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Christmas market in Cologne

It's almost that time again! The Christmas markets in Cologne open and attract thousands of visitors to the city! Let yourself be enchanted and visit the cathedral city and its Christmas markets. So that you also have a direct overview and can choose your desired Christmas market in Cologne, we would like to present all the markets here in a detailed report! Enjoy reading!

Christmas market Cologne

The Christmas market at Cologne Cathedral

This Christmas market at our Cologne Cathedral is certainly one of the largest and of course one of the most well-known Christmas markets in Cologne. It is particularly popular because of the great atmosphere and the location right around Cologne's landmark. Once you are in that Christmas mood, many tourists naturally want to visit the holy cathedral from the inside and maybe even take part in a mass. If you are in town then you should definitely visit this Christmas market too! It's beautiful and the mood is just gorgeous. If you live near, you can walk there, as the cathedral can be reached in about 14 minutes! So you can drink your mulled wine and have fun without any problems!

Why is the Christmas market at Cologne Cathedral so popular? Everything is just right: the Christmas booths look very nice and are built around a huge Christmas tree, which even has a live stage sheltered under its shadow, where musicians provide good entertainment every day. Of course, also:

  • beautiful candles
  • Lots of tree ornaments
  • fragrant speculoos
  • elegant designer jewellery
  • handmade art objects
  • Nativity figures
  • artistic textiles

do not miss! A lot is done to ensure that the perfect Christmas spirit arises.


But the culinary offer is also impressive! In addition to all the creative stalls, there are also many food stalls at the Christmas market at Cologne Cathedral! And there is not only the well-known bratwurst and mulled wine, but dishes from all over the world! For example:


  • giant hamburgers
  • Hungarian langos
  • hot curry dishes
  • Potato cake

Our tip: save yourself the stress at the weekend, when hundreds of tourists want to visit the popular Christmas market at Cologne Cathedral with many buses from all the various cities in Germany and the surrounding neighboring countries (Holland, Belgium, etc.)! Book a beautiful holiday apartment with us and simply visit the market once a week! The crowds are not so big and the atmosphere is much more relaxed. After all, you want to experience a nice pre-Christmas atmosphere and no hectic pace and tension.

Dates Christmas market at Cologne Cathedral 2016:

21. November – December 23, 2016
Cologne Cathedral Christmas market opening times:
Sun-Wed: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Thu-Fri: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.



The special ones: alternative Christmas markets in Cologne

And since we are a cosmopolitan city in Cologne, we not only have the traditional Christmas markets in Cologne, but also alternative Christmas markets . Don't feel like nutcracker figures, nativity figures and angels and co? Then you are in good hands there!

Holy Shit Shopping

Have fun with the unique, special, great alternatives: Holy Shit Shopping!

Holy Shit Shopping offers everything to do with art and creativity! There you will find fashionably refined bags, colorful T-shirts or, for example, very special jewellery. This jewelry is usually not found in normal sales, as it is usually a one-off item. So a must for individualists! There is also a lot of stuff for creative people:

  1. crazy comics
  2. fancy photos
  3. and rare furnishings

mulled wine and cool lounge music create a very special atmosphere! By the way, around 150 artists and designers are usually present and actually make Holy Shit Shopping a huge event. Further information can be found on the website

The event will take place on November 26th and 27th, 2016. The Sartory halls are open at the following times:
Saturday, November 26, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 27th, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The address:
Sartory Halls
Friesenstr. 44-48
50670 Cologne ‎

Not really a Christmas market: the Design Bazaar

The design bazaar takes place in the Design Post and shows creative and special things to give away or to give yourself. There you will find:

  • beautiful scarves
  • funny hats
  • fine furnishings (lamps, etc.)
  • creative decoration (bowls, stands, etc.)

You can find more information at! The bazaar will take place on 11/26/2016 and can be found at the following address:
Design Post
Deutz-Mülheimer-Strasse 22a
50679 Cologne
Stop: Deutz train station/Lanxess Arena, Koelnmesse

Admission is free!

The Super Christmas Market

The Super Christmas market always took place in Cologne's Gloria, which stands for creative, handmade design. There you will find:

  • special fancy scarves and hats
  • fashionable, self-designed handbags
  • Designer straps for cameras
  • funny vampire stuffed animals

So if you like it particularly colorful and maybe a little weird, you will feel very comfortable there! Is the market happening? Where? Information at

The opening times for: 17.12.2016 - 18.12.2016
The new address:
Barthonia Showroom
Vogelsanger Strasse 66
50823 Cologne
Admission costs: 3 euros

The Homemade Cologne X-Mas Special

And the same applies here again "handmade is king!" A lot of homemade and of course everything designed by myself! That is the motto of the Homemade Cologne X-Mas Special market, which takes place in Cologne-Ehrenfeld. With almost 80 creative stands, the market has a wide range of "handmade" works of art, which can be admired there and of course also bought. A live program with beautiful music at the Homemade Cologne X-Mas Special market ensures a good atmosphere. Further information and news can be found at

The date for this year is: 10.12.2016 - 11.12. 2016
Homemade cologne opening times:
On December 10, 2016: 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
On December 11, 2016: 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The address:
Jack in the Box Halls
Vogelsanger Str. 231
50825 Cologne
Admission costs a whopping 4 euros

The Design & Creative market nicer gifts

And here comes the next creative market, which takes place in the old fire station on Ebertplatz. As a small creative market, it simply calls itself “nicer gifts”! More than 50 creative exhibitors only show products that are only sold in very small editions. The offers include practical goods for the apartment and the household, and of course the artistic and fashionable things to wear should not be missing. The creative market will take place from December 13, 2016 to December 15, 2016.

Reachable at the following address:
Old fire station
Melchiorstrasse 3
50670 Cologne
Stop: Ebertplatz
Thankfully, admission is free!
The organic market: The Market CGN – XMAS Edition

The "green lifestyle" is very important in this market. This is absolutely the focus of "The Market CGN". The market with the Englishschenken presents beautiful design objects, various handmade and creative fashion that belong exactly to this green lifestyle. Of course, the organic products for a snack between meals should not be missing!

Unfortunately, "The Market CGN - XMAS Edition" will no longer take place! However, please note the website, there may be news there soon!

The market always took place:
Jack in the Box Halls
Vogelsanger Str. 231
50825 Cologne

The pink Christmas Avenue

We are in Cologne and the motto here is: Live and let live, just the way everyone likes it. And that's why a gay and lesbian Christmas market is allowed in liberal Cologne don't miss! The responsible organizer is once again Dieter Hennes, who spares no expense or effort. Christmas Avenue is located between Schaafenstraße and Rudolfplatz and heralds the Christmas season in a shrill, pink and glittering way. The Christmas market is one of the smaller markets in Cologne, but above all offers entertainment in addition to handicrafts and culinary delights. The market is open to everyone who enjoys a flashy Christmas!

The Christmas market will take place from November 21st to December 23rd, 2016. It is always open:
Monday – Friday: 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays: 12pm – 11pm










A newcomer: the Cologne harbor Christmas market

The Cologne Harbor Christmas Market has only been taking place since 2011, but has already become very popular in our city. The booths are right next to the Cologne Chocolate Museum in the Rheinauhafen. The motto here is: the name says it all and that's why the market also deals with shipping and the port. The stalls therefore do not really look like classic Christmas market stalls, but with their tent roofs are more reminiscent of sails.

And of course, what shouldn't be missing from a port? The fish! And that's why fish lovers will find a large number of fish specialties in the almost 70 stalls there! Fans of maritime souvenirs will also find plenty of choice here. The maritime, special atmosphere of the harbor Christmas market is unique and you shouldn't miss it! The exhibitors and other staff at the harbor Christmas market are of course dressed in a seafaring look. The children will also be thrilled when the Rhine pirates tell their seafaring stories, alongside an open fire and all the good smells. Of course, the appropriate musical accompaniment should not be missing at the Harbour Christmas Market: shanties will be sung! And now something special for guests of just cross the Severins Bridge and you're there! Check out the short distance on our website!

The Port Christmas Market will take place this year between:
November 18 to December 23, 2016 (closed on Totensonntag November 20, 2016).
Opening hours of the harbor Christmas market:
Always open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m..
And on Friday and Saturday it's even open until 10 p.m.!


The "home of the Heinzel": the Christmas market in Cologne's old town

The market has been managed by a new organizer since 2008 and since then has had the motto: "Heinzelmännchen". The subject of brownies is well known and popular in Cologne, so the naming makes perfect sense. The Christmas market at Alter Markt has a more traditional look, with lots of dark wood and rustic huts. Of course, this market also has a very special atmosphere due to its great location in the old town of Cologne. This is rounded off by a great ice rink, but more on that later. The Christmas market at the Alter Markt also offers classic services and various goods:/p>

  • delicious mulled wine
  • fresh bratwurst
  • Sweets
  • Tree ornaments
  • Scarves
  • Hats
  • Wooden toys













There is always a great ice rink right next to the Reiter monument on the Alter Markt. This is not only popular with children, but also with adults. A tip: Just walk from over the Deutzer Bridge to this beautiful Christmas market. You won't regret it!

The Heinzelmännchenmarkt will take place this year at the following times:
21 November to 23 December 2016
The ice rink is open even longer!
21 November to 08 January 2017
Heinzelmännchenmarkt opening times:
daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.;
Ice rink from 10 a.m.

The wonderful market of angels - Christmas market on the Neumarkt

The Market of Angels on Cologne's Neumarkt is one of the three Christmas markets with the most visitors in Cologne during the Christmas season. It is located in the middle of the city and is particularly easy to reach by public transport. The Neumarkt stop is almost almost under the Christmas market. The "Schildergasse" shopping mile is only a stone's throw away, so you can combine a stroll through the Christmas market with a shopping tour.

The appearance of the Christmas market has changed radically in 2008, as it now shines in a beautiful white look and all the trees on the Neumarkt are hung with great stars and lights. So it's a completely different, modern Christmas, which lures here and knows how to convince with its very special charm. Of course, the angel figures are everywhere, and so the Christmas market lives up to its name! Eggnog is particularly popular here at this Christmas market! Of course there is also a huge selection of:

in the numerous booths

  • Candles
  • Socks
  • Scarves
  • Pockets
  • Jewellery
  • Puzzle games

The carousel is especially nice for children!








The angel market will take place from November 21, 2016 to December 23, 2016!
The Christmas market is open at the following times:
Sunday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and
Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.


The Christmas market in the Stadtgarten

Finally, we would like to introduce you to a small but beautiful Christmas market: the Markt im Stadtgarten. What makes this market different from the others in the city? Well, according to the operator, it's definitely fashionable there and the focus is on lifestyle. For example, you can:

  • objects of art
  • alternative jewelry
  • Purchase
  • or similar.

Almost 80 exhibitors can be found at this Christmas market and this also impresses with special highlights: the fire-eater and puppeteer not only enchant the children, but also the adults and thus ensure a breathtaking atmosphere.

The Christmas market in the Stadtgarten Cologne is open on the following days:
November 21 to December 23, 2016
The times:
Monday to Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.


Fewo Köln wishes you a Merry Christmas

So, now you have got a great overview of the Christmas markets in Cologne and can choose your favourites! wishes you a Merry Christmas!

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