The Munich Christmas tree on Marienplatz

Christbaumvorstellung 2016 am Marienplatz, Foto: Liebich
Foto: Liebich

Every November, Munich’s residents look forward to the arrival of their new Christmas tree!

The excitement grows as the fire brigade erect the tree in front of the town hall and Munich finally gets to see what it looks like that year. Obviously, it has to be big, green and healthy! The tree shows off its full beauty when the Munich Christmas Market gets underway at its feet: decorated with thousands of lights, the Christmas tree is then lit up for the first time. From then on, it shines with festive brilliance every day as the main attraction on Marienplatz and is a popular photo spot for every visitor.

Where does the tree come from and how long does it stay?

Since 1977, trees have been donated to the city of Munich by communities in Bavaria and the Alpine countries. In return, the donors gets the opportunity to present their community during the Christmas market in the courtyard of the town hall and sell local specialties. The tree stays standing for a few days after the Christmas market has come to an end. It is usually taken down around Epiphany on the 6th January and is often subsequently used elsewhere as a maypole.

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