CONTRIBUTED BY MICHELLE KING
Note: This article was published in 2013, but the information at the bottom has been updated for the 2015 Christmas market season! Enjoy!
Friday, November 30th: my parents arrived in Germany!! They only stayed a week, so come Saturday morning we hit the ground running to get things done! First on our list: the Dresden Christmas Market.
This Christmas Market is Germany’s oldest Christmas Market with history dating back to 1434. We happened to go on opening weekend so it was VERY crowded, almost too crowded. It was hard to see what the different booths had to offer. Most Christmas Markets are set up in rows and make it easy to follow a pattern… Dresden was not like this at all! We kept walking down an aisle going, “have we seen these yet?”
Of course there were multiple booths selling just Gluwein (hot spiced wine) and all kinds of junk food. My family loves hot chocolate, which was a little harder to find, but we made sure to get some. Also, each Christmas Market has their own mug for Gluwein or hot chocolate. When you buy a drink you pay for the beverage itself and a deposit on the mug. If you return the mug you get the deposit back but you can also keep the mug. My Dad and I have started to collect a mug or two from every market we go to.
Another awesome feature of the Dresden Christmas Market is the world’s tallest Christmas pyramid, with a height of 14 meters. They also have the world’s largest nutcracker but we couldn’t find it.
If you plan to go to the Dresden Christmas Market, I would suggest going on a week day if possible. It’s a large city, so the market gets very crowded on the weekends.
We drove to Dresden and stayed one night in Pirna, which is about 25 minutes outside of Dresden. Because we went on opening weekend, there were no openings at hotels in the city.
We stayed at Hotel Elbparadies which was a very cute and quaint place. They don’t speak any English, but they were very nice. Breakfast was also included in the room price, which is a rare find around here.
If you don’t want to drive to Dresden, the train station is very close to the market. It would be perfect to take a train ride up during the day just to see the Christmas market.
Overall the Christmas market was great. It was a good size with a lot of booths. The charm was wonderful, and it has a wide variety of gifts, toys and trinkets to look at!
Dates and Times:
27th November – 24th December, 2015
Daily: 1000 – 2100
Until 1400 on Christmas Eve
Entrance is free
Address for GPS:
01067 Dresden, Germany
Here are other Germany Ja articles about Christmas markets.
Also in Dresden: The Parade of Nobles
Note: Michelle originally posted this article on her site, but has graciously shared it with us here as well.