DRESDEN STRIEZELMARKT IS THE LARGEST OF THE CITY’S CHRISTMAS MARKETS:
There are many Christmas markets in Dresden, but the largest of them all is the Dresden Striezelmarkt, Germany’s oldest Christmas Market – 2015 marks the 581st anniversary of this Christmas market.
The Dresden Striezelmarkt takes its name from the striezel or stollen which Dresden is famous for and one of the main events of this month-long Christmas market is the Dresden Stollen Festival. No visit to a Dresden Christmas Market is complete without tasting some of its famous stollen and this is where we stock up on our Buying stollen in Dresden.
The Striezelmarkt takes place is Old Market Square in the heart of Dresden, and each year over 700,000 visitors come to enjoy this Christmas event.
Plenty to see and do
There’s plenty to see and enjoy at the Dresden Christmas market and it takes more than one visit to cover the whole market. If you have children in tow, there is a two-storey carousel, where kids can enjoy rides on their favourite animal, be it a tiger, horse or dragon, etc. Or, you can enjoy views of the Christmas market from the top of the ferris wheel.
Whereas the Striezelmarkt is romantic and atmospheric by night, a day-time visit gives quite an different and interesting experience. This is when you can see the incredible efforts put in by stallholders to decorate their stalls. The decorations reflect what the stalls have on offer and some of the elaborate decorations include bakers at work, a vineyard scene, nativity scene and Santa having a bath! We rather like the colourful elves enjoying food and drinks on the roof of a food stand.
Christmas Market Treats
Dresden’s bustling Striezelmarkt, has all the ingredients of a traditional German Christmas market. With the aroma of gingerbread cookies, roasted almonds, deep-fried dumplings and mulled wine wafting through the crisp winter air, hunger pangs can strike quite quickly. But don’t worry, you won’t go hungry here as there are plenty of traditional hearty snacks like roast beef, bratwurst, knobibrot, etc. available.
The Dresden Christmas market is the place to stock up on festive foods as well as to do some of your Christmas shopping. Amongst the many market stalls are Christmas woodcrafts from the Erz Mountains, colorful nutcrackers, German incense smokers (Räuchermann), beautiful hand-made tinsels, winter accessories, hand-made candles and more.
Christmas Market Events
There is a range of activities at the Dresden Christmas Market with over 100 events spread over the month-long Striezelmarkt, the main events being:
- Opening Ceremony and Ecumenical Service
- Dresdner Pflaumentoffelfest
- Dresdner Gingerbread Festival
- Dresden Stollen Festival – the highlight event of the Dresdner Striezelmarkt
- Pyramid Festival
- Dresdner Schwibbogenfest
- Dresden Christmas tree decorating
- Seasons Greetings from a city to be announced
Where to Stay
If you want to stay in the midst of of the Striezelmarkt, the NH Dresden Altmarkt puts you in the midst of the Christmas markets. There are many other excellent hotels in the heart of Dresden Old Town (Altstadt) including the 5-star Radisson Blu Gewandhaus, the very elegant Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski, Swissôtel Dresden Am Schloss and QF Hotel Dresden. See the complete list of Dresden hotels Here.
Event : Dresden Striezelmarkt 2015
Dates : November 26 – December 24, 2015
Venue : Dresden Altmarkt
16:00 – 21:00 Opening day
10:00 – 21:00 Daily
10:00 – 14:00 Final day