Christmas market at Marienplatz

The magic of the Christmas season

Every year, Munich's residents and their guests from near and far let themselves be enchanted by the charm of this atmospheric traditional market in the best parlour of the Bavarian capital. We look forward to seeing you again in winter 2021!

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 at Marienplatz is the most beautiful. The approximately 2,500 lights of the large Christmas tree, which is the landmark of the market, glitter against the romantic backdrop of the Neues Rathaus (new town hall). Year after year, visitors from far and wide mingle with the Munich locals in the city’s „best parlour” to join in the festive spirit and yuletide traditions celebrated at this charming Christmas market.

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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 (city center).

One of the great pleasures of a visit to the Christkindlmarkt is the opportunity to enjoy its particular culinary delights. There’s mulled wine and mead to give visitors that inner glow as well as freshly roasted almonds and chestnuts to keep body and soul together. Other traditional features of the Christkindlmarkt include tempting grilled sausages and Advent sweetmeats such as spicy “Pfeffernüsse” biscuits and “Magenbrot” cake.

“O, how joyful….”

Every year, the opening also marks the beginning of the musical programme. Unfortunately, no music programme can be offered in 2021 due to Corona.

 

The “Krampus Run”

The “Krampus Run” across the Christmas Market is great fun for locals and tourists alike. In 2021, the run will unfortunately have to be cancelled due to Corona. The 500-year old tradition of the “Krampus Run” dates back to the Christian mythological character of Bishop Saint Nicholas and his companion, “Krampus”. The members of “Sparifankerl Pass”, Munich's first “Krampus group”, dress up in archaic costumes, take a thrilling run across the Christmas Market and show up in the most unlikely places.

 

Munich Christmas Market Tours

Who participates in a Tour of the Munich Christmas Market will not only find lots of interesting facts about the past and present, but with a bit of luck also a chat with the stall owners. When there isn't too much going on, they tell you about their products, some of them have been on sale here for decades. Click here for booking.

Christkindl-Tram

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".

 

Songs Beneath the Christmas Tree

At the Munich Christkindlmarkt, you usually have the opportunity to learn traditional Bavarian and German Advent and Christmas songs. In 2021, unfortunately, the joint singing cannot take place due to the pandemic.

Christkindl post office and special postmark

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.

Kripperlmarkt

At St. Peter church, just a few steps from Marienplatz, Germany's largest Kripperlmarkt (meaning literally the “market of the holy manger”) is located. From the lantern for the stable to the offerings of the Three Magi, everything that belongs to a real crib can be found here.

Cribs have a long tradition in Munich. In 1757 an independent crib market took place for the first time from the 1. Advent to Epiphany.

Twelve stalls offer cribs, crib figures and accessories at the Kripperlmarkt. Almost every stand also has a special offer in the assortment: From the big oriental pompous crib to the alpine mini-version.

 

More information on the christmas market and all events can be found here.

 

 

Text: München Tourismus; Photos: Christian Kasper, Lukas Barth, MVG

Covid-19

The City of Munich is also affected by the nationwide measures to contain the coronavirus. The good news: hotels and accommodation establishments, indoor and outdoor gastronomy, bars and clubs and shops are open again. All other important information about the coronavirus and your stay in Munich can be found here.