Advent in Kurpfalz

The Palatinate is a region full of ancient traditions, which makes it ideal to discover the Christmas traditions. Neustadt, Deidesheim, Bad Durkheim, Landau, Freinsheim, Speyer, St. Martin, Wachenheim or Neuleiningen ... show themselves during Advent dressed in gold!


Every year during the Christmas period, the famous wine town of Deidesheim turns into a pre-Christmas treasure chest: It begins with the hustle and bustle along the "Heavenly Mile" between the market square, the town moat and town square with over 100 exhibitors.

Artisanal craftsmen determine the Christmas scene in the lovingly-decorated medieval centre: at many of them you can look at their activities over their shoulders, for example, the glassblowers, goldsmiths, tailors, wood carvers, coopers, cookie bakers, potters or medieval figure makers. Traditionally all activities are looked over by a master craftsman.

The Christmas market in Deidesheim has a lot to offer!


Connected by a “Path of Stars” from gate to gate, visitors are guided along streets lined with old half-timbered houses and romantic corners. The historic city walls, the beautiful nooks and crannies and tiny shops give Freinsheim  a unique appeal and leaves you even more enjoying the Christmas season in the starlight.


The Christmas market makes the old town in the magic of Christmas. With more than 140 booths on six different sites from the Bismarckplatz up to the Karlsplatz visitors from all over the world feel at home here. In addition to culinary delights and beautiful gift ideas there are some cultural events such as church concerts and of course, not to forget the children’s activities. Whoever decides to make a few rounds here, with the romantic castle background, is guaranteed an unforgettable moment.


The traditional arts and crafts of the Thomas Nast Nikolausmarkt are presented by 70 exhibitors and 34 artists who show their crafts daily in two large pavilions. In festively- decorated wooden houses one can enjoy one or two glasses of mulled wine, brandy punch or delicious waffles and barbecue specialties.


The Christmas Market at the Water Tower in Mannheim invites you, to stroll around and enjoy yourself. This Christmas market is very popular not only with the inhabitants of Mannheim but it also attracts many visitors from other parts of Germany, from France, the Netherlands and Switzerland. With around 200 festively-decorated huts it is one of the largest and oldest Christmas markets in Germany.


The atmospherically illuminated courtyard of the electoral summer residence and the inviting Schlossplatz form the unique setting for the "4. Electoral Christmas Market ".

Festively-lighted tents invite visitors on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Advent weekend for a stroll.

Schwetzingen's partner cities from Hungary, Italy and France as well as the wine-partner town of Wachenheim spoil you with typical products and dishes


Here the expectations for a Merry Christmas are awakened by bright lights and decorated fir trees and  in the bitter cold, there is nothing better than a glass of mulled wine. The magic of the Speyer Christmas market is underlined by the numerous stalls and surprises as well as the choirs and music groups, who create the annual supporting programme.

Traditionally, the partner towns of Speyer present themselves at the weekends in the City Hall courtyard


The Nibelungen city offers a full and varied programme at its Christmas market

Christmas market for children and adults
Nestling in the romantic flair of the upper market, the Worms Christmas market invites you to stay and enjoy yourself. On the market, the younger visitors have the opportunity to stroke animals in the living animals manger or have a ride on the Christmas train whilst the fragrance of roasted almonds surrounds their parents enjoying a glass of mulled wine or browsing through the large selection of wooden arts and crafts.

The closing ceremony is the tower brass band, when the baroque brass band plays alternately from the West Tower of the cathedral and the Bell Tower of the Magnus Church. Year after year hundreds of citizens and visitors with candles and song sheets in their hands stand on the Domvorplatz, listening and singing to the music and tuning in to the upcoming holidays.