Looking for a fun and relaxing Christmas celebration after a long period of work? Well, Christmas in Munich will be an event for life-long memories to cherish.
Celebrations in the Munich Christmas market include stalls of traditional crafts, wine, and culinary delicacies like roasted almonds, doughnuts in the local ambiance. The Munich Christmas 2021 market dates are from November 22 to December 24, in Marienplatz.
The beautiful Christmas tree has more than 20 000 stalls around it. The stalls display pretty Bavarian hand-made souvenirs and Christmas decorations like painted glass balls and paper pictures from Kiev. Moreover, you can enjoy fresh macaroons, stollen and try herbal liquors at the stalls.
Some of your questions that came to me, were:
- So how to get this?
- How to book a flight to Munich?
- Are hotels expensive in Munich?
- Are there vacancies for it?
- Is it essential to book a guide before?
Booking a flight to Munich can be done through flight booking companies like Lufthansa, and many other flight booking companies. Also, you can find cheap hotels in Munich, one room for two, starting from $52. More information about hotel room booking with room availability and prices can be easily asked through my contact form.
Furthermore, a tour guide may help you save time, it helps for those coming to Germany, for the first time and for those with short time. I can assist you in organizing your visit to the city and enjoy Christmas in Munich.
Popular attractions to celebrate Christmas in Munich
Christkindlmarkt at the Marienplatz is really special. I show guests since many years the fun activities. Let me give you a good bucket list for your visit.
The Munich Christmas Tree in Munich Christmas market
Every November, a new Christmas tree is set up in our Christmas market. The joy begins when the fire brigade erects the tree for that year. The lights are put up, which adds sparkle in the night and makes for a great photoshoot spot for visitors.
The Christmas tree is donated by the people of Bavaria and the Alpines regions. In exchange, the donors can represent their community at the Christmas market and sell German Christmas items and Glühwein. The tree is kept for a while and is brought down on the feast of Epiphany on January 6. The tree is usually used in other places like a maypole.
Visit the Nativity Christmas market in Munich
A few meters away from Marienplatz is the Nativity Christmas market. I buy the artistically carved donkey figures, three kings, and other nativity scene figures almost too much. My husband asks me to donate some of my beloved pieces, but I enjoy filling my apartment with the dream of Christmas.
In the market, you may find nativity figurines in a variety of styles – Kostner, Artis , fir, Grödner and other hand-made Swiss pine. Some of my figurines are created by carvers in South Tyrol, figures in traditional Bavarian costume.
Sure you will need some nativity scene accessories, like wells, campfires, shepherd’s huts, including hand-made designs, and you’ll find them in uncountable versions. Make sure you have a ruler and calculate the proportions. Nativities with proportional mistakes are … nice, but some friends (like Karen) will talk too much about it.
Some wooden figurines are not my personal taste, like Madonnas, angels, saints, and religious figures, I prefer fairy tales, but it’s up to you.
Give some work to your partner and buy electrical equipment for the scenes such as lanterns and plugs, but ask them before, about Ampere, Volt and other characteristics. I ever get confused with those and after burning some cushions in my decorations I decided to share the responsibility with my husband. Decorative items are created from natural materials, such as moss, bark, etc.
For old figurines and gifts I received, if they break or have some accident, I bring them to repair. Repairs and custom-made figurines based on your request are offered in some booths.
Christmas Village in the Royal Residence
Come with me to the Christmas Village filled with wooden huts, a small chapel, and a holy nativity scene. Over here, you can also watch traditional toy makers, goldsmiths, glassblowers, woodcarvers, and knife grinders working. Also, your kids can enjoy a ride on carousals and meet Nikolaus, our German Santa Claus. Moreover, live music is played on the stage for your entertainment.
Pink Christmas Market
Visit Pink Christmas market to experience the LGBT community. The Pink Christmas market is also for gays and lesbians. It has pagoda tents and pink Christmas trees made of plastic. Moreover, you can buy beautiful handcrafted wares made locally and enjoy savory local delicacies. This Pink Christmas market is free of cost, loved for its ambiance and fun activities.
Try to visit our Krampus Run
The Krampus tradition is an Alpine tradition that is over 500 years old. In the USA, they call Krampus, the Grinch. The Krampus is a funny-looking devil. In the run, they come close to touch people while on the run. Around 30 groups with more than 400 participants from the Alpine region walk in the pedestrian zone with about 20 Krampuses or like other name them here the Sparifankerln.
The designs for the costumes are customized and are ordered every year and vary depending on the character. Perchten, initially present to exorcise winter, has 4 to 10 horns, and Krampuses have a two-horned mask. A costume costs between 1800 and 2500 euros. A mask weighs about 10 kilograms – so you can now imagine why the runners run out of breath.
Christmas Carols at the Cathedral
Festive season and no Christmas carols? Enjoy German Christmas carols at the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady). It has twin towers, a landmark of Munich’s skyline. There are also concerts and organ recitals for you to enjoy. Moreover, church services are free of cost; however, tickets are needed for shows.
Christmas post office
Have an actual Christkindl stamp for your Christmas post at the Christmas post office in Marienplatz. Come with me, and I will show you the place.
The angel sitting at the counter takes the letter post from 12 pm to 6 pm and returns them with a Christkindl stamp. You can also put your post into the letterbox emptied daily and replaced with the Christkindl stamp.
Children from 6 to 12 can make candles or design Christmas cards in this Heavenly Workshop. Your kids can also have fun being creative and making Christmas gifts with the help of a specialist.
Tollwood Winter Festival
The Tollwood Winter Festival is where you can have fun hunting for beautiful treasures from all over the world and try organic, ethnic food. Moreover, this festival is loved because it is colorful and famous for its music, theater, circus performances, and art workshops. Only some versions require tickets; the rest are free.
Skating at the Biggest Ice Rink at Karlsplatz
Come with me to the biggest ice-skating rink in Munich, an open-air ice-skating rink in Muenchner Eizsauber (Munich Ice Magic). Setup for visitors from November to January in Karlsplatz Square. Bring your family along or come along with a date to relax beneath the twinkling stars in the night along with relaxing music with a light show. Warm-up with a hot cup of heiße schokolade (hot chocolate) which you can get from a stall around the ice rink. The entrance fee is between 5 and 8.5 euros and varies based on the time of day, with discounts for kids. Furthermore, you can rent ice skates if you want to skate.
During advent, on every Sunday, a new candle is lit on the advent fir wreath. You can purchase the advent wreath at flower shops. The first time someone put up an advent wreath in a church was in 1925. The red candles of advent symbolize hope.
Donations as a sign of caring about others
Christmas is the period of sharing and caring for family and close ones and those who cannot afford Christmas joys and celebrations. Your kindness can bring a smile to someone’s face and give them the happiness of Christmas.
If you feel exhausted from a long period of work and are yearning for a relaxing holiday that makes you forget all of your worries and stresses, then this is the ideal place for you to visit! Christmas in Munich is magical and a must-visit for those looking for a cheerful and thrilling holiday full of fun!