21st November to 23rd December 2016
The Cologne Christmas Markets - from "traditional" to the harbour market - ensure a festive mood during Advent. We would like to describe some of them to you here:
- Christmas Market at the Heumarkt (Haymarket) directly next to the Maritim Hotel in Cologne
The "Heinzelmännchen" (Elves of Cologne) open their historic Christmas Market in Cologne's Old Town. The hard-working little elves at Heumarkt and Alter Markt have had some great ideas for imbuing Cologne with Christmas spirit. The fairytale setting is also the scenery for a spectacular ice-skating adventure world.
- Christmas Market at Cologne Cathedral
The best known and most attractive Christmas Market is held in a fabulous location in front of Cologne's landmark Cathedral. A gigantic Christmas tree springs up in the middle of the market - the highest natural Christmas tree in North Rhine-Westphalia, at 25 metres. Live performances take place at the foot of the great fir tree, under a canopy of more than 70,000 LEDs.
- Neumarkt Christmas Market
The Angels Market at the "New Market" entrances with decorative stars of oakwood and a starlight glow from hundreds of lights in the trees. With a bit of luck, visitors might even encounter "real live angels", who stand at the Engelstor (Angels' Gate) and usher you in to an extraordinary Christmas experience.