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Advent and Christmas markets in the Harz Mountains

Enjoying mulled wine and other treats with friends or family in a cosy atmosphere during the Advent season - nowhere better than at one of the numerous Christmas markets in the Harz! As the days gradually get shorter in the run-up to Christmas and the first snow falls, numerous magical Christmas and Advent markets open throughout the Harz Mountains, transforming the Harz towns into sparkling winter wonderlands. Here in the midst of the tranquil forests and vast mountain panoramas of the Harz Mountains, the small villages and half-timbered towns open their doors at Christmas time and shine in all their glory thanks to bright fairy lights and colourful Christmas baubles. Whether young or old - Christmas fans of all ages are drawn to the winding alleyways of the winter markets year after year, when twinkling lights illuminate the historic half-timbered facades, Christmas sounds can be heard and the scent of almonds, spruce needles and mulled wine wafts through the air.

Every single Christmas market in the Harz Mountains has its very own charm and attracts visitors in winter with typical treats such as gingerbread, speculoos and baked apples, atmospheric music or impressive arts and crafts and playful activities and attractions for children. Sweeten the pre-Christmas season and spend the most atmospheric time of year at one of the Harz Christmas markets. If you too want to be swept away by the magic of Christmas, our overview below will make it easier for you to find the right Harz Christmas market to get you in the Christmas spirit.

Harz Christmas markets at a glance

From nationally known Christmas markets in Wernigerode, Quedlinburg or Goslar to insider tips in Schierke or Bad Harzburg, you will find all the dates and information you need for your next Christmas market visit in our overview:

Zeitraum Weihnachtsmarkt Ort
08.12.23 - 07.01.24 17. Adventsausstellung in der Traditionbrennerei Nordhausen Nordhausen, Traditionsbrennerei
08.12.23 - 17.12.23 21. Blankenburger Sternthaler Weihnachtsmarkt Blankenburg, Rathaus
01.12.23 - 03.12.23 9. Blankenburger Schlossweihnacht Blankenburg, Großes Schloss
02.12.23 - 10.12.23 Advent im Gestüt Bad Harzburg, Gestüt
10.12.23 (14 - 17 Uhr) Advent in den Bergen in Halberstadt Halberstadt, Spiegelsberge
09.12.23 - 10.12.23 Advent in den Höfen Quedlinburg
16.12.23 - 17.12.23 Advent in den Höfen Quedlinburg
02.12.23 - 03.12.23 Advent in den Höfen Quedlinburg
16.12.23 (11 - 22 Uhr) Advent in Luthers Höfen Eisleben, Innenstadt
15.12.23 - 17.12.23 Adventstreff in Bad Sachsa Bad Sachsa
21.12.23 - 31.12.23 Alternauer Wintermarkt Altenau, Marktgarten
01.12.23 - 20.12.23 Ascherslebener Weihnachtsmarkt Aschersleben, Marktplatz
24.11.23 - 07.01.24 Bad Harzburger Wintertreff Bad Harzburg, Port-Louis-Platz
01.12.23 - 03.12.23 Ballenstedter Adventslust Ballenstedt, Rathausplatz
16.12.23 Bergweihnacht Grube Glasebach Straßberg
22.12.23 - 07.01.24 Braunlager Wintermarkt Braunlage
02.12.23 (11 - 20 Uhr) Christkindlmarkt auf dem Schäferhof Langenstein Halberstadt, Schäferhof Langenstein
01.12.23 - 02.12.23 (18 - 21 Uhr) Domweihnacht in Halberstadt Halberstadt, Domplatz
27.11.23 - 23.12.23 Duderstädter Weihnachtstreff Duderstadt, Rathaus
02.12.23 - 17.12.23 Eisleber Weihnachtsmarkt Eisleben, Markt
29.11.23 - 30.12.23 Goslarer Weihnachtsmarkt Goslar, Marktplatz
09.12.23 - 10.12.23 Harzgeröder Adventswege Harzgerode
09.12.23 (15 - 21 Uhr) Hornburger Weihnachtsmarkt Hornburg, Marktplatz
25.11.23 - 07.01.24 Krippenweihnachten in Wieda Wieda
09.12.23 (17 - 20 Uhr) & 10.12.23 (14 - 20 Uhr) Lichterfest in der Wasserburg Zilly Osterwieck, Wasserburg Zilly
08.12.23 - 10.12.23 llsenburger Weihnachtsmarkt Ilsenburg, Marktplatz
01.12.23 - 21.12.23 Nordhäuser Weihnachtsmarkt Nordhausen, Rathausplatz / Nikolaiplatz, Blasii Kirchplatz
29.11.23 - 23.12.23 Osteroder Weihnachtsmarkt Osterode, Kornmarkt
29.11.23 - 22.12.23 Quedlinburger Weihnachtsmarkt Quedlinburg, Marktplatz
08.12.23 - 09.12.23 Schierker Klippenglühen Schierke
03.12.23 (14 - 18 Uhr) Schlossweihnacht auf Schloss Hessen in Osterwieck Osterwieck, Schloss Hessen
07.12.23 - 23.12.23 Seesener Lichterzauber Seesen, Jacobsonplatz
02.12.23 - 03.12.23 Sozialer Weihnachtsmarkt Bad Lauterberg Bad Lauterberg, Kirchplatz
16.12.23 - 17.12.23 Stolberger Weihnachtsmarkt  Stolberg, Marktbereich / Rittergasse
24.11.23 - 25.11.23 Vorfreude Weihnachtsmarkt in Weddersleben Gelände der Lebenshilfe Harzkreis-Quedlinburg
09.12.23 - 10.12.23 Walkenrieder Weihnachtsmarkt Walkenried, Kloster
16.12.23 - 17.12.23 Weihnachtlicher Rammelsberg Goslar, Rammelsberg
01.12.23 - 02.12.23 Weihnachtshöfe in der Halberstädter Altstadt Halberstadt, Altstadt
03.12.23 Weihnachtsmackt auf Gut Herbigshagen Herbigshagen
02.12.23 (14 - 18 Uhr) Weihnachtsmarkt am Seniorenheim Niedersachswerfen Harztor, Seniorenheim Haus Harztor
01.12.23 (15 - 20 Uhr) Weihnachtsmarkt am Sportlerheim Schielo Schielo, Sportlerheim
02.12.23 Weihnachtsmarkt Güntersberge Güntersberge, Bäckerplatz
08. 12.23 (ab 15 Uhr) Weihnachtsmarkt Haus Einetal Harzgerode, Haus Einetal
02.12.23 (ab 14 Uhr) Weihnachtsmarkt Haus Harztor Niedersachswerfen, Haus Harztor
28.11.23 - 29.12.23 Weihnachtsmarkt in Halberstadt Halberstadt, Fischmarkt
16.12.23 (13 - 18 Uhr) Weihnachtsmarkt in Kelbra Kelbra, Kirchplatz St. Georgii-Kirche
16.12.23 (ab 14 Uhr) Weihnachtsmarkt in Neudorf Neudorf, Bürgerhaus/Kirche
10.12.23 (ab 14 Uhr) Weihnachtsmarkt in Wippra Wippra, Festplatz
02.12.23 - 03.12.23 Weihnachtsschicht im Oberharzer Bergwerksmuseum Clausthal-Zellerfeld Clausthal-Zellerfeld
24.11.23 - 22.12.23 Wernigeröder Weihnachtsmarkt Wernigerode, Rathaus
09.12.23 - 10.12.23 Wintermarkt auf dem Kunsthandwerkerhof Clausthal-Zellerfeld Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Kunsthandwerkerhof "Alte Münze"
09.12.23 (ab 14:00 Uhr) Weihnachtsmarkt Niedersachswerfen Niedersachswerfen, Kirchplatz
16.12.23 (ab 14:30 Uhr) Weihnachtsmarkt Herrmannsacker Herrmannsacker, Dorfplatz
16.12.23 (ab 13:00 Uhr) Ilfelder Weihnachtsmarkt Ilfeld, Georgsplatz
02.12.23 (ab 14:00 Uhr) Neustädter Adventszauber Neustadt, An der St. Georg Kirche
09.12.23 (ab 11:30 Uhr) Österöder Weihnachtszauber Osterode, Kirchplatz

The most beautiful Christmas markets in the Harz Mountains

Are you full of anticipation for the approaching Christmas festivities and want to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life with a warm cup of mulled wine? Then let's get going! Whether you're looking for a suitable Christmas present or simply want to enjoy the unique atmosphere amidst the stalls and Christmas music - each of the Christmas markets presented in the overview is worth a visit. Below we present the best-known Christmas markets that you may have already heard of.


Wernigerode Christmas market

It is certainly one of the best-known and most beautiful Christmas markets in the Harz Mountains: the annual Christmas market in Wernigerode between the historic market square, Breite Straße and Nicolaiplatz. Year after year, the picturesque Christmas market in this colourful town in the Harz Mountains attracts numerous visitors to the market square, where festively decorated shop windows, gleaming half-timbered facades and Christmas stalls invite you to linger. Thanks to 60 traders and restaurateurs, visitors can expect an interplay of regional specialities, traditional craftsmanship, live music and all kinds of mulled wine. Christmas carols and festive Advent music can be heard from the Christmas market stage in front of the town hall, while light accents and tree lighting at the church and on Nicolaiplatz create a particularly cosy atmosphere.

Goslar Christmas market & Christmas forest

The UNESCO World Heritage town of Goslar also shines in all its splendour every year around Christmas time from the first weekend in Advent. Around 60 lovingly decorated wooden huts in the centre of the market square, framed by the surrounding buildings, are waiting to be discovered by you. Delicious Christmas treats, classic Christmas sounds and hot mulled wine await you. The Christmas forest in Goslar's historic old town centre on the Schuhhof, surrounded by numerous conifers, is particularly worth a visit and offers an absolutely contemplative experience in a medieval setting. Let yourself be enchanted by the magic of Christmassy Goslar!

Quedlinburg Christmas Market

Every year, the World Heritage town of Quedlinburg is transformed into a beautiful Advent town that is second to none. The Quedlinburg Christmas market is one of the most beautiful and popular Christmas markets in Germany for good reason. From 29 November to 22 December, you can expect a well-balanced offer of delicacies and handicrafts framed by the 700-year-old town hall and the surrounding half-timbered houses. The unique atmosphere includes traditional Christmas sounds, festive rock sounds and a varied children's programme, including a visit from Father Christmas. The "Advent in the courtyards" is also particularly worth seeing, where Quedlinburg's courtyards show what is hidden behind their doors on the first, second and third weekends of Advent.

Christmas market insider tips in the Harz Mountains

Are you looking for real insider tips among the Harz Christmas markets? In addition to the markets already mentioned, here are some other absolutely worthwhile options for enjoying festive stalls and pre-Christmas music.

Schierker cliff glow

The striking cliffs around Schierke were once densely overgrown, but are now visible from afar due to the changing landscape caused by the bark beetle. Visitors are presented with a completely new landscape, which they can experience up close during the Schierke cliff glow. As dusk approaches, the Wurmberg tower on the edge of the village, the Mauseklippe cliff and the new toboggan run on the Barenberg are bathed in red light. Thanks to the catering with waffles, mulled wine and bratwurst, a unique pre-Christmas atmosphere is created in keeping with the Advent season.

Advent at the stud farm

For the first time in the history of the thoroughbred stud farm in Bad Harzburg, the doors will be opened to guests of all kinds for the Advent market. The Advent market, which takes place in a historic setting, offers stalls with all kinds of treats and drinks, 60 artisans and a living nativity scene for a particularly festive atmosphere. The festive atmosphere in the courtyard and stables is rounded off with a small music programme. Further information.

Kelbra Christmas market

The annual Christmas market in Kelbra will once again take place this year on the church square in front of St Georgii Church in Kelbra. The Christmas market café in the button-making museum will also be open once again. The market will take place on 16 December 2023 from 1 pm to 6 pm.

Christmas market Wippra

The pre-Christmas spirit will of course also make its way to Wippra when the Advent-Christmas programme starts on 10.12.2023 from 2 pm, which will be organised by the children of Wippra primary school and the children of the "Lustige Spatzen" daycare centre. Food and drink will of course be provided for young and old during the Christmas market. Father Christmas will of course also be there, arriving at 3 pm and bringing small gifts for the children.

Wegeleben Christmas market

The Christmas market in Wegeleben will take place for the 24th time in a row in 2023 and attracts numerous visitors thanks to the large Christmas tree in the middle of the market square, which is brightly lit by fairy lights. The town hall and the Christmas courtyard also shine in all their glory, where lovingly decorated Christmas stalls offer all kinds of culinary delights. In addition to traditional winter stalls, there are also local clubs and organisations that invite you to go Christmas shopping. For children, there are various activities such as poetry, making wooden toys, baking biscuits, painting and handicrafts. Visitors can also make their own glass tree baubles. A varied stage programme with local artists and performances by kindergarten children and schoolchildren is also planned. These include a carol sing-along on Sunday evening, after which the Christmas market ends in traditional style with a spectacular firework display. Further information.

Discover the magic of Christmas in the Harz Mountains

The Harz Mountains already offer a wonderful mix of historical ambience, warm hospitality and a festive atmosphere. The atmospheric Christmas markets in the Harz are all the more suitable for getting in the mood for the most contemplative time of the year and sweetening the cold season a little. However, the unique atmosphere is by no means the only reason why a visit is worthwhile. Thanks to artisans from the region, the Advent markets in the Harz Mountains are also an ideal treasure trove for original gift ideas, from hand-carved wooden figures to lovingly crafted jewellery.

In addition, many of the winter markets offer an extensive supporting programme ranging from Christmas concerts and historical tours to living Advent calendars, which are also ideal for younger visitors. Not to mention the culinary delights such as Harz cheese, a simple bratwurst or a sweet Harz Baumkuchen. In summary, the Harz Mountains offer you a wonderful combination of traditional crafts, regional specialities and a festive atmosphere in the run-up to Christmas, set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Harz landscape. For anyone who wants to experience Christmas in a particularly romantic and historic atmosphere, the Christmas markets in the Harz region are an absolute must.

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