2023 Guide to Christmas Markets in Dresden

Dresden is the capital city of the Free State of Saxony. If you would walk from the centre of town 58 kilometres to the east, you are already in the Czech Republic. It is so lovely to spend the whole day at the Christmas markets. They are all in such close proximity to each other that it nearly feels like Dresden is one massive Christmas Market.
Travel Germany. 2023 Guide to Christmas Markets in Dresden

You feel the Christmas spirit all over town. Most stalls at the markets offer traditional Christmas angels, incense smokers (these little wooden traditional German dolls), and the famous Christmas Pyramids. The scent of spices, baked traditional delicacies, roasted nuts, and hot mulled wine runs through all little lanes. You will soon forget the cold and the low-hanging grey winter sky of the Elbe valley.

Christmas Market Augustusmarkt 2023

This Market is one long row with stalls on both sides. It is on the right side of the Elbe, in the Dresden borough of Neustadt. Eat, drink, and be merry, there even is a merry-go-round for the little ones.

Information. Opens  29 November 2023 to 7 January 2024. Monday to Thursday: 11am to 9pm. Friday: 11am to 10pm. Saturday 10am to 10pm. Sunday: 10am to 9pm. Closed 24 December, 26 December 2023, and 1 January 2024.

Medieval Christmas Stallhof Dresden 2023

A really special place to visit is the Medieval Christmas Market in the Stallhof inside of the castle. Stallholders, mostly tradespeople, are dressed in traditional clothes of their guild from medieval times. The variety of wooden and wrought-iron objects they produce at their stalls are excellent examples of traditional German craftsmanship. This place gives you a very detailed idea of how life in medieval times used to be. Try your luck at archery at one of the stalls, it is big fun.

Information. 29 November to 23 December 2023. Hours: 11am to 9.30pm. 27 December to 30 December 2023, 11am to 9.30pm.  2 January to 6 January 2024, 11am to 8pm. 

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Traditional Christmas Market at Frauenkirche Dresden 2023

This enchanting market is right between the very famous Frauenkirche and the Brühl Terrace.

Information Christmas Market at Frauenkirche Dresden. Münzgasse, Dresden, Germany. Hours: 29 November to 24 December 2023. Sunday to Thursday: 10am to 9pm, Friday and Saturday: 10am to 10pm. 24 December 2022 10am to 2pm.

Travel Germany: 2018 Guide to Christmas Markets in Saxony’s capital Dresden Frauenkirche

Romantic Christmas Market Anno 1900 in 2023

The Romantic Christmas market offers everything you would have found between the years 1800 to 1920. The industrialization and urbanization had a huge impact on the quality of life. Go for a stroll at this market to see with your own eyes why that period is called the century of the bourgeoisie.

Information Romantic Christmas Market Anno 1900. Neumarkt, Dresden. 30 November to 22 December 2023: 11am to 10pm. 23 December 2023: 11am to 8pm. 27 December 2023 to 7 January 2024: 11am to 10pm.

Travel Germany: 2018 Guide to Christmas Markets in Saxony’s capital Dresden

Striezelmarkt Dresden 2023

The biggest of all markets is the Striezel Markt. It has been in this exact same spot ever since 1434. Its name is derived from the German dialect for Struzel or Striezel, which is the Dresdner Stollen. You can buy Christmas Stollen in all towns in Germany but only the ones from Dresden are allowed to carry the name Dresdner Christollen, and those ones proudly carry a medal, to prove their identity.

The Christmas Stollen is made from yeast dough with raisins and almonds, and very important marzipan. In medieval times it was prepared during pre-Christmas Lent. During these times the church made it illegal to eat butter and milk, and obviously, the cake didn't go down too well. The pope changed the law, from then on people were allowed to use these ingredients and the Dresdner Christstollen as we know it today was born. Around 1500 they sold the first one at the Striezelmarkt in Dresden. Happy end. Please make sure you buy one to take home with you. If you are vegetarian, please ask for ingredients, it is often made with lard.

Information Dresdner Striezelmarkt. Altmarkt, Dresden. 29 November 2023: 4pm to 9pm. 30 November to 23 December 2023: 10am to 9pm. 24 December 2023: 10am to 2pm.

Plan your trip to visit Dresden’s Christmas markets now. It is beautiful indeed.

Christmas Decoration, apples, mandarins. Dresden Germany

Travel Germany: 2018 Guide to Christmas Markets in Saxony’s capital Dresden

Christmas Decoration in Saxony’s capital Dresden

Travel Germany: 2018 Guide to Christmas Markets in Saxony’s capital Dresden

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How to get to Dresden

Visit the website of the Deutsche Bahn to see how to get here by train. Say no to domestic flights, but use the train. For flight connections visit the website of Dresden airport.

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The article has been updated in October 2023 for accuracy.