Dresden Striezelmarkt is the Largest in Dresden:
There are many Christmas markets in Dresden, but the largest of them all is the Dresden Striezelmarkt. The Dresden Striezelmarkt is also Germany’s oldest Christmas market and 2012 marks the 578th Dresden Striezelmarkt.
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. The Striezelmarkt takes place is in the Altmarkt (Old Market) and each year over 700,000 visitors come to enjoy this Christmas event.
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 curt dumplings and mulled wine wafting through the crisp winter air, the Striezelmarkt offers visits the opportunity to savour traditional Saxon treats. Make sure to get hold of some of Dresden Stollen.
The Dresden Christmas market is 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, smoking man figurines, beautiful hand-made tinsels 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:
Nov 28 – the Opening Ceremony and Ecumenical Service
Dec 1 – Dresdner Pflaumentoffelfest
Dec 2 – Dresdner Gingerbread Festival
Dec 7 – Out of this World
Dec 8 – Dresden Stollen Festival - the highlight event of the Dresdner Striezelmarkt
Dec 9 – Day of the Cross – Holy Cross Church worship and organ concert
Dec 15 – Dresdner Pyramid Festival
Dec 16 – Dresdner Schwibbogenfest
Dec 22 – Dresden Christmas tree decorating
Dec 23 – Seasons Greetings from Wroclaw features Christmas traditions from Warsaw
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 2012
Dates : November 28 – December 24, 2012
Venue : Dresden Altmarkt
16:00 – 21:00 Opening day
10:00 – 21:00 Daily
10:00 – 14:00 Final day