What could be nicer than enjoying hot mulled wine or punch on a cold winter evening—even better when it’s snowing—and really getting into that festive mood? Any of the countless beautiful and festive Christmas markets in Germany would be perfect for this. In this article, we highlight just a few of the must-see Christmas markets Munich has to offer.
Munich’s most famous Christmas market is located right on the Marienplatz square next to the magnificently lit Christmas tree. With over 150 market stalls, the Marienplatz Christmas market offers a large selection of mulled wine stands, delicious delicacies, and hand-crafted Christmas decorations and gifts. Tourists and residents alike can enjoy the festive atmosphere with live Advent music in the evenings. This year for the first time, delicacies such as mulled wine bratwurst, ginger nuts and honey nougat are offered. The Himmelswerkstatt craft workshop in the town hall breathes life into this year’s motto: “Upcycling, not throwing away”. Twice a day, children aged 6 through 12 can let their creativity run wild by making handicrafts and transforming old knick-knacks into beautiful, practical gifts. The “make your own sweets” workshop, where children get to try their hand at candy making, is a particular novelty this year. A communal Advent hymn singalong will round off the Himmelswerkstatt craft workshop.
Highlight: On 12/9/2018, the Krampus run (commemorating a beast-like creature of German lore) will take place with the Sparifankerl Pass group and about 300 participants. Another run will take place on 12/23/2018 with about 30 participants.
This unique Christmas market at Wittelsbacherplatz takes visitors back to the Middle Ages. The typical medieval music, authentic costumes and exciting entertainment included in the program add something special to the regular Christmas market feeling. Visitors can enjoy hot chestnuts, suckling pig, smoked fish, crepes and much more. And of course, you can also toast the season with mead in addition to the regular mulled wine. The stands here are packed full of honey, copper work, precious stones and jewelry, glass art and medieval costumes.
Highlight: The professional Balestra re-enactment group will perform knight’s show fights on several weekends. They will also warm up the audience with a fire show.
The Sternenflotte star fleet spectacle will take place for the first time on the Alte Utting ship, which has been building its reputation as a cultural meeting point since summer this year. “A Christmas harbor over Sendling” is the headline that attracts visitors to this Christmas harbor with new live music each day and sparkling lights. Whether browsing the various craft stalls with hot mulled wine or listening to music in the warm interior and enjoying the festive delicacies in the heated tents, “Sternenflotte” offers a cozy and festive choice during the celebratory season. The entertainment program includes a variety of events.
Highlight: The children’s program lets the little ones enjoy fairy tales, children’s handicrafts, readings and the Cap’n Santa Special on 12/6/2018.
The Pasing Christmas market on the forecourt of the Maria Schutz parish church is a real Pasinger hidden gem. This cozy market opens its gates every Advent weekend. The festive atmosphere is boosted with performances from children’s and school choirs, as well as various musicians and music groups. The program also includes several activities you can join in with, as well as the gruesome Perchten (beast-like folklore creatures) which are brought to life by the Chiemgauer Erzdeifen folklore group. Whether it’s Advent and Christmas decorations, flower and moss arrangements, fabric articles, semi-precious stone decorations and individual children’s fashion, through modern home decorations and individual objects from the 3D printer: Pasing has everything your heart could desire.
Highlight: The main grand tombola prize draw takes place on the last day of the Christmas market, proving a real attraction for visitors with its great prizes. The proceeds will go to the Kinderhaus AtemReich children’s care center and Munich’s Stiftung Ambulantes Kinderhospiz children’s hospice foundation, which provide support for children with life-threatening conditions and their families.
DEMOS will soon be constructing modern 1- through 4-room condominiums in the Munich district of Pasing-Obermenzing with its new “PRISMA PASING” building project. Marienplatz can be reached from Pasing by public transport in just 13 minutes. Wittelsbacherplatz is about 20 minutes away. You can drive to the Alte Utting ship in about 25 minutes.
We wish you a happy and peaceful festive period!
Your DEMOS Team