called Raachermann
and across Germany they are referred to as Räuchermännchen.
nowadays come in all shapes and forms and can even be a smoking chimneys. When
you buy yours, don’t forget to stock up on the incense cones either as they are
locally hand-made. The good ones don’t smell like anything if they are unlit so
ask the vendor about the different scents.
some more German Christmas decorations in the form of wooden nutcrackers or
ornaments and figurines of miners, angels and snowmen.
As always, you
can pay the deposit when you order a hot beverage like mulled wine (Glühwein) or brandy punch (Feuerzangenbowle) and keep the mug.
Those are collectibles among Germans and the differ each year and for each
market (often even within the same city).
sold at Christmas markets is perishable and you might not be able to take it
home. Though a lebkuchen heart doesn’t really go bad. It just hardens and is no
longer edible but makes for a nice piece of decoration.
Is there an event programme?
typical with Christmas markets in Germany, Chemitz too has an event schedule
with special performances. The most important ones are commonly at the start of
the Christmas market.
For instance, on the day prior to the first Advent Sunday, the Miners Parade comes into town. A marching music band of 1000 musicians and singers in folk attire parades through Chemnitz Christmas market and brings some Christmas cheer to the night. Afterwards, they will stop and play a little concert.
Where is Chemnitz?
Chemnitz is the third largest city of the German federal state of Saxony and is located in the Southwest of the state. It was named after the river that flows in its North.
You can easily reach it via German train or intercity buses like Flixbus.
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