Dresden Christmas Market
Dresden Christmas Market
4.5
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
About
Dresdner Striezelmarkt was founded in 1434, making it one of Germany's oldest Christmas Markets. The name (Striezel) derives from a local fruit cake that was traditionally sold at the market, and is now better known as Stollen. The market takes pride in its giant candle pyramid standing 14 metres tall, making it the world's tallest. The candles power blades above causing the festive ornaments on the pyramid to turn. Other Dresden traditions include wooden Smoking Men that breathe out incence and carved wooden Tchaikovsky style Nutcracker Soldiers. You can also try the local Christmas food and drink by way of prune figurines, gingerbread and mulled wine spiced with cloves and cinnamon. The famous Christmas arch displays candles and figures depicting the city's mining traditions and folklore.
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Sharpy
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Wow, just wow. Best Christmas Market we have ever been to. Cheaper than UK markets and the stall decorations were amazing. Arrived for a day trip from Prague. The train was clean and we even had our own compartment on the journey there. Just over two hours journey. From the station we walked through a minor market which would have been a large market in many cities. The main market in Altmarkt was fairly busy, but not so much that you couldnt get access to anywhere. The Altmarkt Galerie off the square, is a huge shopping centre. A third Christmas market is located in the Neumarkt, not too far away. Our only gripe was the apparant lack of pubs between the station and the markets. We assumed this being Germany, pub culture would have been right up there, but not in the city centre, at least from what we saw. This was our first trip to Dresden and we might have been a bit blinkered to have noticed any traditional pubs. We did find an Irish bar and the Guinness was better than average. Would definately recomend Dresden Christmas. We werent there long enough to explore the history or rest of the city, but we would definately go back.
Written December 13, 2022
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Lets cruise
Miami, FL1,063 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
If you are looking to experience nice and joyous Christmas atmosphere looks elsewhere or dont come during the weekend. While the market is all decked out in Christmas spirit you cannot even make one step in any direction. All the stalls are either impossible to get to or have long line. We really wanted to get a Christmas stolle and were waiting for 20min in line and another 20 trying to get out of there, dodging people with hot chocolate or mulled wine in their full open cups. Anxiety inducing experience
Written December 19, 2023
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Hert4d
London, UK41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Such a fab Christmas Market - the best we have been to so far. Highly recommend, we all had a great time. All huts are unique and quality products, prices were also ok, great entertainment with traditional and regional offers. Certainly met our expectations!
Written December 29, 2023
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Rebecca B
4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Dresden, the oldest Christmas market on record and four markets, each with their own uniqueness.... Food, Traditional, Romantic, Lights.....except they were all the same. About five different stalls and repeat, repeat, repeat. The most boring Christmas markets we have ever been to. Prague is still the best, by far!!

Dresden do do nice stollen though, so brownie points for that!
Written December 7, 2023
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1NCfoodie
Baton Rouge, LA1,530 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Due to illness we were forced to cancel our trip in December of 2023. Lovely friends in Dresden visited the Striezelmarkt and purchased the lantern kit for us. Wonderful surprise upon receiving it in the US.
Written January 18, 2024
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Michael W
Indiana9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
If you needed to design a Christmas Market use Dresden to copy. Right now I have found four all a little different. The main market has food booths and many of wares to sell. Has a great Farris wheel and a few other Kinder rides around the market. The Booths have decorated roof tops and friendly vendors. Located in a newly repaired square that will take time to maneuver.
Written December 5, 2022
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Russ Lacuata
Long Beach, CA8,569 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
One of the most traditional and charming Christmas market in the world. Great place to enjoy the Christmas spirit. Nostalgic, traditional arts and craft, food and wine. A truly unique experience.
Written December 10, 2019
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Hitchiker_bear
Country Victoria, Australia715 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Couples
A three week Christmas market visit, taking in Vienna, Prague, Regensburg , Erfurt, Nuremberg and some lesser towns; for us the Dresdener Streizelmarkt in Dresden's Altmarkt were the most outstanding.
Especially dazzling is the exceptional effort taken in the imaginative decoration of the outside of the individual stalls. Stall holders are obviously very competitive with the result that everyone’s stall is the best. Stalls swathed in a profusion of Christmas greenery, lights, wine barrels, large sausages, gingerbread houses, witches, sleighs, and other decorative touches which shout “this is my impressive stall I dare others to be more striking and or to stand-out more.
Stalls in other Christmas Market towns lacked the individuality and profusion of decorative elements to the exterior of stalls. A visit to stalls in the Dresdiner Striezelmarkt were a delight both in daylight as well as night-time. Classic, humorous, brightly decorated, comic themes. Stalls in most cities were their most dazzling at night, relying mainly on bright lights and appeal of their wares to the visitor, and certainly did not have the overall appeal or Christmas appeal of those in Dresden.
Written January 10, 2015
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DeeC
Bakersfield, CA355 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
Came to Dresden from Prague for an overnight stay specifically to come to the Christmas Market. It's the oldest in Germany from what I've read and it's huge! There are actually three separate markets that I saw - each just a couple of blocks from each other. It's a magical place to see and I am really glad we made the side trip - the market does close after Christmas (Prague's markets stay open until New Year) so make sure to time it right if you're Christmas Market hopping. Crowded as was expected, but everyone is in great spirits and it will definitely get you in the holiday spirit.
Written February 16, 2019
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G S C
366 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Friends
We patronized 2 stalls and both stalls harboured staff who were inclined to be culturally selective. At one stall we ordered bratwurst, sauerkraut in bun and pizza-like bread. 2 staff attended to us and they were business-like while a third stood in the background sizing us up and down. This 3rd staff was definitely not doing it out of curiosity!
Then we proceeded to the next stall to purchase gluhwein. I asked a guy about the gluhwein and was snubbed for a good few minutes(and for good measure he turned his back on me!) before he turned around to reply reluctantly. Mind you, i had waited for a couple of customers before me to finish before I acted! The lady who then served me was neutral and business like but definitely also didn't make me feel like I was their customer!
This market is not recommended for non Germans!!! Or rather non Anglo-Saxons, maybe!??
Reeks of cultural and racial selectivity, in my opinion!! We are not immigrants with whom they are experiencing problems(which is of their own undoing in any case!!!), but tourists contributing to their economy for crying out loud!! Don't they realise the huge difference!!????????
Written January 3, 2018
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