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Christmas Markets

Within reach of Bayerisch Eisenstein are some of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany.

German Christmas markets tend to be half food and drink stalls and half present/decoration stalls. They are best in the late afternoon/evening when all the lights are on. For Germans, they are more a social occasion then a shopping opportunity, especially the local ones. (Czech Christmas Markets are at the end of the list)

We have given the markets we have visited a 'star' rating based on how pretty they were and how much we enjoyed our visit.

Click here to see our suggestions for Christmas Market Breaks based in our apartments in Bayerisch Eisenstein.

Starting with the daily markets in the cities:

MUNICH (2 hours drive) - carfree by train

In Munich it is easy to find a Christmas market that fits you taste! 

Christkindlmarkt at Marienplatz
Nov 25- Dec 24, 2016

Where: Marienplatz; S-/U-Bahn Marienplatz
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 10 am - 9 pm, Sunday 10 am - 8 pm, Dec, 24th 1000 - 1400

Tollwood - The Winterfestival
Nov 23 - Dec 31, 2016, market of ideas until Dec 23, 2016

Where: Theresienwiese
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 2 pm – 1 am, Saturday/Sunday 11 am – 1 am

Festive Middle Age Market
Nov 25 - Dec 23, 2016

Where: Wittelsbacher Platz (near Odeonsplatz), Briennerstr. 6-10
Opening hours: 11 am – 8 pm

Christmas Village in the Kaiserhof of the Munich Residence
Nov 21 - Dec 22, 2016 (tbc)

Where: Munich Residence, entrance Residenzstrasse, Odeonsplatz
Opening hours: 11 am - 9 pm (Dec. 22, until 8 pm)

Christmas Market at the Sendlinger Tor

Bogenhausener Weihnachtszauberwald
Nov 21 - Dec 23, 2016 (tbc)

Where: Rosenkavalierplatz
Opening hours: 11 am – 8 pm

Haidhausen Christmas Market
Nov 24 - Dec 24, 2016

Where: Weißenburger Platz
Opening hours (TBC): Sun-Wed 11am - 8.30pm; Thurs-Sat 11am – 9pm; Dec. 24, 10am – 1400

Christmas Market Schwabing
Nov 26 - Dec 24, 2016 (tbc)

Where: Münchner Freiheit
Opening hours: Mon Fri 12pm – 8.30pm; Dec. 24, 11am – 1400

Christmas Market Chinesischer Turm
Nov 26 - Dec 23, 2016

Where:beer garden Chinesischer Turm
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 12 pm – 8.30 pm; Saturday/Sunday 11 am – 8.30 pm

Christkindlmarkt Sendling
Nov 25 – Dec 23, 2016

Where: Am Harras (U6)
Opening hours: Sunday – Thursday 11 am – 8.30 pm, Friday – Saturday 11 am – 9.30 pm

Pink Christmas, the gay Christmas Market
Nov 24 – Dec 23, 2016 (tbc)

Where: Stephansplatz (near Sendlinger Tor)
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 4 pm – 10 pm, Saturday – Sunday 12 pm – 10 pm

Christkindlmarkt Pasing
Nov 25 – Dec 18, 2016 (only Saturday and Sunday) (tbc)

Where: Schererplatz, in front of church Maria Schutz
Opening hours: Saturday, Sunday 1 pm – 7.30 pm

Blutenburger Weihnacht
Dec 1 – 4, 2016 (tbc) 

Where: Schloss Blutenburg
Opening hours: Thursday 4pm – 7.30pm, Friday 1pm – 7.30pm, Sat/Sunday 11am – 7.30pm

Manger Scene Exhibition at Zehentstadl
Dec 2 – 4, 2016 (tbc)

Where: Obermenzing, near Schloss Blutenburg, north of Verdistraße
Opening hours: Friday 4 pm – 7.30 pm, Saturday/Sunday 11 am – 7.30 pm

Winter Market at the Airport
Nov 20 – Dec 28, 2016 (tbc)

Where: Munich Airport Center, forum
Opening hours: daily 11 am – 9 pm, show from 6 pm

Lightdrives at the Airport
Nov 19 – Dec 27, 2016 (tbc)

Where: Check-in-counter at Besucherpark (visitor park)
hourly from 4.30 pm – 7.30 pm (duration 50 minutes)

Christmas Market Neuhausen
Nov 24 – Dec 23, 2016 (tbc)

Where: Rotkreuzplatz
Opening hours: daily 11 am – 8.30 pm

Christkindlmarkt Trudering
Nov 26 – 27, 2016 (tbc)

Where: cultural center Trudering, Wasserburger Landstraße 32
Opening hours: 10 am – 6 pm

Christkindlmarkt Feldmoching
Dec 10 – 11, 2016
Where: multi-purpose hall, Georg-Zech-Allee 17
Opening hours: Saturday 12.30 pm – 6 pm, Sunday 11 am – 6 pm

Christkindlmarkt at Mangfallplatz
Nov 25 – 27, 2016 (tbc)

Where: Mangfallplatz Opening hours: Friday 4pm – 9pm, Sat 11am – 9pm, Sun 11am – 8pm

Munich "Eiszauber"
Nov 18, 2016 - Jan 15, 2017 (tbc)

Where: Stachus
Opening hours: 10.30 am - 10 pm

PASSAU (1 hour drive) - carfree by train
23rd November - 23rd December 2016

Monday-Thursday 10.00-20.00, Friday-Saturday 10.00-21.00 Sunday 11.30-20.00
On the square in front of the cathedral in the middle of the romantic old town. Lovely setting, varied stalls. Performances by musicians every day.
Star rating: ****


REGENSBURG (1 hour 30 minutes drive)- carfree by train
21st November - 23rd December 2016, open Sunday-Wednesday 10.00-20.00, Thursday to Saturday 10.00-21.00

A 400 year tradition of Christmas markets here. Many local specialities, including berry Gluehweins from the Bavarian Forest and apple gluehwein from the Oberpfalz, local sausages (including 'half metre' sausage in a baguette!), Lebkuchen, toasted almonds, roasted chestnuts and more.

Romantic Christmas Market
 at Thurn & Taxis chateau Medieval style market
Many craftsmen demonstrating their skills and a wide range of food and drink, including a hog roast. One of our favourities, very different from any other we have been to. Less commercial than the main market.

Sun-Wed 12am-10pm Thu-Sat 12am-11pm

Advent Market at Spitalgarden
Wed &Thu 4pm-10pm Fri 2pm-10pm Sat 11am-10pm Sun 11am-9pm

Craftsmen Lucrezia Christmas Market
27.11.-23.12.2016 Sun-Fri 11am-8pm Sat 10am-8pm

NUERNBERG (2 hours drive) - car free by train

Opening Hours Christkindlesmarkt November 25th to December 24th 2016

Opening Day Nov 25th: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Opening Ceremony: 5:30 p.m.

Monday - Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Christmas Eve: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m

The most famous Christmas market of all and one of the oldest. Plastic garlands and tapes playing continuous Christmas music are banned! 200 stalls selling traditional gifts, food and drink.
We rate this one of the very best. Very high quality stalls. However, more stalls also means more repetition rather than a wider selection. The main market is in the Hauptmarkt. An added bonus is a ride on a horse drawn post coach, painted bright yellow.

DEGGENDORF (40 minutes drive) - carfree by train

Christmas market - opening times: 25.11. - 23.12.2016 Mon – Wed, Sat 10.30am - 8pm

Thu, Fri 10.30am - 9pm Sun 12 noon - 8pm

Apparently voted one of the 10 most beautiful markets in Germany. Deggendorf itself has a very pretty central area and good shopping and is worth a visit.


25-27th November, 2nd-4th December, 9-11th December



There's an enchanting atmosphere and around 35 stalls at this charming Christmas market, not to mention mouthwatering seasonal treats, captivating concerts and a fairytale forest with individually decorated Christmas trees. It has lots of attractions just for kids, including the children's bakery, magic games, Punch and Judy shows, drumming classes and a writing workshop. St. Nicholas and his helper also make an appearance to hand out little presents. The enormous Advent calendar on the front of a grand town house is a marvelous sight, and Straubing has a fascinating Nativity trail which links 22 displays in the churches and squares in the town centre.

opening times: 24 Nov-23 Dec 2016 Mon-Wed, Fri, Sat 10am - 8pm Thu 10am - 9pm, Sun 12 - 8pm



This intimate, romantic Christmas market outside the Church of St. Jodocus presents an array of crafts, traditional Christmas decorations and much more besides. If you follow the Landshut Nativity trail, twinkling stars and fairy lights will entice you along historical lanes to a succession of Nativity scenes spanning more than three centuries. The various locations also double as venues for Christmas concerts.
opening times:24 Nov - 23 Dec 2016
Mon - Thu 10am - 8pmFri - Sat 11am - 9pm Sun 11am - 8pm

Also daily Christmas markets in Cham, Grafenau (4th - 20th)

Local weekend and 1 day markets:

Bayerisch Eisenstein - advent market - Saturday only.

Zwiesel - car free by train
Stalls are set around the local church. An excellent selection of things to buy and a wider selection of food than at Nuernberg. 25/11-27/11

Schweinhuett - forest Christmas market with the huts in amongst the trees - carfree by train

This is a special “Waldweihnacht”  with many arriving by train and making the short walk from the station into the forest area on one of the days it is held 4th; 11th; and 12th. 1400 - 2100

In the forest there are traditional food, drink and craft stalls with 100’s of candles and fire illuminations. Forest ghosts, imps and then Santa Claus may be seen. Finishing with a Bavarian Christmas story performed in the market place.


Schoenberg 2/12 - 4/12

Viechtach 1/12 - 4/12

Regen - car free by train. Very prettily set out on the market place in the old town. Wide range of things to buy, eat and drink. 24/11 - 27/11

Bodenmais - car free by train  9/12 & 10/12

Frauenau - 3/12 Saturday only from 1300, in front of the glass museum. Nikolaus visits at 16.00 with presents for the children. Car free by train

Bayerisch Eisenstein
10th International Christmas Market on Sunday - 18th December 2016. 12.00-19.00

The vision of Margaret Leach 10 years ago continues it's successful story so come and sample the international food and drink stalls provided by laocal people and groups.

In addition, there is Joska Crystal in Bodenmais (the glassworks on the bypass, not the shop in the town centre). They have an all year Christmas shop but also many extra displays and events for the Christmas season: Christmas tree made out of wineglasses, Christmas trees around the world, handpainting of glass Christmas tree balls, Christmas biscuits, free glass blowing for children. Open every day including Christmas Day, at least 10.00-16.00 (closes 14.00 on Christmas Eve). Go by train – about 10 minutes walk from Bodenmais station. Car free by train.


Christmas Markets 26th November 2016 - 1st January 2017 Daily 1000 - 2200 (2400 for food stalls)
Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square also Havelske Trziste and Republicky Namesti (all within 10 minutes walk of each other). Includes a mini zoo, crib and Christmas tree from the Sumava mountains (Bohemian Forest) and choirs from around the world singing carols on the old town square.

Other events:

Mikulas Day (St. Nicholas) Old Town Square
5th December from 16.00 - 1900

Open air Christmas Eve Mass 24th December 22.00

New Year's Eve 31st December midnight
Fireworks at the Old Town Square and Charles Bridge

Plzen - car free by train
Christmas Market 28th November - 23rd December 2011 Mainly home made crafts and Bohemian food and drink. Less commercial than most German markets.

Klatovy - car free by train


Cesky Krumlov
Christmas Market 25th November 2016 - 6th January 2017

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