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Munich Christmas Markets 2018


Munich dedicates a lot of time to Christmas Markets preparation.

During the whole month of December the city turns into a kaleidoscope of lights, sounds and colours, while in the streets the scent and flavours spread around from the numerous stands of the Munich Christmas Markets 2018.

When the nearly 100-ft. high Christmas tree sparkles in the glitter of its 2,500 candles, the aroma of Gluehwein (hot spiced wine) fills the air and angel hair is glowing everywhere, then the heart of the Bavarian capital is under the magic spell of Christmas.
The origins of the Christmas Market are reported to date back to the socalled “Nicholaus Markets” of the 14th century.
Town records first mention a “Nikolaidult“ that took place near the Beautiful Tower in Kaufingerstrasse in 1642.
In 1806, during the period of Enlightenment, the “Nikolaimarkt” was renamed into Christmas Market. In 1972 –subsequent to numerous changes in location – the “Munich Christmas Market” found its permanent home in the heart
of the city.
The Munich Christmas Market is the oldest Christmas market in the city and can therefore rightfully claim to be the “original”.


Winterdörfchen- Munich Christmas Market
27.11. – 24.12.2018
from Monday to Saturday  from 10 a.m. to 8.30 p.m.
Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.
24.12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Tollwood – The Winterfestival
23.11. – 23.12.2018

23.11. – 31.12.2018
Monday to Friday
 from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Saturday & Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Tollwood – Markets of Ideas
23:11. – 23.12.2018
Monday to Friday from 14.00 to 24.00
Saturday and Sunday: from 11.00 to 24.00
times may change


Medieval Christmas Market 
26.11. – 23.12.2018
Wittelsbacher Platz (near Odeonsplatz)
every day from 11 a.m. to8 p.m.


Christmas Village in the Kaiserhof of the Munich Residence
22.11. – 23.12.2018
Munich Residence, entrance Residenzstrasse, Odeonsplatz
from 11 a.m to 9 p.m.


Christmas Market at the Sendlinger Tor
26.11.2018 – 22.12.2018
from 10.30 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Christmas Market Haidhausen
26.11.2018 – 24.12.2018
Weißenburger Platz
every day from 11.00 to 20.00
24.12 from 10:00 to 14:00


Schwabing Christmas Market
30.11.2018 – 24.12.2018
Forum Münchner Freiheit
Monday to Friday from 12.00 to 20.30
Saturday & Sunday: from 11.00 to 20.30
24.12: 11.00 to 14.00


Christmas Market in Chinesischer Turm
29.11. – 23.12.2018
beer garden area in front of the restaurant “Chinesischem am Turm”, Englischer Garten
From Monday to Friday from 12.00 to 20.00
Saturday and Sunday: from 11.00 to 20.30


Medieval Christmas fair

A medieval Christmas fair

The first timeMunichwas historically mentioned was in 1158 as “Munichen”.  Already in medieval times the name “munich/münich” was deduced from “monk”. A City seal dated 1239 depicts a monk’s head with a jelly bag cap.  Illustrations of the monk were mistakenly interpreted as a child and so the Monk on the City Logo got the nickname “Münchner Kindl”.
Christmas Fairs inMunichgo back to late medieval times.  A “St. Nicholas Fair” was already mentioned in 1410. The medieval fair at Wittelsbacherplatz (near Odeonsplatz) demonstrates how it could have been in those times.  It ties in with an old Bavarian tradition and is known, due to its historical character, to have a special atmosphere.

In the five years of its existence, the fair has developed into a popular meeting place and is appreciated as one of its kind amongMunich’s Christmas Markets.
Increasingly, visitors come from various countries to enjoy the extraordinary atmosphere in one of the most beautiful places inMunich. We welcome everyone and wish them a wonderful Advent and Merry Christmas.

On Advent weekends

Medieval entertainment and a variety of colourful and amusing events await visitors:  Celtic harps and singing, Irish fiddles, Bavarian hurdy-gurdy, bagpipes and jugglers with music of the 11th to the 16th century are offered.

ESTAMPIE, theMunichensemble for medieval music, the Aeternum ensemble, the Kel Amrun band, Scarazula, Tibertrea, and many other musicians and artists will perform.
Also offered are dance performances by “Moriskentänzer” (under the direction of Dr. Krombholz), and “Vivunto Saltatores” (under the direction of Mrs. Brigitte Liebhard).
Every Sunday Lady Ettard of Avalon, riding on her horse will visit the fair.
The evenings end with a brilliant fire show.

During the week

Medieval, authentic merchants present beautiful, high-quality goods for sale. Various craftsmen exhibit their handicrafts: scribes demonstrate the art of calligraphy, a silversmith and a goldsmith show how the old handicraft was practised, a glassblower displays her craft, and a potter turns his wheel.

St. Nicholas
On the 5th and 6th of December the bearded holy man will share little surprises with our visitors, especially the young ones.

Extra for kids
Especially for the youngsters:  jugglers, wonder doctors, wizards and artists. Stiltwalkers perform in the fair; fascinates their audience with ball acrobatics; the acrobat Walter von der Heiden, performs up-side-down; Magicus al Pacone and Magicus Trutwin are both brilliant magicians; the groups Entr’Act, and Traumtänzer are humorous and entertaining; bards and storytellers do their best.
The Knight of the Hawk tells and demonstrates how difficult it is to put on his armour and the meals. historia-perita explains all about medieval weapons and shows them.



Munich Christmas Market

Munich Christmas Market

The ”Krampus Run”: The 500-year old tradition of the “Krampus Run” dates back to the Christian mythological character of Bishop Saint Nicholas and his companion, “Krampus”. The members of “Sparifankerl Pass”, Munich‘s first “Krampus group”, dress up in archaic costumes, take a thrilling run across the Christmas Market and show up in the most unlikely places.

Santa visits the Munich Christmas Market Every afternoon from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Santa wanders around the Christmas Market, chats with grown-ups and children alike and loves to have his picture taken in remembrance of an unforgettable visit to the Christmas market.


Krampus Run Munich Christmas Markets

Krampus Run Munich Christmas Markets




Munich Christmas Market

Munich Christmas Market


Sternenplatzl at Rindermarkt

A homey atmosphere lingers amidst the booths with their display of traditional arts and crafts, Bavarian specialties, nostalgic toys and home-made delicacies, incense, Feuerzangenbowle and fried sausages. Come and
relive your childhood memories here.


The Manger Market
located in Neuhauser Strasse
In Neuhauser Strasse, only a few steps from Marienplatz square, you will find what probably is Germany’s largest manger market. From the lantern for the manger and fodder for ox and donkey to the gifts of the three Magi – the market supplies all you need to create an authentic nativity scene.
Christmas mangers have had a long tradition inMunich. In 1757, the first independent manger market took place from the 1st day of Advent to Epiphany.



Festive Seasonal Music in Munich

Festive Seasonal Music in Munich

Festive live music from the balcony of the town hall
Bavarian small string groups, wind players, singers and choirs will get you in a Christmas mood.
Daily 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., December 24: noon

Bavarian Singing Lesson: Joint singing of Christmas carols for children and adults
In cooperation with the Department of Culture of the City of Munich.
Admission is free, no advance registrationrequired.
On Dec. 1 and 2, 3:00 pm – Dec.15, 3:00, 4:00 pm, in the lower foyer of the Altes Rathaus (old town hall).

Munich Christmas Market Tours
Official Munich tour guides provide cultural and historical facts as well as culinary information during their tours “about Kletznbrot and Fatschnkindl” and the tasting tour “Baked Apple, Fatschnkindl and Stories”.
Tours can be booked for groups only at the Tourist Office:, facsimile +49 (0) 89 233 – 30 337
Information: Phone +49 (0) 89 233 – 30 234 or – 30 204

How to to get there

by Plane

-MunichInternationalAirport, ( FranzJosefStraussInternationalAirporto Flughafen München Franz Josef Strauß)

For all info on European Airports see: Airports inEurope

 by car

To enter the city of Munichbycar it is necessary to purchase a mark, the Feinstaubplakette”, to be exhibited on the windshield.
Further information on the driving mark, as well as a list of locations where it is required can be found on the following webpage :


by train
Munichcentral station (Hauptbahnhof) is situated in the city centre, only2 kmaway from the main square Marienplatz.


Arrival by means of public transport:
S1–S8, U3, U6, bus lines 52 and 131 to Marienplatz, tram 19 to Theatinerstrasse. There are no parking facilities in the area of Marienplatz square.

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