Every year during the Advent season, Karlsruhe transforms into a magical Christmas city. Around 80 partners create a unique Christmas programme.

To experience Christmas in Karlsruhe means a stroll through the entire city. The traditional Christkindlesmarkt on Friedrichsplatz and on the market square, the fairytale Kinderland St. Stephan's right next door, and in front of Durlach's Karlsburg Castle, the medieval Christmas market invites you to take a trip back in time. The Stadtwerke EISZEIT in front of the baroque castle in Karlsruhe also spreads extraordinary winter magic.

Imaginatively decorated shop windows and the Christmas lighting created especially for Karlsruhe invite you to shop and stroll. Retail, gastronomy, churches, museums, galleries, libraries, as well as theatre and music ensembles, offer attractions and events for the whole family.

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

Karlsruhe has a lively cultural landscape that combines the past and present, art and technology. At Christmas time, around 80 theatres, museums, associations, networks and churches present a diverse program that has something for every taste and every requirement.

Promotions and Shopping in the Christmas City of Karlsruhe

In the middle of the CHRISTMAS TOWN, the protagonists of the inner city offer an extraordinary shopping experience with a wide range of activities and attractions, Christmassy decorated shop windows and festive offers. Throughout the city, the seductively sweet smell of Christmas treats and warming mulled wine fills the air and invites you to take a pleasurable shopping break at the Christkindlesmarkt - an experience for all the senses that can only be found in the city, but definitely not in the online shop.

Christmas in Durlach

Especially during Christmas season, the old margravial city with its festively illuminated old town and the lovely markets in the town hall and in front of the Karlsburg is always worth a visit.