When: November 28 to December 24, 2018 Daily from 10:00 to 21:00 hours
Other Details: The Striezelmarkt is Germany’s Oldest Christmas Market. This year it will be the 584th Christmas Market. This takes place at the Altmarkt square each year. The market’s name comes from Stollen, the well-known Christmas bread, which is also known as “Striezel” in Middle High German. Every year, the traditional “Stollen festival” is celebrated in honour of this delicacy. Every year, the ceremonial first slice of the giant Stollen at the Striezelmarkt is followed by a Stollen procession through the Baroque Old Town.
The Striezelmarkt is not by any means the only thing the city of Dresden has to offer. A large number of small and large markets are distributed throughout the city. Each has developed its own flair and individual character over the years. A whole “Christmas mile” extends along Prager Straße to the other side of the Elbe River.
Stallhof Advent Festival
A true spectacle presents itself to visitors within the walls of the Dresden Royal Palace during the Stallhof Advent Festival. Guild craftsmen and craftswomen present their goods here in a historic and very traditional atmosphere. Jugglers and players provide entertainment. In addition to the unusual culinary delicacies offered every year, the public bathhouse is also very popular. It has two gigantic wooden washtubs in which up to eight persons can respectively enjoy a hot bath.
28 November to 23 December 2018, daily 11 am to 9.30 pm
“Rauhnächte” (rough nights) after Christmas: 27 November to 30 December 2018 and 2nd to 6th January 2019 (closed: 24 to 26/31 December and 1st January) Stallhof, Schlossstraße/Schlossplatz, 01067 Dresden
Christmas markets at the Frauenkirche
A Christmas shopping excursion thus also takes you past the traditional Christmas market at the Frauenkirche. Traditional products like pottery, glassware and lace from the Vogtland region are sold on Münzgasse. The eight-meter-tall climbable pyramid, covered in handmade wooden figurines, is the main attraction of this small market. In order to bridge the waiting time until Christmas for the little ones, Santa Claus comes daily from 4 pm and has a surprise for every child.
28 November to 24 December 2018, Sun to Thur 10 am to 9 pm, Fri/Sat 10 am to 10 pm, 24 December 2018 10 am to 2 pm Münzgasse, 01067 Dresden.
For more information on other markets in Dresden and for details, check the Source page.