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Christmas in Dresden

Dresden makes the winter sparkle

Dresden is probably the most romantic city in Germany, especially during Advent, where the streets and squares of the historic old town are transformed into a sparkling Christmas decor. The heart of this magical place is the Striezelmarkt, one of the largest German Christmas markets. It is also the oldest, having been established in 1474. Concerts of choirs and orchestras will be conducive to contemplation that characterizes this period and will be replaced in the New Year's Eve in rhythms celebrating new year. The frantic dances of New Year’s Eve will be followed on February 7, 2014 by an evening of elegance: the Semper Oper Ball.


An overview of all Christmas markets in Dresden:

The 579th Dresden Striezelmarkt at the Altmarkt
27/11 - 24/12/2013
Daily 10am - 9pm
27/11/2013 4pm - 9pm
13/12/2013 10am - 11pm
24/12/2013 10am - 2pm

Sparkling lights, twinkling stars, Christmas carols, the tempting aromas of mulled wine and gingerbread and children’s eyes all aglow. The Dresden Striezelmarkt has been bringing such exquisite jewels to our city for 579 years, thus being Germany’s oldest Christmas market. A seasonal oasis in which to stroll, snack and shop: Erzgebirge wooden art, Lausitz indigo prints, Moravian stars. And all naturally topped off with a slice of original Dresden Stollen cake enjoyed under the lights of the towering Erzgebirge tiered wooden pyramid. Children can create their own arts and crafts in the Pflaumentoffelhaus and bake tasty biscuits in the baker’s shop. Other draws for the little ones include a puppet theatre, the Elves’ Cinema, a gingerbread house, children’s carousel and miniature railway.

Insider tip: The ecumenical Opening Worship service with the Dresdner Kreuzchor and the Boys Choir of Dresden Cathedral on 27 November at 3 p.m. in the Church of the Holy Cross.

Dresden Pflaumentoffel Festival
30th November 2013
The varied programme recounts the history of the
Pflaumentoffel (‘Plum Man’).

Dresden Gingerbread Festival
1st December 2013
The search for the new ‘Gingerbread Princess’ reaches its crowning glory.

20th Dresden Stollenfest
7th December 2013
Following a procession through the historic Old Town, a giant Stollen cake is sliced up and shared out by the ‘Royal Master Baker’ and the Dresden Stollen Maiden.

Starlight Hours – Late night at the Striezelmarkt
7th December 2013, until 11pm
Experience the Striezelmarkt by night; be enchanted by ‘walking acts’ and atmospheric illuminations.

Pyramid Festival
14th December 2013
Towering to almost 14 meters (46 feet), the tiered Erzgebirge wooden pyramid is the largest of its kind in the world. At the Festival of the Pyramid, the figures and symbols come to life on all six tiers.

Dresden Candle Arch Festival
15th December 2013
This festival focuses on the artisans of the region, on their traditions and their ancient customs.

Church of the Holy Cross Day
20th December 2013
The Church of the Holy Cross opens its doors for a special service, with an organ concert and guided tours of this splendid building.

Christmas Capital Dresden

If you like Christmas, you’ll love Dresden. A grand total of eleven completely different Christmas markets makes for wonderfully conflicting decisions. You’ll find it all from the by no means Dark Ages to the après ski charm of alpine huts. Like a giant string of lights, the Christmas Mile winds along Prager Strasse from the main rail station to Old Market Square, then on to Neumarkt square up to the Frauenkirche. From there, it crosses over the Elbe to the Hauptstrasse Christmas Market and the Baroque quarter of Neustadt decked out in all its Advent magnificence. Holiday sounds fill the air throughout the city – the candlelit organ devotions in the Frauenkirche being just one example. From the many oratorios, Advent, organ and gospel concerts, Dresden’s churches brim with festive insider tips. Christmas tales also come to life in the city’s theatres whilst museums host special exhibitions and boats bejewelled with lights glide along the Elbe. If only Christmas could last more than just a few weeks...

Dresden Winter Lights
Christmas Market on Prager Strasse
28/11/13 - 23/12/13
Daily 11am - 9pm

Dresdner Hüttenzauber on Postplatz
Après ski, fun-filled events, unique & enticing cuisine
28/11/13 – 23/12/13

Advent on Neumarkt
28/11/13 – 22/12/13
Daily 11am – 10pm

Augustus Market
The international Christmas market at the Golden Rider statue and along Hauptstrasse
28/11/13 - 23/12/13
Mon - Thurs 11am - 9pm
Fri 11am – 10pm, Sat 10am – 10pm, Sun 10am – 9pm

13th Traditional Christmas Market at the
29/11/13 - 24/12/13
Daily 10am – 9pm

16th Neustadt Advent in the Dresden Baroque Quarter
Opening on 27/11/13

Advent Spectacular in the Stallhof
A Medieval Christmas
27/11/13 - 06/01/14
Daily 11am - 9.30pm
27/11/13 from 5pm
Closed 24/12/13 - 26/12/13

Neustädter Gelichter
Christmas in the Scheune (dining and event venue on Alaunstraße)
30/11/13 – 21/12/13
Daily 4 – 10pm
Sat, Sun 2 – 10pm

Romantic Christmas Market at the Royal Palace
28/11/13 - 24/12/13
Daily 11am - 8pm, Fri, Sat to 9pm

17th Elbhangfest Christmas market
07/12/13 - 22/12/13
Mon – Thurs 1pm - 8pm, Fri 1pm - 9pm, Sat 11am -
9pm, Sun 11am - 8pm

Ice skating at Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden
The unique ice skating paradise in the baroque courtyard of Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden invites you once again to experience all the fun of winter. Go skating and then sip homemade mulled wine in a romantic atmosphere. Winter bar with heated tables offering hot drinks and winter snacks. Skates to fit most sizes available for hire at EUR 4
23/11/13 - 02/02/14
Mon - Fri 3pm - 10pm, Sat, Sun 11am - 10pm

Christmas Concerts

During Advent, there are many performances of Johann Sebastian Bach’s « Christmas Oratorio » in Dresden churches. But the public can enjoy also many other performances of choirs, orchestras or organ. The detailed programs can be found online at

Christmas related ballets, operas, operettas, musicals or concerts in the most beautiful theatres or concert halls are

New Year’s Eve open air party on Theaterplatz

The city of Dresden offers arguably one of the most beautiful scenery of Germany for the fireworks of New Year's Eve. All along the banks of the Elbe through the Neustadt, thousands of Dresdeners meet and bring drinks and fireworks to celebrate the transition to the new year in front of the sumptuously illuminated city’s skyline.

On Theaterplatz between concerts and food stands, the festivities of the New Year's Eve are unforgettable. This special day is crowned by a spectacular fireworks display.


Local History Museum
Wilsdruffer Strasse 2
Christmas in the Landhaus
Chocolate City Dresden – Sweets from the Florence on the Elbe
30/11/13 - 02/03/14
Tues – Sun 10am – 6pm, Fri 10am – 7pm, Closed on Mondays

Dresden Transport Museum
Augustusstrasse 1
All systems go for the running of the 0-gauge model railway
30/11/13 – 05/01/14
Tue – Sun 10am – 6pm, Closed on Mondays (except 23rd
Der Weihnachtsmann macht Dampf
(Father Christmas Under Steam)
Advent family festival with plenty of activities for old and young
08/12/13, 10am - 6pm

Museum of Saxon Folk Art
Köpckestraße 1
Christmas at Jägerhof
with accompanying “A Homemade Christmas” exhibition
30/11/13 – 26/01/14
Tues – Sun 10am – 6pm, Closed on Mondays

Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden
Lingnerplatz 1
Permanent exhibition ‘Human Adventure’
Children`s Museum ‘Our Five Senses’
Tue – Sun 10am – 6pm, Closed on Mondays (except holidays)

Christmas throughout the region

Schloss Wackerbarth at Radebeul
Manufacturer’s market at Schloss Wackerbarth
Find select gift ideas from Saxon manufactories whilst savouring fine wine and other delectables
13th -15th Dec 2013
Christmas Menues with wine tastings (daily)

Porzellanmanufaktur Meissen
Special menues, concerts and artisanry markets

Baroque Castle of Moritzburg
Anniversary Exhibition
40 years of fairy tale cult films Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella
16/11/13 - 02/03/14
Tues – Sun 10am – 6pm
24th, 31st
Dec, 9am – 1pm
Closed on Mondays

Königstein Fortress
Historic-Romantic Christmas Market at the Festung Königstein
30th Nov, 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd Dec, 11am – 7pm

Weesenstein Castle
Christmas market at the Weesenstein Castle
30th Nov and 1st Dec, 2pm – 5pm

Tourist Information

Dresden Information at the Frauenkirche
QF Passage, Neumarkt 2, 01067 Dresden
Office hours:
Mon –Fri 10am –7pm
Sat 10am – 6pm
Sun/holidays 10am - 3pm
Dresden Information at the main rail station
Wiener Platz 4, 01069 Dresden
Office hours:
Mon – Sun 9am – 7pm
Tourist Info Point at the Striezelmarkt
open daily

  • Accommodations
  • Event tickets
  • Sightseeing and guided city tours
  • Dresden Cards
  • Family deals
  • Souvenirs
  • Striezelmarkt vouchers

Contact Press & Trade:
Dresden Marketing GmbH
Messering 7
01067 Dresden
tel. +49 351 501 731 35



Map of Christmas Markets