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Munich Christmas Market Guide- Things to do at Munich Christmas Market

Updated: Nov 26, 2023


Munich Christmas Guide


At the end of November, Munich city is decorated with lights and the festivity of Christmas. There are different Christmas markets in Munich that are unique in their own style and worth to visit them.


Christmas Market in Marienplatz, Munich
Christmas Market in Marienplatz, Munich

We would like to share our experience of Christmas Markets in Munich.


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Christkindlmarkt :


We started our tour from Christkindlmarkt, one of the oldest Christmas markets. It's the Christmas market located in Marienplatz and the shopping street nearby.


Christkindlmarkt Marienplatz
Christkindlmarkt Marienplatz, Munich

It has one of the tallest Christmas Trees in Munich with a background of the magnificent Munich Town hall.


Christkindlmarkt Marienplatz, Munich
Christkindlmarkt Marienplatz, Munich

The Marienplatz is already one of the most happening and lively places in Munich, but the square and the streets are overcrowded with people due to the Christmas festivity.





The square has small wooden shops selling unique Christmas decoration pieces and souvenirs.


Christmas Market at Marienplatz, Munich
Christmas Festivity at Marienplatz, Munich

Some food stalls also sell Christmas specialties like Mandel, wurst, etc. You can also enjoy live music (glockenspiel) every day over the balcony of the Town hall.


Christmas Festivity at Kauferingerstrasse, Munich
Christmas Festivity at Kauferingerstrasse, Munich


Christmas Market at SternenPlatz at Rinder:


It's an extension of the Market at Marienplatz and is missed by lots of people, but it's a beautiful market with the mind-blowing decor of lights on the trees. It provides the cozy and romantic feel of Christmas.


Christmas Wooden Pyramid in Munich
Christmas Wooden Pyramid at Rindermarkt, Munich


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You can find a Christmas Wooden Pyramid and traditional red-colored stalls serving Gluhwein.




Christmas Festivity in Viktualienmarkt:


Our next stop was The Viktualienmarkt. It is a permanent open-air market just a few meters away from Marienplatz. The market has turned into a Christmas wonder.


Christmas Market in Viktualienmarkt, Munich
Christmas Festivity in Viktualienmarkt, Munich

The market is lightened up with Christmas colors with lots of stalls and tables to enjoy the Christmas specialties.



Christmas Market at Sendlinger tor:


Sendlinger tor is one of the gates of Munich, and it's just a few meters away from Viktualienmarkt, so we walked directly towards Sendlinger Tor to experience the Christmas market there. It’s also one of the most vibrant places in Munich, with uncountable bars.


Christmas Market at Sendlinger tor, Munich
Christmas Market at Sendlinger tor, Munich

The place has a beautiful Christmas market with wooden stalls selling Christmas decorations, jewelry, lights, Christmas trees, etc.


Christmas Market at Sendlinger tor, Munich
Christmas Market at Sendlinger tor, Munich


Munich Residenz Christmas market- Kaiserhof:


After exploring these markets, we headed towards our favorite Christmas market in Munich. It’s in the Courtyard of Munich Residenz. You will be amazed at how Munich Residenz's courtyard portrays Christmas festivity.


Munich Residenz Christmas market
Munich Residenz Christmas market

Various wooden stalls sell wooden ornaments, lanterns, Christmas decor, scarves, and many other things.


Munich Residenz Christmas market
Munich Residenz Christmas market

The fascinating thing about the market is the display of the dolls and Santa Claus depicting different scenes. The markets become very crowded and packed on the weekends.



Travel back to Medieval times in Wittelsbacher Platz:


Our next stop was exploring the Christmas festivity in Medieval style near the famous Odeonsplatz.


The Wittelsbacher Platz has changed into a Medieval village even the people over there are also dressed in traditional old medieval style costumes.


 Medieval Christmas Market in Munich
Medieval time in Wittelsbacher Platz

There are ongoing shows for the entertainment of the audience on weekends and a lot of music surrounded by different wooden stalls selling Christmas special things like wooden carved decoration pieces, candles, soaps, jewelry, etc.



Medieval’s time in Wittelsbacher Platz Christmas Market, Munich
Medieval’s time in Wittelsbacher Platz Christmas Market, Munich

Pink Christmas Market in Stephansplatz:


Munich also has a pink Christmas market, which looks like a Fairytale. It has pink theme trees and typical German stalls like any other Christmas Market.



Tollwood Magic- Theresienwiesen:


The Tollwood is not a Christmas but a winter market where the World’s famous Oktoberfest takes place yearly in Theresienwiese.


Tollwood Winter, Munich
Tollwood Winter Theresienwiesen, Munich

There are German and International exhibitors displaying different things in tent stalls. There are lots of food tents serving different cuisines with seating stalls.


Tollwood Winter, Munich
Tollwood Winter Theresienwiesen, Munich

Chinese tower Christmas market:


The Chinese Christmas market is located in the famous Englischer Garten. The market is more popular with locals than international visitors. There are lots of families and friends visiting there and crowded with lots of people.


Christmas market in Englischer Garten, Munich
Chinese Christmas market in Englischer Garten, Munich

There’s a famous Grandma Barn which is famous among kids. There are a variety of stalls with traditional food, jewelry, ornaments, etc.


Chinese Christmas market in Munich
Chinese Christmas market in Englischer Garten, Munich

Neuhaus Christmas Market:


The next stop was Rotkreuzplatz to explore the Christmas Market of Neuhaus. The area is well connected with the subway and buses.



It’s a small Christmas market with the most authentic and local vibes as it's not too touristic. The market has a Christmas Pyramid which can be seen from a distance.


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Christmas Festivity in Munich
Christmas Festivity in Munich

It's one of the best markets for the kids as they have a Puppet show every Sunday between 2 PM and 3 PM.


There are many food stalls selling Crepes, Sausages, Pommes, Potatoes with Sour cream, and other street food there. The market also has live performances.



Haidhausen Christmas Market:


We headed toward Rosheimer Platz to explore the Christmas market of Haidhausen in Weissenburger Platz.


The place has a perfect environment of festivity with magical lights and wooden huts of different stalls with Christmas decor, lights, candles, small souvenirs, and food stalls.


Christmas Market in Munich
Christmas Festivity in Munich

To enjoy the live music with the Christmas festivity, it's the best Christmas market to visit.


Schwabinger Christmas Market:


To enjoy the Bohemian-style Christmas market, Munich Freiheit is a must place to visit.


Christmas market in Schwabinger, Munich
Bohemian style Christmas market in Schwabinger, Munich

The market has a lot to offer, from its unique, bright, and inspiring arts and crafts of the Schwabing Artist to sculpture and live concerts and performances.




Christmas market in Schwabing Munich
Bohemian style Christmas market in Schwabinger, Munich

Karlsplatz Skating:


The Ice Skating Rink is set up in the middle of the city in Karlsplatz Stachus to enjoy the winter and Christmas festivals at maximum. Everybody is welcome in the rink to enjoy ice skating whether they know how to skate.


Ice Skating Rink at Karlplatz Stachus Munich
Ice Skating Rink, Karlplatz Stachus Munich

You can also borrow skating boots from the counter. There are a variety of discounted offers on various days for students, old people, and others.


Check their website. The price of each block varies from Euro 6 to Euro 9 for adults for 2.5 hours.


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Ending Note:


Apart from Munich Christmas markets, you can also explore other Christmas Markets nearby Munich:


  • Dachau Christkindlmarkt

  • Freising Christkindlmarkt

  • Pasinger Christkindlamrkt

  • Fürstenfeldbruck Weihnachtsmarkt

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