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Friday, 30-09-2016,

Cathedral X-Mas Market

In front of the impressive backdrop of Cologne's landmark, the Cathedral christmas market awaits visitors with its 150 attractively designed wooden pavilions.


At a glance
23rd November – 23rd December 2015
Daily from 11 am - 9 pm
Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 10 pm
Saturday from 10 am
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Beneath the largest Christmas tree in the Rhineland, you can choose from numerous sweet delicacies, watch artisans at work and enjoy the "Original Christmas mulled wine" out of the festively decorated Christmas mugs.

The Cologne cathedral Christmas market lies centrally between the Roman-Germanic Museum, the Cologne Philharmonic Concert Hall and the famous Dom Hotel. In direct walking distance are Cologne's well-known shopping areas: 'Hohe Straße' and 'Schildergasse'. The old pictorial part of town with its rustic brewing houses can also be reached within a few minutes walk.

Large variety of gift ideas

Regional specialities and organically certified food are an important component of the market concept, all of a high level of quality. Quality is a priority even with the numerous craftsmen. The large variety of gift ideas such as woodcarvings, glass balls, ceramics, accessories, children's toys, soaps, etc. come mainly from Germany and Europe.

The varied stage programme with 100 Christmas performances of music and entertainment is unique for a Christmas market. There is plenty to do even for the younger visitors: for example the traditional carrousel or the children's wheel of fortune. The Nordmann fir towering about 25m high is the shining heart of the market, lit up with 50,000 LED lights, a bright landmark in Cologne during the advent season. Photo: Vincent Schmidt/Fotografie Joachim Rieger

Find out more: Christmas markets