Christmas market in Heidelberg 2024

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The Christmas market in Heidelberg 2024

The Christmas market in Heidelberg is worth a trip to in 2024 Baden-Württemberg. There is Christmas romantic. Heidelberg is one of the university cities in Germany. With its old town, its location on the Neckar and the castle in Heidelberg on the hill behind the old town, it offers a backdrop that romantics like. This comes into its own during the Christmas season. You can experience them at the Christmas market. From November 25th to December 22nd, 2024, Heidelberg will shine in the splendor of the Christmas market. This is open daily from 22 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. until December 21.00nd.



Book the Heidelberg Christmas market with overnight stay

The following hotels are located near the Heidelberg Christmas Market:

Just a stone's throw from Universitätsplatz, this hotel impresses with its historic architecture. The rooms are comfortable and the breakfast is rich. Ideal for exploring the Heidelberg Christmas market.

This hotel is located near Bismarckplatz and offers modern rooms. The good connection to public transport is particularly practical. This means you can reach all the places at the Christmas market in no time.

Located directly on the Neckar and near the Kornmarkt, this hotel offers a great view. After a stroll through the Christmas market, you can relax here with a hot tea.
You can find more hotels in Heidelberg’s Old Town here*.

Accommodation at the Heidelberg Christmas market and castle



Heidelberg Christmas market at Universitätsplatz


The smell of Heidelbär mulled wine at the Heidelberg Christmas market

With the scent of Heidelbär Mulled wine, Christmas cookies as well as almonds flow through the city. The best thing to do is to try all the variations of the blueberry mulled wine from the Heidelberg Christmas market. Because it's even available in white and pink. Buy a cup full and stroll past the wooden huts. There are handicrafts, Christmas decorations, Christmas tree decorations and possibly a Christmas present for the family. Maybe you would like to try baked apples instead? Or are you more in the mood for a bratwurst? In any case, the selection of delicacies is large. The Heidelberg Christmas market is spread across the city's squares.

  • The Bismarckplatz, which is located at the entrance to the old town and at the same time gets you in the mood for the Christmas market.
  • Am Anatomy Garden with the statue of Robert Bunsen, who taught in Heidelberg. There are also huts decorated for Christmas here.
  • The University Square with the old one Karussell is the largest square in the Heidelberg Christmas market. Children will definitely love the historic jumping horse carousel.
  • The grain market with the Winter forest, where fir trees, pointed tents and a Christmas nativity scene spread the atmosphere. There are also culinary delights, handicrafts and a children's railway.
  • Am Marketplace Finally, the Christmas town is located with the Big barrel, on whose roof the Heidelberg symbolic figure rotates. It also says this there Santa Claus' house, where children can have their photo taken with Santa Claus for €5,00. (The money goes to Heidelberg children's projects.)

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The Heidelberg barrel has been on the market square since 2019. Despite a capacity of 120.000 liters, it is only half the size of the original barrel in Heidelberg Castle. There is a sales room in there. Don't miss the room above. From there you have a beautiful view of the Christmas market.


Christmas market in Heidelberg
Christmas market in Heidelberg


Christmas market Heidelberg

When strolling through the Advent market in Heidelberg, you shouldn't miss the attractions on the city's squares. A merry-go-round awaits visitors on Universitätsplatz. This makes children's eyes light up. Children can ride a train at the Kornmarkt. There is also a nativity scene to admire. In the marketplace of Heidelberg finally stands the Christmas pyramid. At Karlsplatz in Heidelberg, visitors can rent ice skates and try out their skills on the ice rinks.


Heidelberg Christmas market and castle
Heidelberg Christmas market and castle


It's not just the children who get into the Christmas spirit when strolling through the Advent market in Heidelberg. Adults like it too.

Opening times Christmas market Heidelberg 2024:

The Heidelberg Christmas market takes place from November 25 to December 22, 2024.

Heidelberg Christmas market:

25. November to 22. December 2024

Heidelberg Winter Grove:

November 25, 2024 to January 1, 2025
Closed December 24th

Heidelberg ice rink:

November 25, 2024 to January 6, 2025
Daily 10.00:22.00 a.m. – XNUMX:XNUMX p.m
December 24: closed
December 25th and 26th: 12.00pm - 22.00pm
December 31: 10.00 a.m. - 01.00 a.m.
1 January: 12.00:22.00 p.m. – XNUMX:XNUMX p.m

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If you have more time, you will find additional tips here what you can do in Heidelberg. (in English)


Christmas market in Heidelberg
Christmas market in Heidelberg


Experience Christmas in Heidelberg

Christmas in Heidelberg is an experience you shouldn’t miss. Here are some reasons why you should experience Christmas in Heidelberg.

Historical backdrop

The Christmas market in Heidelberg takes place against the backdrop of the old town and the castle. This historical setting gives the market a very special flair.

Stands of all kinds

Whether handicrafts, decorations for the Christmas tree or delicacies – the selection of stands is large. You'll find everything your heart desires here, from mulled wine to homemade gifts.

fun for kids

For younger visitors, for example, there is a carousel and a small train. Various workshops and events are also offered that inspire children.

Cultural events

In addition to the stands, there is also a program full of culture, ranging from choir performances to theater performances.

Regional cuisine

Another highlight is the regional cuisine. From bratwurst to chestnuts to student kisses - the variety is definitely great.

Questions and answers about the Christmas market in Heidelberg

When does the Christmas market in Heidelberg take place and how long does it last?

The Christmas market in Heidelberg usually starts at the end of November and runs until just before Christmas Eve. Enjoy the festive atmosphere during the four weeks.

Where exactly is the Christmas market in Heidelberg?

The Christmas market stretches along the main street, from Bismarckplatz to Universitätsplatz. The entire pedestrian zone will be transformed into a Christmas village.

Are there special attractions or activities for children?

Yes, there is a stage for fairy tales and other events for the little ones. They can also have fun on the carousel or visiting Santa Claus.

What delicacies await me at the Christmas market?

There are a variety of delicacies at the Heidelberg Christmas market. Be sure to try the stollen, cookie, bratwurst, roasted almonds and warm yourself up with mulled wine.

What is the best way to get to the Christmas market and is there parking nearby?

The easiest way to reach the Christmas market is by public transport. The train station is also not far away. If you come by car, you can find parking spaces in the park garages around the city center. However, be careful that they can fill up quickly during Advent.


Travel organization for the Heidelberg Christmas market:

Parking at the airport

You can book your parking space at the airport here.

Anyone arriving from outside should also plan a night in Heidelberg:

You can book hotels in Heidelberg here*

Compare and book flights here*. The nearest airport is Frankfurt. From there you can then travel by car or by car Train* is possible.

Also get the Heidelberg Card. You can save money with this.





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Christmas market in Heidelberg 2024

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn