Features of the Munich Christmas Market at Marienplatz

Impressions of the Munich Christmas Market on Marienplatz, Foto: muenchen.de / Mónica Garduño
Foto: muenchen.de / Mónica Garduño

Advent tradition in the middle of Marienplatz: offer and history

The Munich Christkindlmarkt 2021 will take place from November 22 to December 24, 2021. What characterizes the original Christkindlmarkt on Marienplatz? See details here.

Over 150 stalls around the Christmas tree

Christkindlmarkt am Marienplatz 2018, Foto: muenchen.de / Mónica Garduño 2018
Foto: muenchen.de / Mónica Garduño 2018
  • Size: On more than 20,000 square meters, over 150 stalls and craft stands from numerous vendors line up from Marienplatz to the Old City Hall, in the Prunkhof, in Kaufingerstraße and from Weinstraße to Sternenweg in Sendlinger Straße. The Kripperlmarkt is located at the Alter Peter.
  • The Munich Christmas Tree: Literally the biggest attraction of the Christkindlmarkt is every year again the magnificent Christmas tree in front of the New Town Hall: Countless candles give the whole square a wonderful Advent atmosphere. The tree is donated each year by a different municipality, which is allowed to present itself in the City Hall's ceremonial courtyard.

Tradition and handicrafts

Eindrücke vom Münchner Christkindlmarkt auf dem Marienplatz, Foto: Lukas Barth
Foto: Lukas Barth A colourful range at the Munich Christmas Market
  • Assortment: The Christkindlmarkt still has its traditional Bavarian character and offers a variety of handmade pieces: The assortment ranges from old German Christmas decorations such as hand-painted glass balls to lambskin jackets, nostalgic paper pictures and goods from the twin city of Kiev.
  • Delicacies: The market traders offer fresh macaroons, stollen and Kletznbrot and brew their own berry mulled wine and herbal liqueurs. The small "Zwetschgenmandl" (figures made of dried fruit and nuts) are also lovingly handmade.

The oldest Christmas market in Munich - the history

Budengasse auf dem Münchner Christkindlmarkt, Foto: muenchen.de/Michael Hofmann
Foto: muenchen.de/Michael Hofmann
  • Time-honored: This classic Christkindlmarkt is considered the oldest in Munich. It is the original and the best known in the city.
  • From the Nikolaidult to the Christkindlmarkt: The beginnings of the Christkindlmarkt are said to date back to the 14th century with the so-called St. Nicholas markets. The first mention of a Nikolaidult in Kaufinger Straße near the Schönen Turm in the annals of the city dates back to 1642 - this was only allowed to be supplied by Munich merchants.

At the beginning of the 19th century (1803) the Nikolaidult moved to today's Promenadeplatz. Under the influence of the Enlightenment and the growing importance of Protestantism, the change from St. Nicholas to the Christ Child as the bringer of gifts took place in Munich, as it had in other cities - and thus also from the St. Nicholas to the Christ or Christmas Market.

  • Locations: The Munich Christkindlmarkt had many locations in the course of its history from 1806 on: However, it has only been present at its current location, Marienplatz, since 1972. At that time, the Munich Christkindlmarkt took its permanent place in the middle of the metropolis on the Isar. Today, it is impossible to imagine pre-Christmas Munich without it.
  • The organizer of the Munich Christmas Market is the Department of Labor and Economic Affairs (RAW) of the City of Munich.

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