When it gets dark and the snow on the roofs of the market stalls shines in the bright glow of countless lights, the Munich Christmas Market on Marienplatz is the most beautiful.
The approximately 3,000 lights of the large Christmas tree, which is the landmark of the market, glitter against the romantic backdrop of the neo-gothic town hall.
Gingerbread and plum manderl, wood products from Oberammergau, South Tyrol and the Erzgebirge and everything else that belongs to the Advent and Christmas season are offered in over a hundred stalls around the Marienplatz.
A delightful stroll through the Christmas market also includes tasting culinary delicacies. Hot mulled wine, punch and hot punch warm from the inside, freshly roasted almonds and hot chestnuts from the outside. The tempting scent of fried sausages invites you to feast. Sweet Advent specialities such as pepper nuts and bread are simply part of the Christmas market.
The Krampuslauf over Munich's Christkindlmarkt is an attraction for locals and tourists alike. The centuries-old alpine tradition of Krampus running goes back to the Christian mythological figures of benevolent bishop Nikolaus and his companion Krampus.
Today, many young people are reviving this 500-year-old tradition. The imposing figures in archaic masks and heavy fur costumes travel across the Munich Christmas Market.
With mulled wine, children's punch, Christmas cookies and festive music on board, the journey on the Christmassy decorated tram is an unforgettable experience. There is a special children's programme for young passengers on Sundays in Advent. The entrance and exit point is at the tram stop "Sendlinger Tor".
At the Munich Christkindlmarkt you have the opportunity to learn traditional Bavarian Christmas songs. In the lower foyer of the old town hall, two free singing lessons with Bavarian and Munich Christmas carols will take place on Sunday 2 Advent. Children and adults are cordially invited to sing together.
Participation in the singing lessons is free of charge, as well as the music provided. Registration is not required.
The Munich Christkindlmarkt offers a special service for your Christmas mail. If you would like to add a Christmas extra to your letters and cards, you can find the Christkindl post office in the passageway to the inner courtyard of the town hall. The Christmas mail will be stamped with the postmark "Christkindl" and delivered to the respective recipients all over the world in time for Christmas.
Letters to the Christ Child can also be handed in here. And of course the children will get an answer to this question. Every year the municipality of Christkindl near Steyr in Upper Austria sets up this Christmas post office.
In addition, there is a special stamp "Münchner Christkindlmarkt" for all collectors' friends and philatelists. A yellow special post box marked with the stamp image is located at the entrance to the town hall entrance (Fischbrunnen entrance). The mailbox is emptied daily. For the duration of the Christmas market, all items receive a special stamp with the current date.
From lanterns to oxen and donkeys: at the Munich Christmas Market you will find everything you need for a crib. The so-called "Kripperlmarkt" at the Richard-Strauss fountain in the pedestrian precinct is considered to be the largest in Germany.
Large oriental stately cribs or alpine mini variants are offered for sale as well as guaranteed unbreakable crib figures made of deceptively wood-like plastic mass. From the lantern for the stable to the offerings of the Three Magi, everything that belongs to a real crib can be found here.
The Kripperlmarkt at the Munich Christkindlmarkt has a long tradition. As early as the middle of the 19th century, this special department was separated as an independent nativity market, which lasted from the first Sunday of Advent to Epiphany. It was only after the Second World War that Christmas and nativity market were reunited.
Crib builders and those who want to become one can be inspired by the historic nativity scene in the town hall pomp that the Munich artist Reinhold Zellner created in 1953.