Updated: Sep 12
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.
We would like to share our experience of Christmas Markets in Munich. We visited Munich in December 2018 and 2019 to explore the Festivity of Christmas.
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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.
It has one of the tallest Christmas Trees in Munich with a background of the magnificent Munich Town hall.
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.
Some food stalls also sell Christmas specialties like Mandel, wurst, etc. You can also enjoy live music every day over the balcony of the Town hall.
SternenPlatz at Rinder:
It's an extension of the Market at Marienplatz and is missed out 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.
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You can find a Christmas Wooden Pyramid and traditional red-colored stalls serving Gluhwein.
Christmas Festivity in Viktualienmarkt:
My 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.
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.
The place has a beautiful Christmas market with wooden stalls selling Christmas decorations, jewelry, lights, Christmas trees, etc.
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.
Various wooden stalls sell wooden ornaments, lanterns, Christmas decor, scarves, and many other things.
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.
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.
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 World’s famous Oktoberfest takes place yearly in Theresienwiese.
There are German and International exhibitors displaying different things in tent stalls. There are lots of food tents serving different cuisines with seating stalls.
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.
There’s a famous Grandma Barn which is famous among kids. There are a variety of stalls with traditional food, jewelry, ornaments, etc.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Apart from Munich Christmas markets, you can also explore other Christmas Markets nearby Munich: