A woman with curly hair is eyeing decoration out of straw at a sales booth at the christmas market in Munich.

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December: Christmas market & Night of the Proms

In December, Munich shimmers and slides in a race: small groups meet on the Nymphenburg Canal for curling. At the somewhat different "Pink Christmas" Christmas market, it's all about attracting attention and a relaxed get-together.

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Events in December 2022: Typically Munich

 

Christmas market at Marienplatz

The classic among Munich's Christmas markets is the Christkindlmarkt around Marienplatz - the largest and most traditional in the city. Until Christmas Eve, there is Christmas music, high-quality handicrafts, mulled wine, roasted desert and roasted almonds in front of the illuminated backdrop of the town hall, the Frauendom and the church Alter Peter. And between the stalls, the huge Munich Christmas tree towers up.

Christmas market, date not yet fixed, Marienplatz

TIP: Book the Christkindlmarkt tour at Marienplatz. On this tour you will learn interesting facts about the history and present of the market and get in the mood for Christmas in the wonderful atmosphere.

 

Top events in December 2022

 

"Night of the Proms"

At the "Night of the Proms" from 16. to 18.12.2022 in the Olympic Hall, classical music and pop sounds meet in a fascinating way. Famous musicians will sing their greatest hits from all possible genres and eras with symphony orchestras. Always with them: songs like "Music was my first love" and "Land of hope and glory".

Night of the Proms, 16. to 18.12.2022, Olympic Hall

 

 

Top events in December 2022

 

Heim + Handwerk 2022 (craft fair)

This is about style, about furnishing and the question: Are you still living or are you already living? The "Heim + Handwerk" trade fair at the exhibition centre is the largest of its kind in southern Germany and is expected to attract around 100,000 visitors with a good thousand exhibitors. They will find inspiration in the fields of furniture, crafts and the latest ideas of young designers. Experts will be on hand to provide advice on topics such as "Tiny Houses" or children's rooms that grow with their age.

Heim + Handwerk 2021, 30.11. to 4.12.2022, Munich Trade Fair Centre

 

Pink Christmas

... there is no way around the Glockenbachviertel. At the idyllic Stephansplatz the Christmas market "Pink Christmas" shows that Christmas does not always have to be traditional. Munich residents love the unusual atmosphere of pop music, a prosecco bar, travesty shows with Whitney Houston doubles, kitsch and pink plush. The fact that heterosexuals, gays and lesbians celebrate together here shows the respectful and self-evident living and letting live in the city. The proceeds will go to the AIDS relief organization and social projects in Munich, among others.

Pink Christmas, date not yet fixed, Stephansplatz

What else happens in Munich in December:

 

Curling on the Nymphenburg Canal

The best thing is to shoot straight away! Because too much ambition harms the pleasure, say the curling players on the Nymphenburg Canal. Here at the castle, beginners are just as welcome as advanced shooters when it's cold and the stream is frozen. Friends and family then try in teams on one of the 40 lanes with sticks (available for hire!) to get as close as possible to the stave. Great fun - and an ancient Munich tradition!

 

Mulled wine, bratwurst and the dear Christ Child

The Christmas markets in Germany are called Christkindlmärkte - in Bavaria, it is the Christ Child, not Santa Claus, who delivers the presents. Every visit to a Christmas market requires the consumption of at least one cup of mulled wine with a shot. Even Christmas skeptics who are not familiar with the hustle and bustle of the silent Christmas celebration should find themselves in adventitious cheerfulness after the third cup at the latest. The medieval market on Wittelsbacher Platz offers a special variation with fresh mead. At the Isartor a huge cauldron of Feuerzangenbowle is simmering away. Glühbiere is served in Spöckmaier's Christkindl-Stube at Sternenplatzl. If you get hungry after so much enjoyment, a detour to Sendlinger Tor is recommended, where you can get the supposedly best bratwurst sandwich in town: The "Regensburg Special" is served with sweet mustard and horseradish. If you prefer vegetarian food, stop by one of the many food stalls on the Tollwood. Last-minute gift buyers will also find what they're looking for here, the selection ranges from caps to natural cosmetics, swings and metal art to musical instruments. And yes: if need be, there's plenty of mulled wine here too.

Christmas music in the Hercules Hall

You don't even need music to find the ambience impressive. The Herkulessaal in the Residenz is one of the most beautiful halls in Munich: high ceiling, massive stage, lots of stone, tapestries with Greek motifs. The furnishings are quite stately, no wonder, originally the room was used by Ludwig I as a throne room. But when music is added, the whole magic of the Hercules Hall unfolds. The acoustics in the hall are excellent. The Christmas concerts are especially popular, they are aimed at the whole family, newcomers to classical music as well as connoisseurs. The festive finale is the joint singing of Christmas carols. Until the opening of the Gasteig in 1988, the Herkulessaal was the city's most important concert hall for classical music. It offers space for about 1400 people. Because the Residence was badly damaged during the Second World War, the Herkulessaal was rebuilt in 1953 in neo-classical style. Tickets are available at München Ticket, among others.

To the horror: Perchtenläufe

When Christmas approaches and the nights are dark, they come out of their hiding places again: evil spirits. At least that's what people used to believe - and invented the custom of the rough nights. Every evening they would smoke out their houses and stables in the hope of driving away the ghosts. The belief in smoking out has now evaporated, and the tradition has been preserved. A special highlight of the Rauhnächte nights are the so-called Perchtenläufe, in which people dress up as demons or witches. Under horrible wooden masks and shaggy skins they then make noise through the alleys at night. In Berchtesgaden, the haunted people are known as Buttnmandl and Kramperl. On the first Advent they walk through the district of Loipl during the Buttmandel walk, on the second through Winkl; on St. Nicholas Day they do their mischief after dark in almost all communities. With the Night of the Three Kings on 6 January the time of the rough nights ends.

 

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Text: München Tourismus; Photos: Christian Kasper, Lukas Barth, Nansen & Piccard
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Landmarks
Towers of the Frauenkirche in Munich taken from the air.

Landmark par excellence

With its distinctive towers, the Frauenkirche is the city’s most famous landmark.

The Munich cathedral: with its distinctive towers, the 15th century Frauenkirche is probably the most famous landmark in the city.

The Englischer Garten in Munich with the skyline of the inner city.

More than just a city park

A green oasis right in the middle of Munich: the English Garden is one of the world's largest inner city parks.

An oasis of green right in the middle of Munich: the Englische Garten is equivalent to the size of around 640 football pitches, making it the largest inner city park in the world. 

Maypole at Viktualienmarkt in Munich.

simply delicious!

The Viktualienmarkt is a place for gourmets who will find everything their hearts desire.

Located in the heart of the old town, Viktualienmarkt used to be a farmers’ market. These days, it attracts epicures and foodies, who find everything they could dream of and more – from traditional Bavarian delicacies to more exotic produce.

The Allianz Arena in Munich illuminated in red at sunset.

Enjoy world-class football

In the Allianz Arena you can enjoy first-class football and the FC Bayern Museum.

The heart of football in northern Munich: at the Allianz Arena, you can marvel at top-class matches and enjoy the FC Bayern Museum.

Panoramic view from the Olympiaberg with Olympic Lake, Olympic Tower and the headquarter of BMW in Munich in the background.

The key to success in 1972

The Olympiapark in the north of Munich is a great example of the successful reuse of an Olympic venue.

The Olympiapark in the north of Munich is a great example of the successful reuse of an Olympic venue. And there is still a lot to do here in terms of sports and culture.

Exterior view of the elephant house with two elephants at Munich Zoo Hellabrunn.

Animal adventures

A day out for children and adults alike: a visit to Tierpark Hellabrunn, the world’s first “geozoo”.

An exciting day out for children and adults alike: a visit to Tierpark Hellabrunn, the world’s first “geozoo”.

The double helix of BMW Welt in Munich with the Olympic Tower in the background

Masterpiece of modern architecture

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A real car heaven behind the futuristic facade: BMW’s very own experience and delivery centre has been known to deliver up to 34,000 horsepower in one day.

Facade of the Hofbräuhaus in Munich.

The original comes from Munich

“In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus – oans, zwoa, g’suffa…” That is the opening line of the 1935 song that made the Hofbräuhaus am Platzl famous all over the world.

“In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus – oans, zwoa, g’suffa…” That is the opening line of the 1935 song that made the Hofbräuhaus am Platzl famous all over the world.

A photo of the inscription "Deutsches Museum" at the entrance to the museum in Munich.

Be amazed and join in

The Deutsche Museum in Munich is one of the largest and most traditional science and technology museums in the world.

Founded more than 100 years ago, the Deutsches Museum now houses one of the most important natural science and technology collections.

Frontal view of the Alte Pinakothek with trees and a sculpture in front of the building in Munich

World-renowned museums

18 museums and exhibition houses, over 40 galleries, six universities and numerous cultural institutions: the Kunstareal!

18 museums and exhibition houses, over 40 galleries, six universities and numerous cultural institutions: the Kunstareal!

Nymphenburg Palace in Munich in the early morning.

A jewel of the Baroque

Nymphenburg Palace served as a summer residence for the Electors and Kings of Bavaria in the 18th century. 

Nymphenburg Palace served as a summer residence for the Electors and Kings of Bavaria in the 18th century.  Today it is one of the largest castles in Germany.

People standing in the shade at the Residenz in Hofgarten in Munich.

Bavarian centre of power

Between 1508 and 1918, Bavaria’s rulers governed the fates of their subjects from the Residenz.

Dukes, electors and kings: between 1508 and 1918, Bavaria’s rulers governed the fates of their subjects from the Residenz.

The Alter Peter in Munich with the Alps in the background.

Landmark and viewing platform

Alter Peter (Old Peter) affords one of the best views over the city’s rooftops.

Alter Peter (Old Peter) affords one of the best views over the city’s rooftops. It is the tower to Munich’s oldest church, Peterskirche, which is located just behind Marienplatz.

Sun umbrellas of a Restaurant at Marienplatz in Munich photographed from above.

The heart of Munich

There’s always something going on in this world-famous square, whether it's the Christmas market, the Glockenspiel, or another of FC Bayern's championship celebrations.

There’s always something going on in this world-famous square, whether it's the Christmas market, the Glockenspiel, or another of FC Bayern's championship celebrations.

Blue sky above the Neues Rathaus and the Frauenkirche in Munich.

FC Bayern's favourite balcony

The Neue Rathaus is the home of politics and its balcony is also the place where FC Bayern greet their fans when they’ve won the championships.

The Neue Rathaus is the home of politics and its balcony is also the place where FC Bayern greet their fans when they’ve won the championships.

Bicycles in front of the Feldherrnhalle at Odeonsplatz in Munich.

Love of the south

Munich is often known as Italy's most northerly city. Stand on Odeonsplatz square and you'll understand why.

Munich is often known as Italy's most northerly city. Stand on Odeonsplatz square soaking up the spectacular scenery around you and you'll understand why.

Feldherrnhalle at Odeonsplatz in Munich.

Florence sends its regards

Anyone familiar with the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence may not believe their eyes – the Feldherrnhalle looks almost identical to its Italian role model.

Anyone familiar with the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence may not believe their eyes – the Feldherrnhalle looks almost identical to its Italian role model.

Interior view of the Theatinerkirche in Munich.

Italian Grandezza

With its yellow facade and ornate interior, the Theatinerkirche at Odeonsplatz is one of the most beautiful churches in Munich.

With its yellow facade and ornate interior, the Theatinerkirche at Odeonsplatz is one of the most beautiful churches in Munich. The white interior is wonderfully cool and forms a surprising contrast.

Boutiques at Maximlianstraße in Munich.

The city's noble address

The Maximilianstraße is Munich's most expensive avenue. A tour.

The Maximilianstraße is Munich's most expensive avenue: almost all international luxury labels of the fashion and jewellery industry are represented here. A tour.

Propyläen at Königsplatz in Munich in autumn.

Magnificent buildings – ancient art

King Ludwig I commissioned the construction of Königsplatz, which was modelled after the Acropolis in Athens.

King Ludwig I commissioned the construction of Königsplatz, which was modelled after the Acropolis in Athens.

Interior view of the Asamkirche in Munich.

Baroque glamour

The splendid Asamkirche is one of southern Germany’s most significant Late Baroque buildings.

Asamkirche on Sendlinger Straße, with its splendid facade, is one of southern Germany’s most significant Late Baroque buildings.

 Michaels Church and Frauenkirche

Largest Renaissance church of the north

Michaelskirche is the largest Renaissance church north of the Alps. Ludwig II, the Fairytale King, is buried in its royal crypt.

Michaelskirche Jesuit church in Munich’s pedestrian zone is the largest Renaissance church north of the Alps. Ludwig II, the Fairytale King, is buried in its royal crypt.

View of the Bavaria and the Ruhmeshalle (Hall of Fame) in Munich.

Patroness of the Bavarian state

The monument, the first colossal statue to be made entirely of bronze since the classical period, is a true feat of engineering.

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Surfer on the Eisbach in the Englischer Garten in Munich.

The Eisbach wave

The Eisbachwelle is one of Munich's top attractions – for some from a sporting point of view, for others from a tourist point of view.

The Eisbachwelle is one of Munich's top attractions – for some from a sporting point of view, for others from a tourist point of view.

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Small meeting room of the Neues Rathaus in Munich

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Stage and audience of the Passionsspiel in Oberammergau.

The game of suffering, death and resurrection

The inhabitants of Oberammergau staging probably the world's most successful and largest amateur play. Buy your Tickets here.

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Merchant with dried fruit on the Viktualienmarkt in Munich.

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Panoramic view of the Neues Rathaus in Munich with the Frauenkirche in the background.

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