Oh how lovely the winter time can be... Especially when the snow falls outside and the landscapes around look as though they are going into winter sleep under a thick blanket of snow. And even though we cannot guarantee you a white winter fairytale, in the Harz - the heart of Germany - the possibility of it happening is always very high and an astonishing sight. So why not book an advent tour to the Harz Mountains? Our tour proposal to the Harz Mountains can easily be adjusted to become a Christmas themed tour. We can also implement your very own ideas and suggestions and put together an unforgettable Advent tour to the Harz Mountains.
But what would be a winter tour in the Advent without a visit to a Christmas market? Especially in the Harz Mountains, you will find some of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany, which, as a part of your trip to the Harz region, you should definitely visit!
Get to know the most beautiful Christmas markets in the Harz Mountains
Lovers of music can let the typical regional Christmas songs enchant them; fans of fine arts can admire the handicrafts on the Christmas market. A nice warm cup of mulled wine to warm you up is always at hand… Let the Christmas spell enchant you and discover the most beautiful Christmas markets in the Harz with us!
Christmas markets in Wernigerode
1st Advent weekend until December 22nd, 2019
Besides starting your Advent tour in Quedlinburg, you may also consider staying in the historic city of Wernigerode. Here you can find our winter tour suggestions to Wernigerode and the Harz Mountains. In Advent time, the town glows with Christmas lights, submerged into its very own Christmassy atmosphere. A big highlight on the Christmas market in Wernigerode is the court of handicrafts. Unique and handmade presents await you to surprise your loved ones with e.g. ceramics, jewellery, felt products, rare types of honey, handmade soaps or small graphics. Let the magic of Christmas in Wernigerode carry you away and discover one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in the Harz region.
Advent in the courtyards of Quedlinburg
1st – 3rd Advent weekend
Quedlinburg, only 30 kilometres (18 miles) from Wernigerode, provides you with another opportunity for an exciting stay. Every year on the first, second and third Advent over 20 medieval inner courtyards open their gates to a special Christmas market. An angel and Ms. Advent, carrying stardust, invite visitors inside to discover the courtyards, which are otherwise inaccessible and on this occasion beautifully decorated. Surrounded by protected timbering houses, the Advent market presents a colourful mixture of charming Christmas offerings and every courtyard has its own treasures to offer from their kitchen, arts and crafts.
Christmas magic in Sankt Andreasberg
1st Advent weekend
Only a stone’s throw away from Wernigerode is the Christmas market in Sankt Andreasberg, which should absolutely be in your travel programme of your Advent tour to the Harz Mountains. At the beginning of the Advent in a cosy little coffee shop or an advent bazaar, visitors can give in to the marvellous live music and magic of Christmas. A highlight of this Advent market is certainly Santa’s visit on Sunday of first Advent, during which often not only children get excited.
Christmas market in Bad Sachsa
Every year during Advent time, Bad Sachsa - accessible within roughly half an hour by coach - wraps itself around alluring scents of mulled wine, almonds and gingerbread. Each year on the third Advent weekend, the Christmas market, surrounded by old timbering houses, opens its gates to visitors.
Nativity scenes in Wieda
Starts November 29th, 2019
Virtually on the way back from Bad Sachsa to Wernigerode, an opportunity to visit the many nativity scenes in Wieda arises. Except for the traditional, colourful Christmas market and its booths with mulled wine, fragrant pastries and creative toy makers, you will find peerless nativity scenes all over the town. The life-sized figures have been arduously constructed and decorated by Wieda’s citizens. Savour the idyllic atmosphere and enjoy the diverse programme of this special Christmas market!
Altenauer Christmas market
December 20th, 2019 – December 31st, 2019
The Altenauer Christmas market offers a variety of attractions to its visitors. Strolling around the little market, you are likely – among other things – to meet Santa Claus, to experience Russian Christmas nights, to sing regional songs and to visit multiple concerts.
Brunswick Christmas market
November 27th – December 29th, 2019
You can find close to 150 stalls on the Brunswick Christmas market that sell a variety of different artistic crafts and regional culinary specialties. Enjoy fairy tales and puppet theatres or other interesting events offered by the Christmas workshop. All around the St. Blasii Cathedral, you will be able to experience a beautiful scenery and concerts, which belong to the Brunswick Christmas culture week.
The Christmas market of Clausthal-Zellerfeld
1st – 4th Advent weekend 2019
This famous Christmas market is one of the highest markets during Christmas time in Germany. In the centre of the charming Christmas market, you can find a big, blue church called market church of the Holy Spirit. It is the largest wooden church in Europe and thus is the pride of the city. Besides the beautiful church, the market has much more to offer during Christmas time. You can try out the ice rink while listening to music from music stage or discover various stalls on the market place. On the Christmas market of Clausthal-Zellerfeld you can indeed feel the delightful and festive atmosphere of Christmas!
Christmas market in the imperial city of Goslar
November 27th – December 30th, 2019
This Christmas market is known as the most beautiful market of entire Northern Germany. It is located on the historical market place in the city centre of Goslar, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage City. Pleasant aroma of cinnamon, baked apples, and roasted almonds are all around the 80 stalls that offer culinary specialities, sweet Christmas treats and lovely sounds of Christmas to the visitors of this romantically glittering market. The magical Christmas forest with its 50 illuminated coniferous trees and aromatic forest soil brings this paradise of Christmas to perfection.
The Christmas market of the county town Osterode
November 27th – December 23rd, 2019
You will be surprised by a visit to the Christmas market in Osterode as this town has a lot to offer. Among the traditional culinary Christmas treats, children’s carousels, exhibitors of handicrafts and concerts, Osterode has more special features ready for visitors in its Christmas program. As an example, we would like to mention the living Advent calendar that opens up one door each day or the differently themed Advent weekends, which present various events each time as e.g. concerts, readings, quizzes or tinkering and backing activities.
The Christmas market of Walkenried
December 7th – December 8th, 2019
The health resort of Walkenried will turn your visit into an unforgettable experience. Taking place on the second weekend of Advent, the market is located on the monastery forecourt, which is always filled with colourful Christmas stalls, melodious Christmas music and seductive fragrances and candlelight. The prime highlight is the legendary Christmas tombola where you have the chance to win a Christmas goose. Let yourself get mesmerised by the Christmas market of Walkenried.
Christmas magic at the health resort town of Zorge
December 15th, 2019
Small but contemplative – on the third weekend of Advent, the 12th Christmas market of Zorge will take place this year. Be present when the Christmas child of Zorge illuminates the Christmas tree and enjoy a hot cup of mulled wine or have yourself inspired by the great work of the craftsmen.
Of course, there are many more wonderful Christmas markets in the Harz region. Many more places invite you to visit their advent festivities, as well. Since this article can only list a small selection, upon request, we will gladly inform you about other Christmas markets in the Harz Mountains. Start planning your Advent tours now, and request your tailor made travel itinary to Quedlinburg or Wernigerode and let us then discuss your ideas, wishes and requirements! This way we can organize a successful group tour to the wintry Harz for you. We are looking forward to your inquiries!
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