Munich's Christmas Markets 2022

Every year, it seems ...

... Christmas starts a little earlier. The first chocolate Santas reach the shelves as early as autumn. And quite right, too – since you now have all the time in the world to enjoy at leisure what Munich has to offer during the pre-Christmas season. Have a wonderful Advent 2022 in Munich!

Munich Christmas Market at Marienplatz

This traditional Christmas market dates back to the 14th century and is considered the most original and authentic in Munich. The romantic setting in front of the neo-Gothic town hall on Marienplatz adds to the magic of the many stalls radiating traditional Bavarian charm. Living tradition and ancient craftsmanship are established here, as is Germany’s largest “Kripperlmarkt” (“Manger Market“).

Everything imaginable to create a nativity scene is available, from manger lanterns to gifts of the Three Magi. Munich‘s first “Krippenmarkt” started in 1757, this year the Christkindlmarkt at Marienplatz is scheduled from 22 November to 24 December 2021.  After Christmas, the Nativity Market will then be dismantled and it will continue until 09 January 2022 with mulled wine stands and food trucks under the name "New Year's Market".

Christmas Market Tour

Get in the mood for Christmas on a tour of the Old Town in the wonderful atmosphere of fragrant almonds and twinkling lights. For more information on the tour with an official City of Munich tour guide, click here.

The Himmelswerkstatt (Heavenly Workshop) for children aged 6-12 is a mini-paradise for creative youngsters. Here, free crafting fun is the name of the game. The “Krampuslauf” involves a horde of wild and wooly creatures charging through the Christmas market disguised as Saint Nick‘s evil twin, the Krampus. It is well worth the experience. Traditional Bavarian house music to set the mood for Advent is played daily live on the Town Hall balcony, with musicians and choirs accompanied by wind instruments. If you would like to learn more about the history of the Christkindlmarkt, you can book a guided tour of the Christmas Market at Marienplatz.

Location: around Marienplatz

Date: date not yet fixed

www.christkindlmarkt-muenchen.de

The traditional market at Marienplatz with its roots in the 14th century is considered the original among Munich's Christmas markets.

Winter magic on Viktualienmarkt

The Viktualienmarkt, Munich‘s permanent open market, always offers an abundance of freshness and a vivid experience of Munich‘s way of life. This popular market is especially charming during the Christmas season – the many treats on display are an open invitation to indulge one‘s palate. Visitors can also enjoy Christmas carols and feel the magic of Advent with a glass Glühwein (mulled wine). Well worth visiting is the nativity scene at the beer garden, where the gures reflect perfectly the life of the market.

Location: Viktualienmarkt

Date: date not yet fixed

www.viktualienmarkt.de 

Christmas Village in the Kaiserhof of the Residenz

This Christmas village is situated in the large courtyard of Munich City Palace, the Residenz, well protected from cold winds and snow. Exploring the magical forest where Hänsel and Gretel reside and visiting the “Kasperle“ theater offers fun and excitement for the whole family.

Video: simply christmas market

And it wouldn’t be a traditional Bavarian village without the local crafts workshops, including goldsmiths, furriers and glass blowers. This year, the Christmas Village at the Residence may take place again between 18 November and 22 December 2021!

Location: Munich Residenz, entrance on Residenzstrasse, Odeonsplatz

Date: date not yet fixed

www.dasweihnachtsdorf.de

Pink Christmas, the LGBTQ* Christmas Market

The little Stephansplatz right in the middle of Munich’s Glockenbachviertel is illuminated bright pink during Advent. The Christkindlmarkt of the LGBTQ* community has been held since 2005. Gifts and glitter, hot mulled wine and heaps of treats await the diverse crowd. Drag artists, start-up bands and big names such as Grand-Prix legend Johnny Logan or pop star Patrick Lindner perform on a pocket-sized stage. It‘s exclusive and simply amazing!

Location: Stephansplatz (near Sendlinger Tor)

Date: date not yet fixed

www.pink-christmas.de

Brienner Strasse really lights up during Christmas season, with 16 silvery chandeliers creating a spectacular light display using LEDs. Modern technology is set against a distinctive feel for the history of this grand avenue.

Munich “Feuerzangenbowle” by the Isartor gate

This winter, the Munich Feuerzangenbowle at the Isartor will once again be a “hot topic”. The drink, which is a fragrant blend of red wine, rum and spices, is served from a gigantic cauldron with a  aming top. The annual tradition has been back for 2019 with another joint exhibition from hosts including the Geschichtswerkstatt historical society and other partners. And there will be no shortage of refreshments, as the stalls will be open until 3am on New Year’s Eve.

Location: Isartor

Date: date not yet fixed

www.muenchner-feuerzangenbowle.de

 

Haidhausen Christmas Market at Weissenburger Platz

Everyone from Haidhausen residents to visitors from far and wide love the intimate and relaxed atmosphere of the Christmas market held around the fountain on Weissenburger Platz. It features Christmas music and a programme for children nearly every day. The hand-carved  gurines in the South Tyrolean nativity scene are very special.

Location: Weissenburger Platz

Date: date not yet fixed

www.haidhauser-weihnachtsmarkt.de

Mulled Wine Festival in the Bogenhausen Christmas Forest

From the end of November, the festival grounds in front of the Cosimabad (indoor pool) will be transformed into a fairytale Christmas world: in two large tents with a modern lounge area or cosy seating areas over 30 types of mulled wine, punch and "Feuerzangenbowle" await visitors. Artisans present their work in the open air in a festively luminous fir landscape. In addition to delicacies such as roasted almonds, gingerbread or marzipan, freshly prepared dishes from all over the world (including vegetarian and vegan) are available on site. For children there is much to discover: a nostalgic children's railway and a carousel with beautifully painted historic vehicles, a Punch and Judy show, storytellers and much more. Alcohol-free children's mulled wines are also on offer.

Location: Festival area in front of the Cosimabad (Cosimastrasse/corner of Englschalkingerstrasse)

Date: date not yet fixed

www.geja-event.de

 

Schwabing Christmas Market at Münchner Freiheit

It is now over 40 years ago that artists, artisans and restaurateurs held their first festive Christmas market on Münchner Freiheit in Schwabing, full of lovingly crafted details and perfect gift ideas. And last year’s Christmas market was naturally no exception, featuring culinary delights, an arts tent, a sculpture trail and a variety of installations, free concerts, performances, guided tours, children’s activities and, best of all, a truly special and unique atmosphere.

Location: Münchner Freiheit (square)

Date: date not yet fixed

www.schwabingerweihnachtsmarkt.de

The Märchenbazar at Olympiapark

A film set located in the middle of the square serves as a cosy bar, delicacies from Bavaria and the rest of the world are served and nostalgic circus tents exude warmth and cosiness. Clothing, leather goods, original jewellery and wooden artworks beckon visitors to buy. However, the Märchenbazar also offers a varied programme of art, culture and music for the “big kids”, as well as plenty of action and surprises for the young ones. These include candlemaking, a comical puppet theatre and even fairytale hours with a moon goddess. The Christkindlmarkt used to take place on the alternative Viehof grounds, this year it will take place on the grounds of the summer Tollwood in the Olympiapark.

Location: Summer Tollwood area, Spiridon-Louis-Ring 100

Date: date not yet fixed

www.maerchenbazar.de

 

Magical Christmas market in the Werksviertel

A Pegasus-themed Christmas? The mythical beast is the main theme of the magical Christmas market held on two weekends from Thursday to Sunday with a mix of stage performances for people of all ages. The range of goods on offer at the market reflects the diversity of the locals – creative minds, artists and restaurateurs always ensure new "wow" moments.

Location: Knoedelplatz (near Ostbahnhof station)

Date: date not yet fixed

www.werksviertel-mitte.de

Christmas Market on the Alte Utting

Twinkling lights and enchanting fragrances will lead the way to the "Sternenflotte" (Starfleet), a Christmas market in the Sendling district at the Alte Utting boat. The Alte Utting is situated on a bridge between the Grossmarkt (market hall) and the Viehhof. It's a disused pleasure boat with music, mulled wine, food and gifts.

Location: Lagerhausstrasse 15 (near the market hall Grossmarkthalle)

Date: date not yet fixed

www.alte-utting.de

 

Tollwood Winter Festival on the Theresienswiese

The Tollwood Winter Festival turns the Theresienwiese into a sea of lights. Typical for this Christmas market of a third kind is the mixture of tasty organically-grown foods and all kinds of original crafts, which are to be found at the “Market of Ideas“. This year, the popular winter festival is scheduled to run from 24 November to 31 December, but the market will only run until 23 December 2022. The events include theatrical and musical offerings, performances, or even activities involving the environment; many are free of charge. The Festival ends with the traditional New Year's Party.

Location: Theresienwiese

Date: 24 November to 31 December 2022 (market until 23 December)

www.tollwood.de

 

 

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