Welcome to the
Karlsruhe Christmas Market
During the Advent season, Karlsruhe transforms into a magical Christmas city; the inner city sparkles with thousands of lights, horse-drawn sleighs clatter across the cobblestone streets, imaginatively decorated shop windows invite passersby to browse and shop, and the scents of cotton candy and roasted almonds hang in the air.
Stores, restaurants, churches, museums, galleries, libraries, theaters, and music ensembles offer attractions and events for the whole family.
Christmas City Karlsruhe offers the ultimate holiday experience for locals and guests alike – there is truly something for everyone! The Christmas market at the lovely Friedrichsplatz entices visitors with its extensive array of goods and delicacies.
The ice skating rink at the Schlossplatz near the Grand Duke Karl Friedrich Memorial invites guests to skate or play a game of curling, and the medieval Christmas market at the base of the Karlsburg transports visitors to enchanting days gone by.
This year, the Friedrichsplatz serves as the heart of the Christmas market and is where all the stalls come together. The market is made all the more special by its broad range of arts, crafts, and beautifully decorated wooden stalls. Sure to catch one’s eye is the “Flying Santa Claus”, who soars with his sleigh at an impressive height over the crowds, much to the surprise of the people below.
The front yard of the Karlsruhe Palace also turns into a storybook winter wonderland, complete with the “Stadtwerke Eiszeit“, where young and old can enjoy ice skating and curling all the way into early February. Here, one of the largest man-made ice skating rinks in southern Germany is set aglow by innumerable golden lights. Under an open sky, the more experienced skaters can take advantage of 1200 sq yd of ice, whereas those new to the winter sport can gain their bearings in a separate beginner’s area.
In front of the Karlsburg in the city of Durlach, the Advent season brings the Middle Ages back to life with camp fires, candlelight, jugglers, and musicians. This medieval market is a paradise for children especially, boasting story tellers, crossbow shooting, mouse roulette, a carousel, and a fantastic fire show. On the weekends, medieval swordsmen share interesting information about camp life, knight’s armor, and sword fighting in the Middle Ages.