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21 Nov - 23 Dec 2016


Here is a taste of what Cologne has to offer at Christmas time.

Advent magic spreads throughout Cologne's Old Town when seven idyllic Christmas markets open their brightly illuminated gates in late November.

Numerous stalls offer a large scale of traditional goods and handcrafted gifts. Each one has its own flair. Their sparkling lights and peaceful atmosphere attract millions of visitors from all over the world every year.

Traditional Handmade Christmas Gifts
Wonderful spicy aromas of cinnamon stars, baked apples and roasted almonds fill your nose. Soak in this good old festive ambiance and take a Christmas stroll past lovingly decorated stalls and enticing half-timbered huts. Rummage through charming gifts to find some rare treasures: pipe-smoking wooden “Räuchermännchen”, nutcrackers, nativity figures and other appealing Christmas decoration.Young and old can look over the shoulders of pewter pourers, wreath binders glassblowers and a blacksmith when they demonstrate their art.

Children's Delight
Children's eyes light up at Santa's visit and the sight of nostalgic roundabouts. And there is more - magic acts, jugglery, Christmas cribs and intricately decorated trees. Of course, they will try their luck at the countless toy stands or practise their pirouettes and “Rittbergers” on the large ice rink at Heumarkt square.

Typical German Christmas Treats
Don't miss the chance to indulge yourself in typical German culinary delights: the famous “Christstollen” yeast cakes, “Lebkuchen” soft gingerbread cookies and Marzipan almond confections. Also try the mandatory “Glühwein” a hot spiced wine in mugs to warm chilly hands.

Festive Cultural Christmas Programme
To round off your Christmas spirit, you can enjoy a festive cultural programme with exhibitions, musicals, operas or concerts.

T:+ 49 221 34643 0

Shuttle service for tourists traveling by coach
If you come by coach, we ask you to please note the following information: Due to the high number of visitors there have been longer waiting times for coaches at Komödienstraße in the past.

In order to make your visit to the Christmas markets as enjoyable as possible, the bus traffic concept is once again being employed for the four Advent Saturdays (26th Nov, 3rd, 10th and 17th December 2016)

As in previous years, visitors will exit their coach at Komödienstraße. This means that you lose no time visiting the Christmas markets.

For the return journey you will find free-of-charge shuttle buses at this stop to take you to the parking area at the Cologne Trade Fair premises (MesseParkplatz P22).Your coach will be waiting there for you.

TIP: regulated shuttle-bus access in the city centre and sorting of coaches by country at the Cologne Trade Fair parking site.

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Christmas market at the Cathedral © KölnTourismus GmbH Dieter Jacobi

21st Nov - 23rd Dec 2016

The seven Cologne Christmas markets invite you and your clients to Christmas shopping.

During the pre-Christmas season, the beautiful Cathedral city shines in unique brightness. Angels and Saint Nicolases, elves and Father Christmases as well as twinkling stars and the aroma of roasted almonds and ‘Glühwein' invite you to browse in the festively decorated centre of Cologne.

Christmas Market at Cologne Cathedral

21st Nov - 23rd Dec 2016

Against the backdrop of the Gothic Cathedral, you will find a fascinating array of high-quality arts & crafts with many gift ideas, delicious food and more than one hundred stage events under the resplendent starlight tent awaits the visitors.

Free entry

www.koelnerweihnachtsmarkt.com

Cologne Harbour Christmas Market at the Chocolate Museum

21st Nov - 23rd Dec 2016
Very comfortable and elegant maritime Christmas market located in picturesque scenery directly at the Rhine offering high-quality products and exciting programme.(Feast Day 22 Nov closed)

Free entry

www.harbour-christmas-market.com

‘Village of St. Nicholas' at Rudolfplatz
21st Nov - 23rd Dec 2016


Situated near the Neumarkt, this village combines the German version known as St. Nicholas with the international one called Santa Claus. Especially with its reindeers, elves and walkable house of St. Nicholas, it is especially suitable for kids.

Free entry

www.nikolausdorf.com

Market of Angels - Christmas at Neumarkt

21st Nov - 23rd Dec 2016

Visitors will be enchanted by this lovingly decorated Christmas market with its charming chalets and high-quality products located in the heart of the Cathedral city.

Free entry

www.markt-der-engel.de

Cologne Old Town ‘Home of the Elves'

21st Nov - 23rd Dec 2016

Located in the middle of the historic Old Town, you can find a particularly large number of handcraft stalls, where goods are still produced in the traditional way.Part of the this rustic market, with fairytale atmosphere is also a beautiful ice rink.(opened until 8 Jauary 2017).

Free entry

www.weihnachtsmarkt-altstadt.de

Christmas market at Stadtgarten

21st Nov - 23rd Dec 2016

This cosy market is located in Cologne’s oldest Park. Visitors enjoy jazz music as they sip organic mulled wine and look for unusual, special gifts.

Free entry

www.weihnachtsmarkt-stadtgarten.de

Christmas Avenue

21st Nov - 23rd Dec 2016

Cologne’s gay and lesbian Christmas market is located in the centre of the “scene-quarter” Bermuda Triangle near the Rudolfplatz., offers quality products, culinary delights and especially cabaret and shows in a sparkling ambient. Everyone is welcome!.

Free entry

www.christmas-avenue.de

To round off your Christmas spirit, you can enjoy a festive cultural programme with exhibitions, musicals, operas or concerts. Let yourself be enticed by the Christmas magic and visit the festive holy activities in the Rhine metropolis.

For more information please visit
www.cologne-tourism.com



Ice rink on the Heumarkt © Weihnachtsmarkt Kölner Altstadt

Parking regulations will be published on the site below.

www.cologne-tourism.com/christmas
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Cologne Harbour Christmas Market © www.hafen-weihnachtsmarkt.de

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