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23 Nov - 23 Dec 2015

Hamburg's 16 Christmas markets offer something for every taste, and each of the markets exudes a very special atmosphere. The historic Christmas market on the Rathausmarkt, for instance, Let the lovingly designed themed lanes enchant you, browse through high-quality arts and crafts, and enjoy home-made organic mulled wine. Each night, children's eyes glow with delight when Santa Claus glides through the air above the roofs of the candied tidbits and amusements lane.

A truly Hanseatic flair can be experienced at the maritime Christmas market on the Fleetinsel, where fairy lights reflect on the surface of the quiet, frozen canals. A real delight for all the senses can also be experienced on the Alster Lake: the Weißer Zauber (White Magic) Christmas market on the Jungfernstieg impresses with its contemporary design that matches the aesthetics of this grand boulevard with its exquisite hotels and boutiques. Hamburg's most recent quarter, the HafenCity district, invites you to stroll along amidst stylish booths at the Überseequartier and boasts one of Hamburg's most impressive Christmas trees.

Also this winter, the gay and lesbian Christmas Market “Winter Pride” will be opening its pink gates to the public, offering a cosy, open-minded atmosphere in the heart of the St. Georg district. And here's the good news for any Christmas Scrooges out there: at this market, there will be no Christmas carols and the weekends will feature a comprehensive entertainment and music programme on stage.

In addition there is Santa Pauli – arguably the world's only adult Christmas market. In the heart of Hamburg's Reeperbahn entertainment district, there are multiple reasons for being joyous and merry. Here, the candelabra has been replaced by an oversized disco ball. At Europe's hottest Christmas market, the boundaries between Christmas tradition, party atmosphere and frivolous St. Pauli street life are constantly blurred.
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Cruising to Hamburg?
As the nights draw in and the temperatures fall, sparkling lights bathe the city in a warm glow. The aromas of roasted almonds and mulled wine fill the streets and festive Christmas markets spread seasonal cheer. Christmas time in Hamburg has its own atmosphere – maritime, magical and sometimes even risqué.

The Hanseatic city has plenty to offer Christmas cruises. A total of eight themed Christmas markets close to the cruise terminal make for an unforgettable festive atmosphere. In the direct vicinity, just 400m from the berth, the HafenCity Christmas Market will be welcoming visitors for the very first time. Lavish boulevard-style illuminations complementing the new district’s modern architecture are the market’s major attraction.
Live music onstage, red-light karaoke and sexy angels in the Santa Pauli striptease tent provide visitors with a one-of-a-kind Christmas experience. The food stalls offer diverse culinary delights, such as the delicious Bordsteinschwalbe (whiskey based drink with whipped cream) or the hot Nussknacker (nutty, creamy alcoholic drink). Instead of hand-knit winter woollies you will find “alternative”souvenirs such as chocolate dildos, sex toys or even intimate piercings. However, if this is not exactly your cup of tea, why not sit back and relax on the winter deck in the heart of St. Pauli and treat yourself to a mug of spicy Glühcola (cola drink), the local specialty. From here you can enjoy the hustle and bustle of the Reeperbahn, Europe's biggest entertainment mile. Santa Pauli Christmas market is opening its doors from 20 November to 23 December 2014. Admission is free.
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