One Christmas Market, 12 Christmas Traditions at the 2023 Rüdesheimer Weihnachtsmarkt der Nationen:
There are many Christmas markets in Germany, but the pretty historic town of Rüdesheim has a Christmas market that’s special. Called the Christmas Market of Nations or Rüdesheimer Weihnachtsmarkt der Nationen, there are over 120 stalls at the market, representing the Christmas traditions from 12 nations.
Christmas Market of Nations
The market is held in the heart of the historic Old Town, on the Market Square. From the Marktstrasse via Oberstrasse into Rüdesheim’s famous Droselgasse and through to Rhine Street – the Rüdesheimer Weihnachtsmarkt is spread throughout the streets of the Old Town.
For a whole month prior to Christmas, Rüdesheim puts on its Christmas charm with a full program of carols, entertainment and performances by well known radio and television celebrities.
Christmas Market Stalls
At the 120 festively decorated Christmas market stalls you’ll find plenty of handmade artwork and handicrafts and before your very eyes you can even watch candles, decorations, wood figures, wood carvings, glass engravings, “schwibbögen” arched candles, mangers, pewter casters and dolls being made. Then of course, you can try famous and traditional Christmas foods from the region, washed down with the famous Rüdesheim mulled wine. And don’t forget the famous Rüdesheim coffee drink made with locally distilled Asbach Uralt brandy.
The highlight on December 20th is the parade for St. Thomas. In this traditional pageant, minstrels, masked men and others lead a walk around the Old Town and ending at the Breuer’s Rüdesheimer Schloss where special refreshment is offered.
Children’s Christmas Market
Christmas is a special time for children and in the Market Square, Germany´s biggest nativity scene (life-size figures) stand on about 150 square metres of ground. Just next to it is Rüdesheim’s well known Children’s Christmas Market made by children for the children. And don’t forget, Santa Claus visits the market on December 6th at 6 pm.
A program of stage events have been planned for each day, starting with the official opening on November 20th. Christmas carols by various choirs and other musical groups will add to the Christmas spirit. Check their website for updates.
Rüdesheim is a lovely travel destination at any time of the year but during the pre-Christmas season the atmosphere is magical. Like most of Germany’s Christmas markets, a visit to Rüdesheim’s Christmas Market of Nations is well worth the trip.
Other family-run hotels in the centre of Rüdesheim include Brühls Hotel Trapp and Hotel Rüdesheimer Hof. For the complete list of Rüdesheim am Rhein hotels, see Here.
Event: Rüdesheimer Weihnachtsmarkt der Nationen 2023
Dates: November 20 – December 23, 2023
Place: Market Square, Rüdesheim Old Town, Rüdesheim am Rhein
Sun – Thu 11:00 – 20:00
Fri – Sat 11:00 – 21:00
Map of Rüdesheim: