The 7 best Christmas Markets in Hamburg

Christimas Markets in Hamburg Germany

Each year before Christmas, Hamburg presents itself brightly decorated and with several popular Christmas markets that turn your Christmas shopping activities into an unforgettable event. Stores usually open from 10 am – 8 pm, but during the pre-Christmas season many choose to extend their opening hours until 9 pm and some also offer a free gift-wrapping service.

Overview of central Christmas Markets in 2017

Already looking forward to hot chocolate or Glühwein and some tasty snacks at the food stands? Here comes a map of the best Christmas markets within Hamburg’s city center. They are very popular among tourists and local residents alike to meet, have a rest, and enjoy the charming atmosphere.

List of Christmas Markets in Hamburg’s inner city

The exact dates and times for 2017 have not been published yet, however the details below did not significantly change in the past.

  • Spitalerstraße: 21.11.16 – 23.12.16
    Open daily from 11 am – 9 pm, gastronomy daily from 11 am – 11 pm
  • Gerhart-Hauptmann-Platz: 26.11.16 – 30.12.16 (closed on 25.12.16)
    Handcrafts daily from 10 am – 9 pm, gastronomy daily from 10 am – 11 pm
  • St.-Petri-Kirche: 21.11.16 – 30.12.16 (closed on 25.12.16 and 26.12.16)
    Open daily from 10:30 am – 9 pm
  • Rathausmarkt: 21.11.16 – 23.12.16
    Open daily from 11 am – 9 pm, on Fridays and Saturdays until 10 pm
  • Jungfernstieg: 21.11.16 – 06.01.16 (closed on 24.12.16 and 25.12.16)
    Open daily from 11 am – 9 pm, on Fridays and Saturdays until 10 pm;
    New Year’s Eve: Open until 2 am plus fireworks!
  • Gänsemarkt: 21.11.16 – 23.12.16
    Open daily from 11 am – 9 pm, on Fridays and Saturdays until 10 pm
  • Fleetinsel: 21.11.16 – 23.12.16
    Open daily from 12 am – 9 pm

Gastronomic specialties that await you at Hamburg’s Christmas Markets

…hot “Glühwein” or “Apfelpunsch”

…traditional “Feuerzangenbowle”

…giant “Rösti-Taler”

…roasted Champignons with garlic dip

…traditional “Kartoffelpuffer with Preiselbeeren or Apfelmus”

…typical “Currywurst” with bread

…classic “Grühnkohl with Kochwurst or Kassler”

…mixed breads with different toppings

…roasted chestnuts

…sweet “Schmalzgebäck” or “Crêpes”

…”Lebkuchenherzen” or “gebrannte Mandeln”

Christmas day trips and family gift ideas

If you cannot get enough of Christmas markets, travel to Lüneburg or Lübeck (35-45 minutes by train from Hamburg Central Station), both cities have picturesque Old Towns that are also beautifully decorated during the Christmas season. In case you like different variations of really good Marzipan, don’t forget to visit Niederegger in Lübeck. For exquisite chocolate in Hamburg, look for products from Leysieffer (point-of-sale: Hanseviertel) or Lauenstein Confiserie (point-of-sale: Karstadt, Kaufhof, or Alsterhaus). Your suitcases are already jam-packed, but you would like to bring German delicacies back home? You can order Germany’s most famous Nuremberg Gingerbread, Christ-Stollen, and Dominoes comfortably online at Lebkuchen Schmidt, they offer international shipping and a great selection of Lebkuchen and cookie packs.

Lebkuchen Schmidt Nuremberg Germany

Christmas Parades in Hamburg 2017

A special highlight for the whole family are the Christmas parades with Santa and his reindeer that take place on the last four Saturdays before Christmas. They start each Saturday at 11:30 am as well as on 2:00 and 5:00 pm in front of Saturn, close to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof, from where the Christmas parade moves down Mönckebergstraße towards Jungfernstieg.

Have fun and happy holidays!

Images © NEC Fotografie (1); Lebkuchen Schmidt GmbH & Co. KG (2)

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