On the Römerberg, a beautifully decorated fir tree reaches toward the skies. Frankfurt’s historical old town is brightly illuminated by thousands of fairy lights reflecting off the windows of the square’s traditional half-timbered houses. The scent of baked apples, chestnuts, gingerbread and mulled wine fills the air. It’s Christmas market time again in Frankfurt am Main. If you’ve ever wanted to experience the wonderful wintertime charm of the old world, then the Frankfurt Christmas Market is the place for you.
Every year, the scent of roast chestnuts, mulled wine and grilled sausages fills the air above the Roemerberg during the Advent season. Frankfurt’s Christmas market is famous for a number of traditional Christmas delicacies, including Bethmännchen, small almond biscuits, hot apple wine with cinnamon and cloves, and the delicious Quetschemännchen, colourful figures made of nuts and dried plums. Another unique culinary feature of the Frankfurt Christmas Market is the Honey House on St Paul’s Square. This 300-year-old timberframe building, which is assembled every year especially for the market, proffers a rich variety of honey-based products, including many varieties of honey, honey wine, candles and other goods made of beeswax.
Lovers of handcraft, meanwhile, are sure to find what they are looking for at the Roemerhallen (Roman Halls) and St Paul’s Church, where local artists await with a unique arts and crafts bazaar. Here, the chances of finding a one-of-a-kind Christmas gift are very high indeed. While the grown-ups are busy with the purchase of Christmas presents, the little ones have the opportunity to enjoy themselves on the historical wooden-horse merry-go-round or take in some of the other children’s attractions on offer.
The festive sounds of Christmas may be heard every Wednesday and Saturday at 6:00 pm, when the tower horns trumpet from the balcony of St Nicolas Church, filling the Römerberg with nostalgic yuletide melodies. There’s plenty more music on offer, with Christmas carols from across the globe performed regularly on the Römerberg stage, right next to the market’s beautiful life-sized nativity scene.
A special extension to the traditional Frankfurt Christmas Market is the ‘Pink Christmas Market’ at Friedrich Stoltze Square. This little market’s stalls and Christmas trees glow in bright pink. The rustic wooden booths serve hot cocktails, homemade soup, gingerbread and much, much more.
There has been a Christmas market in Frankfurt for over 600 years. Full of history and traditions the Frankfurt Christmas Market is one of Germany’s oldest and most popular Christmas markets in Europe. In fact the Frankfurt Christmas Market is so good and beautiful that every year a smaller sibling version takes place in the UK cities of Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Edinburgh, which is probably one contributing factor why the German Christmas Markets have grown so much in international popularity, over the last few years.
For visitors from outside Germany the Frankfurt Christmas Market couldn’t be easier to get to or have a better location as it is only 15 minutes away from Germany’s largest airport and there’s an endless variety of luxury and affordable hotels in Frankfurt to choose from.
The Frankfurt Christmas Market takes place on the Römerberg square, Paulsplatz and Mainkai quay, 200 stalls offer arts, crafts and seasonal food and drink. A wide range of entertainment around the 30-metre high Christmas tree includes concerts, trumpet fanfares from the balcony of St. Nicholas’s Church and the church carillon. You can discover the inside secrets and hidden delights of Frankfurt’s Christmas market on a guided themed tour around glühwein, seasonal stories and delicious baked goods.
Today the Weihnachtsmarkt stretches from the Zeil shopping mall to the Römerberg and down to the river Main. More than 200 beautifully decorated stalls catch visitor’s attention. The huge Christmas tree in front of the Römer is the pride of the locals. With thousands of lights the tree adds to the festive atmosphere of the market.
What’s new this year?
- Chiming of Church Bells (Frankfurter Stadtgeläut) – Christmas and church bells belong together. Listen to the chiming of Frankfurt’s 50 church bells (from 10 churches) on 24th December from 17:00 to 17:30. Take a walk from the Römer down to the Main to get a different sound experience as you can’t hear the bells of all churches at one place.
- Carillon (Glockenspiel) of St. Nicholas’ Church – Apart from its 4 bells which are in tune with the other church bells, St. Nicholas Church also has a carillon of smaller 47 bells. Listen to the carillon daily at 09:05, 12:05 und 17:05.
- Frankfurt artists are featured in the Römerhallen during the Christmas market.
- Christmassy merry-go-rounds, toys and sweets keep the kids happy. Of course Nikolaus (Santa Claus) visits the market as well. Meet him on 6th December from 17:30 on the Römerberg stage.
And of course, all the traditional stalls with food and crafts, attractions and millions of lights won’t miss too!
When? From 27th November to 22nd December 2017
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