Each year, Karlsruhe transforms into a magical CHRISTMAS CITY. About 60 partners arrange a unique festive programme.

Once a year, from the end of November all of Karlsruhe transforms into a sparkling Christmas City. During Advent, Karlsruhe is under its spell, making the contemplative season an experience for the whole family with its attractive and wide range of offers. The carefully designed gable houses attract visitors with their formidable craftwork and delicious scents, while the fan-shaped city layout is illuminated by thousands of lights. Under lofty trees and twinkling lights a stroll across the Christmas Market becomes an unforgettable experience. Only a short walk takes you from the rustic and cosy ‘Waldweihnacht’ and its tree-lined trails to the glinting ‘Lichtweihnacht’, which lights both the city and the hearts of everyone in it.

Especially the ‘Stadtwerke Eiszeit’ ice rink spreads a wonderful winter charm against the backdrop of Karlsruhe’s baroque palace. Every year, from the end of November to the end of January, the historic castle square turns into a picturesque wintry scenery. The huge rink, with its romantic loop trail under the trees, promises nine exciting weeks of winter pleasure with ice skating fun and Bavarian curling for both the young and the young at heart. A wide range of gastronomic delights right next to the rink invites you to stay and indulge in regional. But not just the markets and main city squares will get you into the Christmas spirit: all of Karlsruhe’s museums, theatres, libraries and recreational facilities – such as the zoo and the swimming pools – offer a diverse pre-Christmas programme to cater for all tastes and ages.

Bahn frei: Weihnachtliche Walking-Acts auf der Kaiserstraße Karlsruhe 2021

Opening times

Goods and art craft market (Marktplatz)


22/11/2021 - 23/12/2021

Monday - Sunday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Tram stop: Herrenstraße and Marktplatz / from 12.12. on Marktplatz (Pyramide) and Marktplatz (Kaiserstraße)


Christkindlesmarkt (Marktplatz, Friedrichsplatz and Kirchplatz St. Stephan)

Canceled due to corona

Tram stop: Herrenstraße and Marktplatz / from 12.12. on Marktplatz (Pyramide) and Marktplatz (Kaiserstraße)


Stadtwerke Eiszeit

25/11/2021 – 30/01/2022

Sunday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Friday + Saturday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Skate rental on-site

Tram stop: Marktplatz / from 12.12. on Marktplatz (Pyramide) and Marktplatz (Kaiserstraße)


Corona Virus

Current information - Corona guide

The shops and restaurants in Karlsruhe are currently open! You can find the current rules here and the current level here.

Please also contact the companies, shops, organizers or institutions for further information. The information on this website may vary.

You would like to be tested? You can find an overview of all current test sites in the city and district here.

Our tourist information office located on Kaiserstraße 72-74 is open. There is no need for an appointment. The opening hours and more information you can find here.

The city of Karlsruhe provides up-to-date information on the corona crisis at or by phone +49 721/133-3333.

Stay healthy, and stay tuned!

Your team of Karlsruhe Tourismus GmbH and Karlsruhe Marketing und Event GmbH