Christ­mas Market Heidel­berg

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Date 2020

23 Novem­ber 2020 to 22 Decem­ber 2020

Loca­tion Bis­marck­platz & Korn­markt open until New Year / Karls­platz open until 10 Janu­ary

Christ­mas Market Heidel­berg

Heidelberg’s Old Town has its own spe­cial charm, attrac­ting several thousand visi­tors every year. At the begin­ning of the Advent season, the Old Town is addi­tio­nally filled with Christ­mas deco­ra­ti­ons, various stalls and the smell of cin­na­mon and mulled wine. The Christ­mas market is a high­light in Heidel­berg for many visi­tors. Because in addi­tion to the many sights, the city also offers a large Christ­mas market that takes place through the entire Old Town. With its unique sce­nery, espe­ci­ally the Heidel­berg Castle, the Heidel­berg Christ­mas Market is one of the most beau­ti­ful mar­kets in Ger­many.

In the Old Town, espe­ci­ally along the Haupt­straße, there are about 140 Christ­mas stalls, dis­tri­bu­ted in several cor­ners. You can find the most dif­fe­rent stalls at the Bis­marck­platz, at the place of the Old Ana­tomy Garden, at the Uni­ver­si­täts­platz, at the Markt­platz, at the Korn­markt and at the Karls­platz.

As many stalls as there are, there is also a great variety. One finds a lot of han­di­c­rafts, among them some beau­ti­ful advent stars and mosaic-like table­ware and of course a lot of food stands with waff­les, crêpes, hot sau­sa­ges, hot ches­t­nuts, any kind of roas­ted almonds and much more. Of course, the stands with mulled wine, lumumba, Feu­er­zan­gen­bowle, children’s punch and other alco­ho­lic and non-alco­ho­lic winter drinks are not to be missed. Every year you will receive the annual cup of the Heidel­berg Christ­mas Market with a new design. You can get the cup at all hot drink stands and can even take it home in return for the depo­sit. If you visit the market a few times, you might even have a small collec­tion.

If you are still loo­king for the right Christ­mas pre­sent for your loved ones, you might find your luck at the Christ­mas market in Heidel­berg. And if not: the Haupt­straße offers a lot of shops where you can find some­thing for the Christ­mas tree. A little tip: Every year during the Advent season there is the Heidel­berg Shop­ping Night, where all shops, in addi­tion to the Christ­mas market, are open until 10 pm.

But the Christ­mas market also offers its guests other activi­ties. On Mon­days, stu­dents get a dis­count on mulled wine, and on Thurs­days there are many dis­counts for fami­lies and seni­ors. On Satur­days there are guided tours of the Christ­mas market, for which you can either buy tickets online or at the tou­rist infor­ma­tion office. There is also a cam­paign for child­ren in care, whose wishes are ful­fil­led on that day, and an “Advent market of good deeds”, where social and dia­co­nal insti­tu­ti­ons are rep­re­sen­ted.

In 2020, pro­bably on 30 Novem­ber, the mar­ket­place will be shi­ning all in pink. The reason for this is the “Pink Monday”, where cos­mo­po­li­ta­nism and tole­rance towards the LGBTQ com­mu­nity is cele­bra­ted. On this day, the Hei­del­ber­ger Aids Hilfe will take over the Bür­ger­hütte and collect dona­ti­ons.

If you are not from Heidel­berg, there are enough hotels in the Old Town near the market. Some of them even have the Christ­mas market right in front of their front door, such as the Art­Ho­tel or the Hotel zum Ritter St.Georg.


the loca­ti­ons

There are almost 70 booths set up on the Uni­ver­si­täts­platz. This is where most of the stalls are loca­ted and the­re­fore it is also the big­gest square of the Christ­mas market. For the smal­ler visi­tors there is an antique carou­sel, which is already more than 100 years old and still serves the Christ­mas market and its guests.

At the Bis­marck­platz and at the Old Ana­tomy Garden there are also some stalls. If you really want to see ever­ything from the Christ­mas market, start at Bis­marck­platz and stroll through the Haupt­straße. Because from Karls­platz to Uni­ver­si­täts­platz, many of the stalls are very temp­t­ing, so you might want to stay there with some mulled wine for the whole evening.

The market place offers food stalls and various han­di­c­rafts as well as stalls of some schools and clubs, like the one of the Lions Club. Usually there was a brightly illu­mi­na­ted pyra­mid at the market place. But in 2019 this pyra­mid had to be moved to the Uni­ver­sity Square, because a new high­light was built on the market place. A replica of the Heidel­berg cask, which is in the castle, is now on the square in front of the Church of the Holy Spirit. Alt­hough the barrel is “only” half as big with a capa­city of 120,000 litres, it is still big enough to have a sales stand inside. The spe­cial thing about the barrel: Above the sales stand there is a small room for about 30 people. From there you have a per­fect view of the market place and the hustle and bustle that goes on there.

The “Win­ter­wäld­chen am Korn­markt” has its very own flair. With about 100 fir trees in dif­fe­rent sizes and shapes, the Korn­markt really beco­mes a small grove at Christ­mas time. The fir trees are deco­ra­ted with fairy lights and the stands are under white pagoda tents. The small children’s train gives the Korn­markt an almost magi­cal effect.

Atten­tion: Those who have child­ren should put the Karls­platz at the very bottom of the list. This is where the Heidel­berg Christ­mas Market has its very own open-air ice rink until the begin­ning of Janu­ary, inclu­ding its own skate rental ser­vice. But the ice rink is not only sui­ta­ble for child­ren. Even for lovers, tur­ning a few laps with the castle in the back­ground can be a great expe­ri­ence. Espe­ci­ally when it gets dark, the Christ­mas market beco­mes really magi­cal with its ligh­t­ing. Howe­ver, you should be a bit more expe­ri­en­ced on skates if you want to skate at the Christ­mas market. Because when there is a lot of activity, the ice rink can quickly become bumpy. And who really wants to plant oneself on the cold floor of the ice rink?

From 2010 to 2015 there even was a part of the Christ­mas market at the top of the castle. Even though this part was at least as well atten­ded as the rest of the market, the city had to close it down because of rare bats that have estab­lished their winter quar­ters in the castle.

If you still haven’t had enough, there are other Christ­mas mar­kets on cer­tain days in the other parts of Heidel­berg, and there is also a Christ­mas market at the Heidel­berg Zoo. On those days, visi­tors even get a redu­ced ent­rance fee. With small child­ren, who quickly get bored at Christ­mas mar­kets, a visit to the zoo during the Advent season is the­re­fore more than pro­fi­ta­ble if you want to enjoy one or the other mulled wine peace­fully.