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Hamburg's Christmas Markets to Open

Hamburg is Hanseatic and nordic by nature, but also colourful, cosmopolitan, and vanguard: discover the city's diversity at its numerous Christmas markets

On 23 November, the Christmas Market season will officially start in Hamburg. Around six million people visited the 15 Christmas markets in the city centre last year. Moreover, countless smaller Christmas markets are spread throughout the city-state, often only offering true German Christmas atmosphere for just one weekend of advent. Traditionally, the Christmas season is the period of the year with the highest presence of tourists in the city.

Pagoda Tents & Wooden Stalls

An integral part of the Advent season are the large Christmas markets in Hamburg’s city centre. The “historic Christmas market at city hall square square”: http: // is organised each year by Circus Roncalli with traditional treads like gingerbread, elaborate crafts and especially created mulled wine. Each year, the nostalgic market is enjoyed by more than three million visitors. The “Christmas market at Jungfernstieg”: http: // does not feature wooden huts, but white pagoda tents as stalls. Hearty sausages, traditional doughnuts and eggnog can be enjoyed there while looking at Hamburg’s huge Christmas tree crowning the Inner Alster lake.

Vintage Sailboats and Hearty Fare

The proximity to the port and canalised Alster river provide the maritime flair of the “Christmas market on Fleet Island”: http: // & limit = 0. This atmosphere is enhanced by two vintage ships from the museum harbour Övelgönne moored for the holiday season at Fleetkai. Culinary, the market offers especially hearty as Nordic kale with hearty sausages, bacon, pork belly, and potato pancakes.

Regional products

Sustainability is high on the agenda at the eco Christmas market “of Gut Karlshöhe”: http: // http: // On the second weekend of Advent, the farm’s courtyard will be transformed to the Christmas market for sustainable products and diverse arts and crafts. In tune with the season, a mix of regional and agricultural products as well as information about sustainability will be offered, along with craft and design objects directly from the producer.

Gay and Lesbian Christmas Market

The “Christmas market Winter Pride”: http: // in St. George is the largest gay and lesbian Christmas market in northern Germany. Associations and groups of the gay and lesbian community – such as the Volksparkjunxx, the young lesbian centre or the AIDS Care – will promote their services at the market. From Monday to Thursdays, the initiatives not only pull mulled wine from the tab, but also offer insight on their work. On weekends, showacts are on the agenda of the big stage.

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