Cologne Christmas Markets 2018

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Cologne Christmas Markets 2018

Cologne Christmas Market
26.11. – 23.12.2018
daily from 11.00 to 22.00

The city of Cologne boasts some different Christmas Markets. The 4 main ones can be found respectively by the Cathedral, Alter Markt, Neumarkt and Rudolfplatz. Every year Cologne markets attract almost 2 million visitors!

Cologne Christmas Market is probably the most monumental one.

Under the Cathedral and in the “shadow” of the biggest Christmas Tree in Renania can be found more than 160 wooden houses. Here you can watch the craftsmen at work while sipping original mulled wine; admire and buy original items with Christmas decorations and choose from un unlimited selection of sweets and local delicacies.

The Christmas Market at the Alter Markt is held in the heart of the Altstadt (OldTown) right opposite the Town Hall. For many years the romantic atmosphere of this market drew young people from Cologne and from any part of the world. Children will find lots of activities too: a carrousel, a puppet theatre, Santa Claus and many toys stalls, displaying a large selection of toys.  According to an old legend, the famous gnomes “Heinzelmännchen” are responsible for all the splendor of Cologne market, and they make sure that no modern consuming goods are sold in this market.

Neumarkt is the oldest and most characteristic Christmas Market in Cologne. It is located by the new market between St. Apostles Church and Cologne shopping district.

Traditionally, on the weeks preceding Christmas the market is illuminated with angels and the theme of the market is “starry night”.

Visitors will be seduced by the charm of this market and its premium quality products. With the historic Hahnentorburg in the background, one of the three medieval gates in Cologne, Christmas Market on Rudolfplatz will take you into the world of Grimms’fairy tales.

Fairy tales characters and festive lights will capture everybody’s attention, and especially children’s.

Besides these four main markets there are other also worthy of visit, like the Medieval Market and the Christmas Market in the new port, both situated near the Chocolate Museum. The Christmas Market of Cologne Port is held in the picturesque area of the historic port. Modern and elegant, with 80 stalls, this market is inspired by a nautical feeling, and offers high quality items, food excellences from all over the world and a rich program including pirates’ performances and theatre shows.

Also not to be missed is the Stadtgarten Christmas Market, situated on the edges of Cologne’s oldest park. The market offers a quiet, laid-back atmosphere as opposed to the other markets, and for this reason it is mostly attended by families with children and young couples.

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