The unique and popular Karlsruhe Christkindlesmarkt has a long tradition. It takes place annually during the pre-Christmas period.

Fliegender Weihnachtsmann auf dem Christkindlesmarkt
Fliegender Weihnachtsmann auf dem Christkindlesmarkt - © KME Karlsruhe Marketing und Event GmbH / Foto: Jürgen Rösner

In the heart of the city centre, the Christkindlesmarkt will enchant you with the cosy and rustic Forest Christmas on Friedrichsplatz and the radiant Christmas of Light on the market square.

Forest Christmas on the Friedrichsplatz

Under tall, old trees and a romantic canopy of lights, the tour of the Christkindlesmarkt on Friedrichsplatz is an unforgettable experience. The cosy atmosphere can be enjoyed during a wonderful walk through the winding alleys or during a short break on the "Karls-Ruhe-Plätzle", with covered seats. Around 100 lovingly designed gabled cottages with exquisite craftsmanship invite you to stroll and linger. On the central stage on Friedrichsplatz, the colourful supporting programme with choirs and music clubs from the surrounding area creates a pre-Christmas atmosphere throughout the evening hours. A particular highlight is the "Flying Santa Claus", where he floats over Friedrichsplatz with his reindeer sleigh and then distributes small presents to the children.

Christmas of light on the market square

With the symbol of Karlsruhe, the pyramid, and a Ferris wheel in the background of the light installation, the market square is transformed into an extraordinary attraction.


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