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Neumarkt Square - Traditional Christmas market by the Frauenkirche
© DMG/Jörg Schöner

Dresden Christmas Markets

The Striezelmarkt is not by any means the only thing the city of Dresden has to offer. A large number of small and large markets are distributed throughout the city. Each has developed its own flair and individual character over the years. A whole "Christmas mile" extends along Prager Straße to the other side of the Elbe River.

Winterlights of Dresden

The Christmas market on the Prager Straße represents the southern entry to the Christmas city of Dresden and invites to strolling on Dresden's best known shopping mile. The market, which is called "Winterlights of Dresden" since 2012, also offers a light highlight next to numerous sales stands with regional specialties from Dresden and surroundings. The 15 meters high Christmas tree is lit fantastically, the whole show musically still framed every evening. A "winter light world" enchants children as well as adults. The house of Santa Claus stands below the crossways stairs. Two rustic child merry-go-rounds for the little visitors are built in the middle section of the market,next to the Pullman Hotel.
Opening hours (to be announced)
Prager Straße, 01069 Dresden

Christmas markets at the Frauenkirche

A Christmas shopping excursion thus also takes you past the traditional Christmas market at the Frauenkirche. Traditional products like pottery, glassware and lace from the Vogtland region are sold on Münzgasse. The eight-meter-tall climbable pyramid, covered in handmade wooden figurines, is the main attraction of this small market. In order to bridge the waiting time until Christmas for the little ones, Santa Claus comes daily from 4 pm and has a surprise for every child. 
28 November to 24 December 2018, Sun to Thur 10 am to 9 pm, Fri/Sat 10 am to 10 pm,
24 December 2018 10 am to 2 pm
Münzgasse, 01067 Dresden

Nearby "Advent at the Neumarkt" attracts many visitors to the Frauenkirche at the most beautiful time of the year. They are especially enthusiastic about the crafts that have been produced by historical guilds around the Neumarkt area for the last 100 years. For example bell-founders, document painters, engravers, clock operators as well as dealers of historical and hand manufactured toys. The culinary supply orientates itself to classic products of the Dresden Christmas time. The visitors can listen to church choirs, carol singers and wise men between the huts.
30 November to 23 December 2018, daily 11 am to 10 pm, 23 December 2018 11 am to 8 pm
Neumarkt, 01067 Dresden

Christmas tree in front of the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) at night.
Frauenkirche © Thomas Klewe

Stallhof Advent Festival

A true spectacle presents itself to visitors within the walls of the Dresden Royal Palace during the Stallhof Advent Festival. Guild craftsmen and craftswomen present their goods here in a historic and very traditional atmosphere. Jugglers and players provide entertainment. In addition to the unusual culinary delicacies offered every year, the public bathhouse is also very popular. It has two gigantic wooden washtubs in which up to eight persons can respectively enjoy a hot bath.
28 November to 23 December 2018, daily 11 am to 9.30 pm
"Rauhnächte" (rough nights) after christmas: 27 November to 30 December 2018 and 2nd to 6th January 2019 (closed: 24 to 26/31 December and 1st January)
Stallhof, Schlossstraße/Schlossplatz, 01067 Dresden

Romantic Christmas market

A more quiet alternative is the Romantic Christmas market. This is to the south of Dresden residence castle on the so-called Piazza at the corner of the Taschenbergpalais. The market, which is constructed after a historical presentation, sprays a romantic flair. It helps the anyway splendid historical scenery to get a christmassy gleam at one of the most beautiful places of the former royal seat Dresden.
A unique ice - skating paradise lures just next-door. The inner courtyard of the hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden changes into an ice tread and invites to a fantastic winter pleasure. A welcome opportunity to slurp home-made hot wine punch before or after the visit on the Christmas fair in romantic atmosphere.
Opening hours (to be announced)
Taschenberg, 01067 Dresden

Dresden alpine hut magic

Après-Ski and pure alpine hut fun - on over 2000 square metres in the middle of the city centre. The Christmas market directly on the Postplatz offers a restaurant, an alpine hut bar, an event alpine hut and a curling track and is especially popular with young people.
29 November to 23 December 2018, daily from 12 noon
Postplatz, 01067 Dresden

Augustus market

The Neustadt side also spreads pre-Christmas cheer with its market in the pedestrian zone, extending from the Goldener Reiter (Golden Horseman) to Albertplatz Square. Since 2012 it is called "Augustus market". The Hauptstraße adorn in white and gold illuminated pagodas. Not just the Hauptstraße area, but also the festively decorated streets of the Baroque Quarter invite visitors to stroll and linger. At the Goldener Reiter, a historical Ferris wheel, the Nicolaushaus and a child merry-go-round are awaiting the visitors. Snack and drink specialties, Christmas presents from the Erzgebirge as well as made of many different materials like clay, substance, leather, silver offer an extensive supply. Next to the Christmas tree it is shown how Christmas is celebrated in other countries. Wind player ensembles and choirs please the visitors with her music at the weekends.
Opening hours (to be announced)
Hauptstraße between Goldener Reiter (Golden Horseman) and Gomondai-Platz

St. Nicholas Market

In the trendy "Outer Neustadt" district, the Kunsthof arcade is transformed into the beloved St. Nicholas Market at the beginning of December. Under the symbol of the shining candle, the organizations, institutions of the Neustadt as well as the city center management Dresden registered association and the city of Dresden represent a pallet of musical, literary events around the quiet Christmas fair in the baroque quarter.
Opening hours (to be announced)
Kunsthofpassage Dresden, Görlitzer Straße 21-25/Alaunstraße 70, 01099 Dresden

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