DRESDEN STRIEZELMARKT IS THE LARGEST OF THE CITY’S CHRISTMAS MARKETS:
There are many Christmas markets in Dresden (including a Medieval Christmas Market), but the largest of them all is the Dresden Striezelmarkt. The Dresden Striezelmarkt is also Germany’s oldest Christmas Market and 2018 marks the 584th anniversary of this historical Christmas market.
The Dresden Striezelmarkt takes its name from the striezel or stollen which Dresden is famous. 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. We happen to like this Christmas cake and Dresden is where we stock up on stollen supplies – read 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 Striezelmarkt and it takes more than one visit to cover the whole market. If you have children in tow, there are some fun rides for kids such as the two-storey carousel. Kids can enjoy rides on their favourite animal, be it a tiger, horse or dragon. Or, you can enjoy views of the Christmas market from the top of the ferris wheel.
The Striezelmarkt is romantic and atmospheric by night, however 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 the specialities of the stalls. 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 and knobibrot available.
The Dresden Christmas market is the place where locals come to stock up on festive foods, as well as to do some of Christmas shopping. Amongst the many market stalls are the popular Christmas woodcraft from the Erz Mountains. This is where the colorful nutcrackers and German incense smokers (Räuchermann) are produced. You can also buy 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 Pfefferkuchenfest or Gingerbread Festival which includes the coronation of the new Gingerbread Princess
- Dresden Stollen Festival – the highlight event of the Dresdner Striezelmarkt
- Dresdner Pflaumentoffelfest
- Pyramid Festival
- Dresdner Schwibbogenfest
- Dresden Christmas tree decorating
- Seasons Greetings from a city to be announced
Where to Stay
If you like the idea of staying 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, and
- the very elegant Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski, Swissôtel Dresden Am Schloss and QF Hotel Dresden.
Event : Dresden Striezelmarkt 2018
Dates : November 29 – December 24, 2018
Venue : Dresden Altmarkt
16:00 – 21:00 Opening day
10:00 – 21:00 Daily
10:00 – 14:00 Final day