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Christmas Market in Weimar

28 Nov - 6 Jan 2018

UNESCO World Heritage site

When the town centre of Weimar is lit up by fairy lights every evening, the aromas of roasted almonds and fresh Stollen cake waft through the streets, and the strains of carols can be heard, the Christmas Market has clearly opened again!

Apart from lapping up the cosy atmosphere, visitors can look forward to Christmas wares offered for sale by craftsmen and traders. Traditional pyramids and nutcrackers from the Erzgebirge Mountains, glassware from Lauscha, wooden toys from Thuringia: all this and many other surprises are waiting to be discovered.

Weimar may be famous for many things, but hardly anyone knows that the first public Christmas tree was erected in Weimar. Taking pity on the poor children of the town, one night before Christmas in 1815 or 1816, court bookseller Johann Wilhelm Hoffmann put up the first Christmas tree for the public anywhere in Germany outside his shop in Cranach House on the market square. The dream of a Christmas tree for all children had finally come true. To commemorate his gesture, every year the tall fir tree on the market square is erected to the accompaniment of carols performed by local choirs a few days before the Christmas Market opens.

If you find the popular German carol ‘O du fröhliche' being sung particularly frequently in Weimar during the Christmas season, there’s a very good reason for it was written by local social education worker Johannes Daniel Falk and performed in Weimar for the very first time.

The Townhall is a big advent calendar, every day A window is opened by a child guided by Santa Claus.

Again this year, we will arrange a skating rink on the Platz der Demokratie with music and mulled wine.

11.00 to 19.00

24/25 Dec 2017 and 1 Jan 2018 closed

Weimar Tourist-Office
Markt 10

Tel: 0049 (0) 3643 745 0
Fax 0049 (0) 3643 745 420
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Specials & program
  • the Weimar Christmas factory
  • the fairy tale tent
  • the Town Hall turns into a huge Advent calendar
  • typical German Christmas tree decorations

Friday to Sunday:
  • choirs, Trompet concerts, Carillon concerts from the Town Hall Tower on Market square

Information and reservation:
Weimar Tourist-Office
Markt 10
99423 Weimar
Phone: +49 (0)3643/ 745 0
Fax: +49 (0) 3643/ 745 420


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What else is on offer during the year
Town Centre
Onion Market
The humble onion is the star of the Onion Market held in Weimar every October. These are no ordinary onions lumped together in crates or sacks; these are onions plaited together in the traditional way and decorated with dried flowers of yellow, white or lilac. They come in all sizes too - from tiny ones to a whopping big one.
With more than 350 000 visitors over three days, the Onion Market is Thuringia biggest and oldest local fair. The 2011 Onion Market - the 358th - will have 500 stalls offering onion plaits, crafts and tasty treats like onion cake or onion soup. A variety of artists will also be performing - there will be more than 100 performances on the stages within the city. Enjoy a city full of music and people.
October 2017

Town Centre / Market Square
Flower Market
“There's a lack of flowers in the area,” wrote Goethe in ‘Easter Walk', one of his most famous poems. But there's no reason to complain now - for a few weeks after Easter, flower-growers and horticulturalists (including aspiring ones!) meet up at Weimar Flower Market at the height of the planting season. For many people in Weimar, the Flower Market is an opportunity to pose questions to experts and get their balconies and gardens shipshape.
May 2017

Wine Festival

Drink a Toast to Goethe
This friendly wine festival, the focal point of Weimar’s Goethe Birthday celebrations, has visitors flocking to Frauenplan square to raise their glasses and drink a toast to the great man. Wine merchants present a selection of wines from all over Germany’s wine growing regions. Locals and visitors sit out late into the night over a glass of wine or tow and listen to the entertainment.
August 2017

Market Square
Potter Market Potters from all over Thuringia gather on the market square to demonstrate their skills and sell their finished creations. Visitors watch as the clay is turned and shaped on the potter wheel and browse the stalls to see which pottery most appeals. Styles range from the traditional to the avant-garde but the quality of the craftsmanship is always high. The Potter Market has the feel of a local fair and lasts three days. It also has a programme of events including a traditional potters guild ceremony.

September 2017
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