Christmas Market Dates
21st November – 22nd December 2016
Welcome to the
Heidelberg Christmas Market
Heidelberg's Christmas market extends to over five beautiful and historic market squares: Kornmarkt, Marktplatz, Universitätsplatz, Anatomiegarten and the Bismarckplatz.
With its 140 or so highly individual stalls spread over five unique locations, Heidelberg’s Christmas Market has become an absolute ‘must’ among connoisseurs of Yuletide festivities. In addition the Heidelberg Craft Palace Christmas Market is also well worth a visit; open on two long weekends in December.
The atmosphere here is quite unique – the charming ‘olde worlde’ wooden huts blend enchantingly into the background of historic squares in the Old City, while illuminations add a magical atmosphere to Europe’s longest pedestrian shopping street, the Hauptstrasse.
With its beautiful Christmas decorations the Heidelberg Christmas market is great for a leisurely browse and stunning views of the old castle. It offers a wide array of crafts and tasty regional delicacies which all add to the Christmas spirit in the historic town of Heidelberg.
Directly below Heidelberg's Castle, situated on the Karlsplatz, a popular attraction is the “Christmas on Ice”. Surrounded by trees, glistening with hundreds of stars, Christmas on Ice on Karlsplatz enjoys such a delightful setting that it ranks among the loveliest to be found anywhere in Germany. Here Heidelberg's residents and guests can skate round the open-air ice rink to the accompaniment of Christmas music on a real ice surface.
Another fascinating experience is the Art-Advent Calendar at the Heidelberg Castle, which has already decorated the Vienna City Hall. From 1st to 24th December, the windows of the English building serve as a multidimensional advent calendar from behind which the works of prominent personalities will appear. From original works, backlit duplicates are produced and tailor-made to be integrated into the facade of Heidelberg's Castle.
On 12 days in December, the Heidelberg palace gardens will host a smaller Christmas market, offering visitors a wonderful selection of original German Christmas ornaments, decorations and gifts, all lovingly handmade by skilled craftsmen. Classical music drifting from the palace chapel, featuring an organ and a trumpet, will enhance the festive atmosphere, adding to the aroma of gingerbread and other tasty treats. Walking through the snowy gardens, costumed tour guides will shed light on how the court once celebrated Christmas.
Bismarktplatz is the entrance to the Altstadt, and here the decorated stands are a wonderful way to start an unforgettable Christmas market visit.
The Anatomiegarten holds an inviting array of unusual arts & crafts, perfect for a shopping expedition, a mug of mulled wine, bratwurst or fresh-made crepes to help you along the way.
The University square lures one with many gift ideas, such as hand-blown glass ornaments, ceramics, woodcrafts, candles, traditional German Christmas decorations and original Heidelberg photographs. Here you will also find a Christmas carousel, and at the booth “Zum heiteren Christkind” you can enjoy a mug of mulled wine, with the ability to keep the mug as a souvenir.
The Heidelberg Market square is where you can find the Heidelberg Christmas pyramid, which revolves with historical figures from Heidelberg’s history. Cinnamon stars and roasted almonds also await visitors, big and small, at the house of Santa Claus.
The Corn market is where the well-known Madonna statue compliments the view of the castle. And it is only fitting that the manger, together with a petting area, with donkeys and sheep is also here.