Frankfurt’s Magical Christmas Markets

frankfurts magical christmas markets

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Christmas is nearly upon us once more, which can only mean one thing: the many beautiful and magnificent Christmas markets across Frankfurt are opening again! Of course, none are quite as large or impressive as the main festive market by the historic city hall Römerberg.

This year’s markets have been redesigned for the COVID-19 pandemic, with hygiene and distancing rules in place.

Christmas time in Frankfurt

One of the largest Christmas markets in all of Germany, in both size and visitor numbers, the elaborate and artistically decorated market spans from the scenic backdrop on Römerberg and Paulsplatz to the Friedrich-Stoltze-Square. Drawing in three million visitors annually, the Christmas market in Frankfurt dates all the way to 1393, when city folk came together to celebrate Advent in the run-up to the national holiday. 

It was not until the early 19th century that one of the most significant symbols of the present-day Christmas market, the Christmas tree, was erected for the first time. Since then, a massive fir tree has been the centre of each Christmas market in Frankfurt.

Enjoy the holiday season in Frankfurt 

Visitors can wander among the festively decorated stands, smelling the sweet aroma of mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and sweets. Vendors offer everything from handmade Christmas decorations to traditional dishes and ceramic handicrafts. 

Other highlights at the Frankfurt Christmas Market include the chiming of Frankfurt’s Church Bells on November 1 and December 24, Saint Nicholas’ visit on December 6 and the many advent concerts throughout the holiday season.

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