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26 Nov - 23 Dec 2018

Here is a taste of what Cologne has to offer at Christmas time.

Advent magic spreads throughout Cologne's Old Town when five idyllic Christmas markets open their brightly illuminated gates in late November.

Numerous stalls offer a large scale of traditional goods and handcrafted gifts. Each one has its own flair. Their sparkling lights and peaceful atmosphere attract millions of visitors from all over the world every year.

Traditional Handmade Christmas Gifts
Wonderful spicy aromas of cinnamon stars, baked apples and roasted almonds fill your nose. Soak in this good old festive ambiance and take a Christmas stroll past lovingly decorated stalls and enticing half-timbered huts. Rummage through charming gifts to find some rare treasures: pipe-smoking wooden “Räuchermännchen”, nutcrackers, nativity figures and other appealing Christmas decoration.Young and old can look over the shoulders of pewter pourers, wreath binders glassblowers and a blacksmith when they demonstrate their art.

Children's Delight
Children's eyes light up at Santa's visit and the sight of nostalgic roundabouts. And there is more - magic acts, jugglery, Christmas cribs and intricately decorated trees. Of course, they will try their luck at the countless toy stands or practise their pirouettes and “Rittbergers” on the large ice rink at Heumarkt square.

Typical German Christmas Treats
Don't miss the chance to indulge yourself in typical German culinary delights: the famous “Christstollen” yeast cakes, “Lebkuchen” soft gingerbread cookies and Marzipan almond confections. Also try the mandatory “Glühwein” a hot spiced wine in mugs to warm chilly hands.

Festive Cultural Christmas Programme
To round off your Christmas spirit, you can enjoy a festive cultural programme with exhibitions, musicals, operas or concerts.

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Shuttle service for tourists traveling by coach
If you come by coach, we ask you to please note the following information: Due to the high number of visitors there have been longer waiting times for coaches at Komödienstraße in the past.

In order to make your visit to the Christmas markets as enjoyable as possible, the bus traffic concept is once again being employed for the four Advent Saturdays 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd December 2017).

As in previous years, visitors will exit their coach at Komödienstraße. This means that you lose no time visiting the Christmas markets.

For the return journey you will find free-of-charge shuttle buses at this stop to take you to the parking area at the Cologne Trade Fair premises (MesseParkplatz P22).Your coach will be waiting there for you.

TIP: regulated shuttle-bus access in the city centre and sorting of coaches by country at the Cologne Trade Fair parking site.

Subject to alterations

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Details of each of the Christmas Markets

Christmas Market at Cologne Cathedral
27 Nov - 23 Dec 2017

Against the backdrop of the Gothic Cathedral, framed within a canopy of starlights, culinary delicacies, artisan handicraft and selected gifts of 150 various exhibitors can be discovered under a genuine 25-meter high Christmas tree.
Free entry

Cologne Old Town ‘Home of the Elves’
27 Nov - 23 Dec 2017
On this rustic market with fairytale ambiance in the middle of the historic Old Town, visitors find a uniquely diverse range of live-performing arts and crafts specialists, culinary highlights, different themed aisles and a large ice skating adventure world (open until 7 Jan 2018). Free entry

Market of Angels at Neumarkt
27 Nov - 23 Dec 2017
Visitors will be enchanted by this lovingly decorated Christmas market with its charming chalets under a large amount of stars and high-quality products centrally located between the most popular shopping streets of the Cathedral city.
Free entry

‘Village of St. Nicholas’ at Rudolfplatz
27 Nov - 23 Dec 2017

Situated near the Neumarkt, in front of the historic Hahnentorburg gate, this market combines the German version known as St. Nicholas with the international one called Santa Claus. With its reindeers, elves and walkable house of St. Nicholas it is especially suitable for kids.
Free entry

Cologne Harbour Christmas Market at the Chocolate Museum
24 Nov - 23 Dec 2017 (Feast Day 26 Nov closed)

This modern and stylish Christmas market, located in picturesque scenery directly at the Rhine, offers high-quality goods, artisan handicraft, an extensive programme and fine culinary delicacies in a great, maritime atmosphere.

Free entry

To round off your Christmas spirit, you can enjoy a festive cultural programme with exhibitions, musicals, operas or concerts. Let yourself be enticed by the Christmas magic and visit the festive activities in the Rhine metropolis.

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Cologne Harbour Christmas Market ©

Cologne Harbour Christmas Market ©

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Discover Cologne inexpensively and conveniently with the KölnCard.

Available for individuals or groups, the KölnCard offers you free travel on all public transportation and an abundance of discounts in art and culture, leisure activities, restaurants and shopping.

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Ice rink on the Heumarkt © Weihnachtsmarkt Kölner Altstadt

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