The sweet smell of cinnamon and roasted almonds is in the air, homemade cookies are in the oven, atmospheric music sounds through the radio, a steaming mulled wine is in the hand and glistening Christmas trees adorn the cityscape: the Christmas season is upon us. The Christmas City of Karlsruhe has numerous attractions for young and old, meaning that there is something for everyone. We will reveal to you here how you can best plan the Christmas season in Karlsruhe and what you should not miss out on.
Karlsruhe Christmas Market
The traditional Christmas market on Friedrichsplatz against a beautiful backdrop forms the heart of the Christmas City. Affectionately decorated wooden stalls all line up here - woodcarvings, natural cosmetics, candles, spices, decorative items, pottery, woollens and much more are sold in the 60 or so huts. Everything your heart desires can be found here. The Christmas market also offers a wide variety of culinary delights, from regional and international to typical German Christmas specialities, everything can be enjoyed and a hot drink can be savoured in the mulled wine grove. And by the way, every evening you can marvel at the flying Santa Claus floating at lofty heights across Friedrichsplatz - a real experience for young and old that shouldn't be missed. Another highlight is a ride in a horse-drawn carriage through the Christmas City during the Advent weekends. And the best thing is: this ride is free of charge!
St. Stephan's Family Paradise
St. Stephan's Kinderland, only a few minutes' walk from the Christmas Market on Friedrichsplatz, is a wonderful experience for the whole family and is especially fun for children. In addition to mulled wine and culinary specialities for adults, children can encounter living fairy tale figures, listen to exciting tales or experience an eventful ride with the small steam locomotive through the beautifully arranged winter landscape. It would be best to check out the programme again before your visit and find out about the latest daily events. The Kinderland is open right through until the beginning of January, so you can still enjoy the Christmas season well into the new year.
Ice age in front of the Palace
The Palace square is transformed into a very special winter wonderland every year from the end of November to the end of January. For nine weeks, you can glide over the ice in skates on the large ice rink in front of the castle and enjoy the festive Christmas atmosphere. Special highlights include traditional ice stick shooting, an ice skating competition or the ‘Stadtwerke Eiszeit Beat Nights’ (Ice Age Beat Nights) evening disco on the ice. Courses are also offered for the inexperienced skaters among you, leaving nothing standing in the way of your skating fun. Anyone who gets hungry from the rounds on the ice can enjoy delicious food in the wooden huts adorned with Christmas decorations around the ice rink or warm up in the "Eiszeit-Stube" restaurant with Christmas specialities such as fondue or a hot mulled wine with a view of the ice rink.
Personalised gifts at the Lametta Design Christmas Market
A real insider tip: if you are looking for unusual, individual and creative gifts, you will certainly find them at the Lametta Design Christmas Market. This market always takes place on the 2nd weekend of Advent in the "Tollhaus" and sells handmade products from the fields of fashion, jewellery, art, photography and much more in a cosy atmosphere. In addition to the sales stands, there is also a colourful entertainment programme, for example a fairy tale session or a puppet theatre for children.
Shopping fun at ETTLINGER TOR Karlsruhe
The ETTLINGER TOR is the right place for those who find it too cold outside, are still looking for gifts for their loved ones or simply want to go shopping. Christmas shopping is lots of fun with this lush yet stylish Christmas décor! While the adults do their shopping, the younger guests can bake their own Christmas cookies in the children's bakery.
Christmas magic in Durlach
Have you had enough of the Christmas hustle and bustle in the city centre? Then take a stroll through the medieval district of Durlach, which with its winding alleyways, cobbled streets and old city walls offers the perfect backdrop for the medieval Christmas market held at Karlsburg Palace. This Christmas market is not only different from the others in terms of its culinary offerings. You will meet vendors dressed in costumes here who sell unusual, mostly handmade products in their tents and offer a rich entertainment program: fire-breathers, jugglers, storytellers, fire shows, fortune tellers and much much more. Those looking to experience even more of Durlach's Christmas spirit can also visit the arts and crafts market in the town hall during the Advent weekends, which will certainly inspire with creative gifts for loved ones.
Christmas on the Turmberg
The Turmberg, Karlsruhe's local hill, is home to the city's highest and smallest Christmas market. You can either reach it by car, the Turmbergbahn cableway or on foot via the "Hexenstäffele" with 528 steps. When arriving at the top, you have spectacular views overlooking Karlsruhe and its surroundings. The sunset is especially beautiful from up here. You can enjoy the evening in the atmospheric ambience with countless chains of lights, cosy seating areas and colourful lanterns in the castle courtyard or on the panoramic terrace. Warm up with a delicious pumpkin soup or a mulled wine, which is also served here as a white wine. If you haven't heard of it yet - try it! Even though the Christmas market is just outside of Durlach, it is definitely worth the trip.
Christmas is coming
A visit to Karlsruhe during the Christmas season is something very special – why don't you come along and see for yourself! ;-)