CONTRIBUTED BY SARAH FORTE
Note: This article was originally published in 2014, but has been updated for the 2015 season. Enjoy!
The joys of Christmas markets don’t get old! We actually happened upon this market after trying to find an elusive restaurant. In the end, we didn’t get to eat at the restaurant, but we found something better!
The Saarbrücken Christmas Market stretches along Bahnhofstraße for over seven blocks. The northern end of the market place is the Europe Galerie mall, famous with Americans for its Starbucks (yes it has Germany mugs). The southern end is St. Johanner Markt. There are 200 stalls stretching along the path.
Here are some highlights:
Near the northern end is a giant Christmas pyramid. No, not the Egyptian kind of pyramid, but the carved wooden kind with candles and fan blades that turn the inside. The bottom of its four levels is a gluhwein station.
Yep, you can get your gluhwein. The process is the same at all markets: when you pay for your filled glass, you will also pay a pfand, or deposit. If you’d like to bring the cup back you will get your deposit back. If you want to keep the mug, you may! The mug that we got here is shaped like a boot!
Near the pyramid is a small set of carnival type rides, including a small Ferris wheel.
One of the next highlights is actually not part of the market, but it’s sure to draw a crowd: the Lego store. Even if you don’t go inside to see the special Christmas Lego sets, take a look at the displays in front of the store. There is a huge scene with ski lifts, Santa’s workshop, and plenty of details to keep you looking!
One unique sight in Saarbrücken, is a flying Santa! Santa and his sleigh are mounted high above the market. During the opening day and on the weekends, Santa and his reindeer fly above the heads of those below. The exact times are listed on the Saarbrücken Christmas market website.
There are many other special events and performances. Check Saarbrücken Christmas market website for puppet theater performances, Christmas concerts, special days for kids,
Tips For Your Trip:
23 November – 23 December, 2015
Parking The link has addresses for several parking areas. We’ve parked at the mall.
Europe Galerie mall, on the northern end of the market:
Trierer Straße 1, 66111 Saarbrücken, Germany