Are you looking for delightful Christmas markets in Dresden, Germany, that can bring you some of that yuletide cheer? Then you will enjoy this list we have put together. Not only is Dresden a beautiful city, but it also features several charming quintessential Christmas markets. These bazaars are unique yet so similar in the fun and excitement that they offer to tourists and travelers. Each one is as interesting as the next that you will have trouble deciding which to visit! There is nothing like wandering around magical snowy holiday fairs, drinking hot chocolate, buying wooden toys and handcrafted objects, and singing along to beautiful carols. Here are the top Christmas markets in Dresden, Germany. There are also several Airbnb rentals and hotels you can rent to lengthen your stay in Dresden.
Augustusmarkt lies on the right side of Elbe in Dresden and features a wide variety of things to keep you in the Christmas spirit. It spans Neustadter Markt down to Dreifaltigkeitskirche. Here you will find several German foods, most of which are local and traditional. In addition, this festive market showcases local arts and crafts. You can get a taste of delicacies from different parts of Europe as well. As the venue is on Hauptstrasse, you can walk down the riverfront and enjoy stunning views of the surrounding area.
Address: Hauptstraße, 01097 Dresden, Germany
Opening hours: Nov 28 - Dec 3: Mon - Thu: 10am - 9pm; Fri - Sun: 10am - 10pm
2. Dresden Striezelmarkt
This Christmas market is traditionally referred to as Striezelmarkt. Founded in 1434, the Striezelmarkt in Dresden is considered as the first genuine Christmas market in the world. The name is derived from hefestriezel, a delicious delicacy that is now referred to as the German Christmas cake. Striezelmarkt is the oldest Christmas market in Germany and is the inspiration for several of the Christmas markets around the country. It is held on Altmarkt Square, which is the city center. There are several things to see here, but perhaps the most famous is the Christmas arch. Aside from that, there are delicacies to enjoy, including the previously mentioned German Christmas cake. As the oldest and largest of its kind in the region, this holiday attraction offers a fun traditional experience.
Address: Dresden, Germany
Website: Dresden Striezelmarkt
Opening hours: Nov 27 - Dec 24: 10am - 9pm (daily)
If you crave a medieval Christmas market experience, then Mittelalter-Weihnacht is an excellent place to be. It is held right in the courtyard of Dresden’s Royal Palace and offers a truly remarkable atmosphere with plenty of food and drinks available. The shops are stocked with different goods and stuff to buy. The fun ambiance is enhanced by the presence of several artists who play minstrels and jesters to fit with the medieval feel of the event. Come and drink mulled wine and hot chocolate. If those aren’t enough to lift your spirits, you can always dip into any of the tubs that are found in the public bathhouse.
Address: Augustusstraße 1, 01067 Dresden, Germany
Opening hours: Nov 27 - Dec 23: 11am - 9:30pm (daily)
Price: 3 - 5 USD
You might be interested in these Airbnbs!
4. Dresden Winter Lights Market
Dresden Winter Lights Market is the most recognizable Christmas marketplace in Dresden. It is held in one of the most popular shopping districts in the city. The main attraction of this market is the giant 15-meter-high (50-foot) Christmas tree. Aside from this, you will find hundreds of lights illuminating the venue. It truly lives up to its name. The stalls that line the streets also offer a distraction from pre-Christmas stress. They offer some of the best local arts and serve delicious local food. Come and lose yourself in this collection of lights and sounds at Dresden Winter Lights Market.
Dresden Winter Lights Market
Address: Prager Strasse, Dresden, Germany
Website: Dresden Winter Lights Market
Opening hours: Nov 28 - Dec 23: 10am - 11pm (daily)
5. Christmas Market at Frauenkirche
This Dresden Christmas market at Frauenkirche lies just outside the shops and restaurants of the area around Frauenkirche Church. The market offers a beautiful sight of the historic town of Dresden. Come and enjoy a romantic evening here with your special someone. You can take a stroll along the streets lined with festive stalls. There are several arts and crafts on display, along with various cuisines and drinks. This small fair is excellent when shopping for traditional crafts objects, including pottery and glass art. A major attraction is the 8-meter-tall (26-foot) pyramid decorated with carved pictures. You can pose for some truly memorable pictures and have a great time.
Christmas Market at Frauenkirche
Address: Münzgasse, Dresden, Germany
Website: Christmas Market at Frauenkirche
Opening hours: Nov 27 - Dec 24: Fri - Sat: 10am - 10pm; Sun - Thu: 10am - 9pm; Christmas Eve: 10am - 2pm
6. Christmas Market on Neumarkt
Neumarkt is set right in front of the gorgeous Frauenkirche. It is a beautiful historic market replete with works of art, so you can buy little crafted objects for Christmas. Some of the artisans found here belong to several guilds—bagmakers, bellfounders, and watchmakers. The stalls are also renowned for attracting the best chocolatiers, engravers, and writers in the region. You can enjoy various sights as you go about picking objects or getting inscriptions. There are events as well, and they often start at night, so you can watch while dining on some of the finest local food and drinks.
Christmas Market on Neumarkt
Address: Neumarkt, Dresden, Germany
Website: Christmas Market on Neumarkt
Opening hours: Nov 28 - Dec 12: 11am - 10pm (daily)
Enjoy the best of the season
Dresden is a beautiful place to visit at any time of the year. However, it is especially lovely during the yuletide season. The wonderful, festive atmosphere pervades the entire city. Get into the holiday mood and visit any of the several Christmas fairs in town. Whether you are looking for traditional gifts, delicious food, or mulled wine—or just looking to have beautiful memories—the Christmas markets in Dresden have something for you!
Get Trip101 in your inbox