Christmas Market Erfurt

| Erfurt Christmas market on Cathedral Square

The Erfurt Christmas Market, an annual festive event, traditionally takes place during the Advent season, offering visitors a unique opportunity to get into the spirit of the upcoming holidays. This historic market, with origins dating back to 1850, is open daily from the start of Advent until December 22nd..

Organized by Erfurt Tourism & Marketing GmbH, responsible for coordinating numerous events in the city, the Christmas market extends across the picturesque Cathedral Square. This central location is enhanced by the stunning panorama of St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Church of St. Severus, whose magnificent architecture creates a breathtaking backdrop and adds a distinctive atmospheric touch.

The numerous market stalls in this historic setting offer a wide range of products. The selection spans from traditional Christmas baked goods and warm dishes to a variety of handmade Christmas items. A special highlight of the Erfurt Christmas Market is the range of warm beverages, including typical market specialties like mulled wine and "Feuerzangenbowle" (a traditional German alcoholic drink for which a rum-soaked sugarloaf is set on fire and drips into mulled wine), perfect for warming up on cold days. One of the culinary specialties, the Soljanka, a hearty soup with Eastern European roots, enjoys particular popularity among visitors. It provides a comforting fortification, perfect for chilly December days. Not to be forgotten are the "Räuchermännchen" (smoking men), traditional art pieces from the Erzgebirge region, represented in various characters and professions. They are not only decorative but also functional: by burning incense, they spread Christmas scents and are popular collectibles and gifts.

What makes the Erfurt Christmas Market especially worth visiting is not just its long tradition and the quality of the goods offered but also the special atmosphere, which is further enhanced by the surrounding historical buildings. This unique blend of culture and history distinguishes the market and attracts visitors from near and far.

The Erfurt Christmas Market is most easily accessible by public transport, which brings visitors directly to the city center. Although parking options are available for those arriving by car, increased traffic is to be expected during the busy Advent season.

In conclusion, the Erfurt Christmas Market is more than a commercial space. It serves as a meeting point that brings together people from various backgrounds, fosters a sense of community, and honors a centuries-old tradition. Its inviting ambiance and extensive offerings make it an indispensable event of the pre-Christmas period in Erfurt.

The Christmas Market in Erfurt took place from Tuesday, 28. November to Friday, 22. December 2023.

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Fair location:

Domplatz, 99084 Erfurt, Thuringia, Germany


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Erfurt Tourismus & Marketing GmbH
Benediktsplatz 1
99084 Erfurt, Germany
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Past editions:
  • 28 Nov. - 22 Dec. 2023
  • 22 Nov. - 22 Dec. 2022
  • 26 Nov. - 22 Dec. 2019
  • 27 Nov. - 22 Dec. 2018
  • 28 Nov. - 22 Dec. 2017
  • 22 Nov. - 22 Dec. 2016
  • 24 Nov. - 22 Dec. 2015
  • 25 Nov. - 22 Dec. 2014

Fair location:

Domplatz, 99084 Erfurt, Thuringia, Germany


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Product groups: candles, christmas cribs, christmas decorations, christmas lights, christmas ornaments, christmas pastries, cookies, drinks, food, gingerbread, mulled wine, nativity scenes, punch, tree hangers, wooden decorations, …

Disclaimer: No responsibility is taken for the correctness of this information. Errors and alterations excepted! Fair dates and exhibition sites are subject to change by the respective trade fair organiser.


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