The Munich Christmas Market 2020
from November 23 till January 10, 2021

The Munich Christmas Market or Christkindlmarkt, as it is called in Munich, will take place in 2020 despite Corona. Honever under the reservation, that the market will be cancelled at short notice if the infection rate dramatically worsens.

Due to a special corona concept, some changes are made compared to previous years:
The market usually lasts until 24 December. In this exceptional year, market traders are allowed to keep their stands open until 10 January 2021.
In order to allow a distance of at least 1.50 metres between visitors, the market area was extended along the pedestrian zone to Karlstor on Stachus and along the entire Sendlinger Strasse.
Mulled wine and other alcoholic drinks may only be consumed in delimited catering areas with bar tables - not outside of this "gastro-islands".
Visitors must wear masks at the stands.

Opening is on 23 November by the Lord Mayor of Munich. The festive tradition of a Christmas Market dates back to the 14th century. The town’s annals first mention the market as Nicholas Market near the Frauenkirche (Church of our Lady) in 1642. In 1806 the Nicholas Market altered its name and found finally its home in the city centre on the Marienplatz.

More than 150 stalls are built up on this site which are selling interesting things such as arts and crafts, Christmas tree decorations, sweets. A big attraction is also the 25-metre-high Christmas tree lit up by 2,500 candles.

During a stroll through the market you can feel the spirit of Christmas. Going from stall to stall you will find a rich array of Christmas tree-balls and stars, candles, ceramic and toys made of tin or wood. You will also find a lot of unusual products such as manger figurines, chimney sweepers made from plums, angel hair. Don't forget to taste the typical culinary delights: Lebkuchen (ginger bread), baked apples and roasted almonds.

The historical city manger is set up in the Court of the City Hall.

Every evening at 5.30pm Christmas carols can be heared from the balcony of the Town Hall. In addition Bavarian music ensembles present an eventful programme: folklore, choral and brass music.


Opening hours of the Christmas Market:
Monday to Saturday 10.00am - 9.00pm
Sunday 10.00am - 8.00pm
24th December 10.00am - 2.00pm




Text © Rolf Gross für "München Erleben"