Book your trip to visit Munich Christmas Markets 2018
If Father Christmas (or de Weihnacktsmann) is going to be getting ready for the big day anywhere this season it will be at Munich’s famed Christkindlmarkt (or Christmas market) that takes over the scenic Marienplatz square and surroundings from 27 November all the way until the big night, Christmas Eve. So, if you know your gingerbread from your glugwein, you’ve just found the hottest ticket in town!
One of the highlights for festive lovers is to watch the gigantic Christmas tree’s thousands of lights switched on (27th of November); this announces the opening of the market and the true beginning of Christmas in the city. This year the tree has come from the pretty Bavarian town of Burghausen and is at the centre of the city’s traditional celebrations.
The Christmas tree by St Michael’s Church is also the spot to head to if you like the idea of adding your own voice to the Christmas cheer when you join professional Bavarian musicians in singing traditional carols under the tree as part of celebration of yuletide joy.
If you want to add your voice to the angelic sounds of Christmas you can on the 29th of November and again on the 6th, 13th and 20th of December at 17.00 on the church forecourt.
For lovers of traditional Christmas magic then make your way to Rindermarkt where the “Square of Stars” can be found. Here in this pretty illuminated area you will be able to indulge in traditional Bavarian delicacies like Bratwurst, fish soup and heart and hand warming heated beer to keep the winter chills at bay while you shop the stalls filled with traditional crafts, gifts, sweets and warm fuzzy fun!
While Munich plays host to Germany’s largest nativity market, which is full of the beautiful stuff of angels and the story of Christmas, the lesser known side of local tradition may surprise some. The Krampus is a hairy and scary mythical figure in Bavarian and neighbouring Austria, this beastly creature traditionally worked with Saint Nicholas to scare children into behaving! Yikes, I think we all prefer to present bringing Santa!
If you’re game for some fun and you’re not easily scared you can watch the “Sparifankerl Pass” where groups of people wear elaborate costumes and horned masks to become the shaggy legendary Krampus. They literally chase around the market causing mischief on the 9th and 23rd of December between 15.00 until17.00. The role of the Krampus is to amuse and not to scare; these cheeky creatures add some theatrical fun to the celebrations!
If you prefer your fun to be less dramatic you can join the crowds who can’t resist becoming the audience watching the traditional style Punch and Judy puppet shows over four advent Sundays in December for those of you who can’t resist entertaining your inner child! Found in the passage to the Rathausinnenhof (Prunkhof), there are two shows to catch at 14.00 and 15.00. The perfect traditional break from all that eating and drinking!
Munich’s Christkindlmarkt is one of the most magical in Germany and a great chance to embrace the warm, delicious and joyful side of Christmas and the perfect chance to buy some uniquely beautiful gifts. Here’s a toast to cheerful singing and sharing many glasses of glugwein. Prost!
Open daily from 10am right until the evening time, except on Sundays when it packs up at 20.00 and on Christmas Eve when it closes at 14.00 just to make sure everyone has enough time to get your stockings ready for Saint Nicholas!
Book your bed in Munich at Euro Youth Hotel, the chosen Famous Hostels member in Munich, with private rooms and shared accommodation available, we also have the Euro Bar for guests where you can have a cold beer and enjoy an international crowd or live music. Book direct at www.euro-youth-hotel.de