Advent is the time for Christmas markets and Cologne is, of course, no exception. From 26 November to 23 December 2018 the festively decorated and differently themed Cologne Christmas markets will again invite people to stroll, shop and explore.
In the city’s heart the “Christmas Market at Cologne Cathedral” awaits its visitors in front of the historic backdrop of the Cathedral with a tremendous Christmas tree. Not far away, located on the squares Alter Markt and Heumarkt, “Heinzels Winter Fairytale” attracts with a spectacular ice rink and directly located on the Rhine, next to the chocolate museum, the “Harbour Christmas Market” exudes a maritime flair. In the center of the larger shopping areas, the “Market of Angels” presents itself on the square Neumarkt under a magnificently shining star-spattered sky and quite near on Rudolfplatz, young and old enjoy the spirit of the “Village of St. Nicholas”. Nearby, on the edge of the popular Belgian Quarter, people meet on the cosy “Christmas Market at Stadtgarten” within Cologne’s oldest park. New this year is "HEAVENUE – the gay Christmas market" near Rudolfplatz. This market shines in a special light and attracts with a new concept.