A total of 16 Christmas markets opened Monday (November 27, 2017) in Hamburg with all kinds of food, drink and seasonal items at a multitude of open-air stalls. Around 6 million visitors flock to the markets crucial to the over-the-counter retail sector in Advent. The historic market outside City Hall has lots of traditional mulled wine and roasted almonds for warming up in winter. Visitors can opt for gingerbread specialties in the remodelled Gänsemarkt, champagne at Lake Alster, cocktails along the noisy Reeperbahn or disco lights at the queer Christmas market, Winter Pride, in St. Georg.
Hamburg’s many Christmas bazaars
The picturesque market in front of Hamburg’s City Hall pulsates with Christmas magic in a sea of lights and all kinds of wares, delicacies and delicious aromas every year. Visitors are spoilt for choice at the stalls or in many nearby shops and malls. The “White Magic” on Jungfernstieg is another tourist draw with 80 wooden huts offering all kinds of arts and crafts, beeswax candles in all shapes and sizes and handmade soap among other gift ideas.
Markets in St. Georg and Gänsemarkt
The market on Gänsemarkt is like a village full of gingerbread huts. Gift shoppers can try out delicacies such as suckling pig or gingerbread there. Meanwhile in St. Georg, the LGBT community is hosting a Christmas market called “Winter Pride” near the main station. Although the entertainment does not feature Christmas music and carols, singers and musical acts will perform live on Sundays. DJs will also be on hand and keep people in the Christmas spirit with their music repertoires.
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