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

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.

Dates & opening hours of Christmas Markets in Hamburg’s inner city in 2017

…in a walk from east (Hamburg Central Station) to west according to the map above:

  • Spitalerstraße: 27.11.17 – 30.12.17
    Handcrafts daily from 10 am – 9 pm,
    Gastronomy daily from 10 am – 11 pm,
    Closed on 24.12.17 and 25.12.17
  • Gerhart-Hauptmann-Platz: 27.11.17 – 30.12.17
    Open daily from 10 am – 11 pm,
    Closed on 24.12.17 and 25.12.17
  • St.-Petri-Kirche: 27.11.17 – 30.12.17
    Open daily from 10:30 am – 9 pm,
    Closed on 24.12.17 and 25.12.17
  • Rathausmarkt: 27.11.17 – 23.12.17
    Open daily from 11 am – 9 pm,
    On Fridays and Saturdays until 10 pm
  • Jungfernstieg: 27.11.17 – 30.12.17
    Open daily from 11 am – 9 pm,
    On Fridays and Saturdays until 10 pm (gastronomy: 11 pm)
    Closed on 24.12.17 and 25.12.17
  • Gänsemarkt: 27.11.17 – 23.12.17
    Open daily from 11 am – 9 pm,
    On Fridays and Saturdays until 10 pm
  • Fleetinsel: 27.11.17 – 23.12.17
    Open daily from 12 am – 9 pm

Tip: A very special Christmas market – I would say rather unknown among tourists – takes place each year on the first Advent weekend, which is December 1st – 3rd in 2017. From Friday till Sunday, Hamburg’s oldest Christmas market since 1919 opens its doors in the historic crypt and also in the community hall of the St. Michaelis church. In total, more than 100 exhibitors present e.g. handcrafts, fashion, jewelry, and Christmas decorations. Admission is free. Opening hours: Friday 3 pm – 7 pm, Saturday and Sunday 11 am – 7 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)

4 thoughts on “The 7 best Christmas Markets in Hamburg

  1. Hollie

    Hi Lidia,

    Do you know when Hamburg typically put up their Christmas decorations – and where are the best displays to go and see?

    Thank you!

    1. Travel to Hamburg

      Hi Hollie,

      I just refreshed the dates for Hamburg’s Christmas market season in 2017 and found out that they are going to open on November 27th. I think that Christmas decorations of stores and streets are being finalized the week before, and the most beautiful sights can be found within Hamburg’s central shopping area.

      Popular displays are usually created by the Alsterhaus and Karstadt, and the shopping malls Levantehaus and Hanseviertel are beautifully decorated, too. In my view, the most magical walk goes through the Poststraße located between Rathausmarkt and Gänsemarkt, as hundreds of Christmas lights have been falling from the sky like stars last year and I really hope we can enjoy the same scenery in 2017.

      Have a wonderful stay,

    1. Travel to Hamburg

      Hi Sally,

      the exact dates and times for 2018 have unfortunately not been published yet, however the details above did not significantly change in the past. I expect an update around September / October.


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