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, which stands at 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 incense, 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
19 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 13 December 2022
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Lets cruise
Miami, FL1,719 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 19 December 2023
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Hert4d
London, UK50 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 29 December 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 7 December 2023
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1NCfoodie
Baton Rouge, LA1,519 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 18 January 2024
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Michael W
Indiana8 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 5 December 2022
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Tiberiu_Baranyi
Timisoara, Romania16,931 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Early December 2023 in Dresden and the Christmas market was already open. Have to admit I'm not a huge fan of this markets, why? because these markets are typically crowded and to be honest it was the same in Dresden.
Decorations were really beautiful - detailed and really festive - the booth and and shops were spread in the Oldtown area of Dresden - in several squares , some smaller some bigger and I have to say everywhere you went you could smell bakery and mulled wine in the air ...
It has been a very interesting experience - nothing to say - however once more I have to say it was too crowded for my taste - maybe it was so crowded because it was opened recently, maybe it gets more crowded the closer it gets to Christmas , still , personally I would say it is still not for me ... it was interesting but I did not became a fan.
Is it a must see - well I to say yes, if you have the opportunity is definitely an experience that is not to be missed.
If you are fan of Christmas markets I would say put it on your list for 2024 or the years to come - I bet it will be at least as interesting as it was last December.
Written 19 May 2024
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Russ Lacuata
Long Beach, CA9,550 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 10 December 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 10 January 2015
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DeeC
Bakersfield, CA337 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 16 February 2019
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