Everything you need to know about the Frankfurt Christmas Market
From local cuisine to snow globe-like scenes, Germany’s oldest and largest Christmas market has it all.
German Christmas markets are the most traditional festive pastime and Frankfurt Christmas Market is now one of the most sought-after winter destinations in all of Europe.
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Being one of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany dating back to the 14th century, Frankfurt Christmas Market draws in millions of visitors every year from across the world.
From the enchanting backdrops of the Römerberg and St Paul’s Square and the huge 30m Christmas tree creating snow globe scenes to countless timber stalls selling market favourites like roasted sausages, mulled wine, and unique gifts, Frankfurt Christmas Market really does have it all.
Whether you’re looking for traditional Christmas markets or fancy cooler, quirkier alternatives (including a pink Christmas market or rooftop market with skyline views), you’re spoilt for choice with plenty of festive markets dotted around the city.
WHEN IS FRANKFURT CHRISTMAS MARKET?
The Frankfurt Christmas Market is scheduled to take place from November 27 – December 21, 2023, and is open Monday – Saturday from 10am – 9pm and Sunday from 11am – 9pm.
FRANKFURT CHRISTMAS MARKET LOCATIONS
The Frankfurt Christmas Market scene consists of a few main players around the city (the Weihnachtsmarkt Frankfurt being the main official Frankfurt Christmas Market) and you’ll find other unique markets around the city.
Weihnachtsmarkt Frankfurt Römerberg
The Weihnachtsmarkt Frankfurt Römerberg is the heart and soul of Frankfurt’s Christmas market scene. With its whimsical half-timbered backdrop, spectacular twinkling 30m Christmas tree and an enchanting vintage carousel, this square is like a snow globe coming to life during Christmas time.
HLN TOP TIP: This is one of the busiest Christmas markets in the city, so expect huge crowds during peak periods.
Just North of Römerberg you’ll find an extension of the market with the backdrop of the enchanting St Paul’s Church. Here there’s a handful of stalls selling traditional handicrafts, gifts and souvenirs with one highlight being Wagner’s Honighaus, a two-story half-timbered house selling honey products of all kinds with a chance for you to taste test.
If you keep walking north, you’ll end up at Hauptwache. If you love seeing old sights juxtaposed with the new, make sure you stop here. From a chalet dishing out hot soups to pretzel-shaped dog biscuits for your four-legged friend, the market is linked to Frankfurt’s busiest shopping for the ultimate shopping experience.
If you head south for some riverside shopping, be sure to visit the Mainkai Market. Here, you’ll find dozens of stalls set along one of the city’s prettiest backdrops, with a lot more space to relax and shop away from the crowds. Set along the banks of the Main river are dozens of stalls here offering up pretty views and a little extra breathing space after the chaos and Hunger Gamey vibes of Römerberg.
HIDDEN MARKET GEMS
City Beach Market
Address: 5th floor of Konstabler Car Park, Carl-Theodor-Reiffenstein Platz 5
This is one of the most unique Christmas markets in Frankfurt, with a chic rooftop setting that offers views of Frankfurt’s epic skyline. With a small handful of stalls selling food, drink, and gifts, the quirky market offers a great ambience and view… along with its own curling rink.
Rosa Weihnacht/Frankfurt Pink Christmas
For a more colourful take on Frankfurt’s Christmas market scene, be sure to stop by the Rosa Weihnacht, Frankfurt’s LGBTQ market. The Frankfurt Pink Market is all about glitz and glam, with a chill, laid-back vibe that’s distinctly more local than some of the other Christmas markets in Frankfurt.
EXPERIENCE THE LOCAL CUISINE
Glühwein – Traditionally made drink with red wine and add various spices at Frankfurt Christmas Market you’ll find mulled wine made from white wine. Look out for the small stands that belong to local vineyards.
Hot Apple Wine – Known as Apfelwein, this drink resembles cider but with a more sour and less sparkly aftertaste.
HLN TOP TIP: Remember to bring back your mug or glass after you’ve finished your drink, as you will get some money back or take it home as a souvenir
Bethmännchen and Brenten – these traditional Christmas cookies that are a speciality in Frankfurt, made with marzipan dough that consists of ground almonds, rose water and powdered sugar.
Bratwurst – This traditional roasted sausage is a must but also make sure to try the Rindsbratwurst which is made from beef.
Flammlachs – this dish is salmon grilled on a wooden board by the fire. You can find it at the Pink Christmas Market.
Reibekuchen/Kartoffelpuffer – These potato pancakes have the choice between multiple toppings, with apple sauce being the most traditional option.
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