From 18th November to 23rd December 2016
Every year before Christmas the squares and streets round the Cathedral and the Aachen Town Hall are transformed into a paradise of lights and colours, festive sounds and seductive smells. The glorious fair in the Christmas City, which has been erected with great care and sentiment, fascinates both the young and the old. The enormous choice between original, stylish and precious goods makes small and big dreams come true.
It is really no wonder why the Aachen Christmas Market has become an absolute "must" for all people of Aachen and Aachen fans as well. The Aachen Market has become famous far beyond the boundaries of the Aachen region. This is due to its pleasant and familiar atmosphere. People come to the Christmas Market in order to meet their families, friends, acquaintances and colleagues. This happens during the lunch break or after work, during the week or at the weekend.
The carousel is a must for the children as is the mulled wine for the adults. Potato fritters are eaten at all times of the day. Naturally you will find a large variety of Printen and other Christmas cakes and biscuits, "Domino Stones", gingerbread, "Spekulatius" and marzipan bread. These are distributed all over the world by Aachen bakeries. However in the Aachen Christmas Market they come oven fresh and taste particularly delicious. The organisers of the Christmas Market are proud to boast approx. 1.5 million visitors every year. Amongst them you can find guests from the Netherlands, Belgium, France and the United Kingdom.
The tradition of the Christmas Market goes back to the seventies. Originally when it was held around the Elisa Fountain the "Printen Market" was rather small. A huge change took place when it was moved to the Market Place and the Katschhof as well as the adjoining small streets. Not only visitor numbers have rocketed but also the number of exhibitors has continuously risen over the last years.
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Christmas cards sessions
Every Monday, Thursday and Friday creative Christmas card sessions will take place on the stage at Münsterplatz. Our little Christmas Market visitors can make their own Christmas cards and have
their photograph taken with Father Christmas. A great gift for grandmother and grandfather, aunt and uncle.
Musical in Aachen
On Tuesdays, a musical will be staged. The Euro Jugend children’s theatre will be performing “Dance of the Vampires”: Professor Kunibert von Graustein and his assistant Alfred travel to
Transylvania to prove that vampires do actually exist.
Pre-Christmas puppet show
Wednesdays and Saturdays the curtain rises for Walter and the frog. A pre-Christmas puppet show will enchant the little Christmas Market visitors. Title of the show: “Wo sind nur die
Weihnachtsplätzchen hin?” (Where have all the Christmas biscuits disappeared to?) Grandmother has baked delicious-smelling biscuits, but look out – a thief has stolen them. Join Walter and the
frog to the Forest of Thieves to recover the biscuits..