Regional specialities and a festive sea of lights: The Frankfurt Christmas Market attracts visitors from around the globe
The Frankfurt Christmas market has a long tradition and is one of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany. Up to the year 1393 it can be proven that markets took place in Frankfurt on Christmas. The traditional centerpiece of the market is the Römerberg, which with its historic half-timbered houses provides the backdrop for one of the country’s most beautiful and largest Christmas markets. The approximately three million visitors can enjoy the festive atmosphere between the city center and Römerberg from November 26 to December 22, 2018.
The highlight of the opening ceremony will be a live-concert of the Frankfurt Opera on November 26. And until December 22, the musical offer ranges from the performance of international Christmas carols, the playing of the tower musicians of the Old St Nicholas Church to the big ringing of the city with the simultaneous ringing of 50 bells.
To celebrate its completion, the outline of Frankfurt’s newly rebuilt Old Town can be found on the new 2018’s Glühweintasse. Those wishing to secure one of the very first cups will be able to purchase it from 26 November at the Tourist Information Römer and Hauptbahnhof, as well as directly at the market in the Frankfurt Information Hut.
Over 200 Christmas stalls
Over 200 Christmas stalls attract visitors with lovely products and treats. In addition to the classic roasted almonds, mulled wine and sausages, you can enjoy typical Frankfurt Christmas specialties such as Bethmännchen (“a little Bethmann”), hot cider and Quetenkännchen. In addition to the culinary diversity, visitors can expect classic Christmas market decoration and folk art articles, as well as modern handicrafts and typical Frankfurt goods such as ‘dippe’ (ceramic pot) and earthenware products. On the adjoining craft market in the Roman halls and the St. Paul’s Church, there is also the opportunity to search for an extraordinary Christmas present.
At the gates of the city there are also a variety of romantic Christmas markets in Odenwald, Rheingau, Taunus and Wetterau.
Christmast market tours
On December 16, the Christmas market tour “Glühwein, Geschichten & Gebäck” (Mulled wine, stories and pastries) will be offered in many languages as well as for the blind and visually impaired and the Frankfurt Christmas market specialties will be presented. Also stories about the historic and modern Frankfurt, the Christmas market and famous Frankfurt personalities are part of the tour.
Another highlight is a guided tour through the winding alleys of Frankfurt’s new Old Town. A German-speaking tour starts at 2 p.m. every day. The tour through the new Old Town is also offered to English-speaking Christmas market visitors. On six dates, starting from 1 December, English-speaking guests can enjoy the Frankfurt Old Town flair. Visitors can expect an exciting mixture of new buildings and reconstructions.
At the Frankfurt Hauptwache (Main Guard) there are more Christmas market stalls, which extend the classic Christmas market area up to the shopping street Zeil and thus form a passage to Christmas shopping. On Friedrich-Stolze-Platz there is also the so-called “Rosa Weihnacht”, which is organized by the gay community of the Rhine-Main region and creates a special atmosphere with its colorful lights, unusual decoration and design.
Photo: © #visitfrankfurt, Holger Ullmann, www.frankfurt-tourismus.de