26 November 2019 – 2 February 2020

Christmas in Karlsruhe

The Christmas period is always special, but in Karlsruhe it is a unique experience. Bathed in colourful lights, enveloped in festive aromas and resonating to the sound of carols, the whole town is transformed into a fairytale Christmas City!

Christmas markets

The unique and popular Karlsruhe Christmas markets, such as the Christkindlesmarkt on Friedrichsplatz or the Medieval Christmas Market in Durlach, are richly traditional events. Durlach is also home to the highest and smallest Christmas market in the Fan City at this special time of year.

Events during the Christmas period

Skating fans will flock to the magical Open Air Rink against the illuminated backdrop of the baroque Karlsruhe Palace, as the central gathering point during the festive season. The over 2,000 square metre Stadtwerke EISZEIT with an integrated circuit will be open to skating and curling enthusiasts for around nine weeks.

A miniature railway in the fairytale Kinderland St. Stephan goes round and round through a lovingly designed, enchanted forest. Talking fairytale houses and a kiddies’ train on St. Stephan Church square will bring a sparkle to the eyes of all visitors, big and small.

Karlsruhe boasts a lively cultural landscape that connects bygone ages with the modern day and blends art with technology. Around 50 theatre ensembles, museums, associations, networks and churches put on a richly varied program of events during the Christmas period, offering plenty of delights for any taste and in any style.

Shopping in the Christmas City

The beautifully decorated shopping centers Ettlinger Tor and Postgalerie are delightful places for a stroll through the shops. The Kaiserstraße is another festive venue for leisurely Christmas shopping. You will certainly find plenty of gifts for your nearest and dearest.

The Weihnachtstüte charity drive is a welcome opportunity to bring cheer to the lives of less fortunate people in Karlsruhe. Simply fill the bag with everyday items or small gifts and then hand it in. The drive begins on 5 November and will run until 1 December 2019.

We hope you have a lot of fun shopping in the Christmas City!