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How to see the Christmas Markets in Hamburg 2022

Hamburg Christmas markets are among the most magical Christmas Markets in Germany. Romantic Christmas lights, small chalets, offering everything from traditional food to arts and crafts and the beautiful Hamburg town hall in the background.

If you are in search of the perfect romantic getaway before Christmas – say no more. The big merchants city Hamburg is the ideal place for a romantic Christmas getaway. So you can make the most out of your Christmas trip to Hamburg and enjoy the Christmas Markets in Hamburg to the fullest – I have collected all the important information you will need!

More ideas for traveling to Germany? Make sure to also check out the cute city Kaiserslautern.

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Overview of the most beautiful Christmas Markets in Hamburg

Hamburg has over 30 different Christmas markets in 2022 – this gives you plenty of opportunity to make the most out of your romantic Christmas getaway to Hamburg. I have compiled a list of my favorite Hamburg Christmas markets, including opening times.

For my selection, I have only compiled Christmas markets in walking distance from each other, so you can spend a relaxed day sipping the hot wine without having to drive or go to the metro. For more information of Hamburgs Christmas markets in and outside the city click here.

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The Hamburg city hall Christmas market

The Christmas market in front of Hamburgs famous city hall is the most beautiful and enchanting Christmas market in Hamburg. It has all the traditional chalets of a typical German Weihnachtsmarkt. This includes stands selling roasted duck, different sausages and Chocolate.

My favorite stands sell hot mulled wine! Make sure to try hot mulled wine with a shot of raspberry schnapps – this is gonna warm you from the inside. There are many small stalls selling handmade toys, glassware and traditional Christmas ornaments. Talk about a perfect souvenir!

Three times a day, Santa makes an appearance and hovers over Hamburgs most famous Christmas Market with his sleigh. This is definitely a delight for young and old.

Open from

21. November – 23. December 2022

Sun – Thu: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Fri – Sat: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

How to get to Town Hall Christmas market

U3 Rathaus
U1/2/3 Jungfernstieg

Christmas market on Spitalerstrasse

The famous shopping street Spitalerstrasse is also home to a fabulous and fun Christmas market. This is definitely one of the more lively Christmas markets, with stalls selling hot mulled wine, traditional arts and crafts as well as local delicacies. Take a break from shopping, so you can enjoy the sound of happy Christmas carols at this Hamburg Christmas market.

Opening Times

17 November – 30 December 2022

Closed 20 November & 25 December

Daily: 10:00 a.m. — 11:00 p.m. (shopping stalls close at 9 p.m.)

How to get there

Walk from Central Station or U3 Mönckebergstraße

Jungfernstieg Christmas Market

The Christmas Market at the famous Hamburg Jungfernstieg is pretty special. It is located on the inner Alster lake, so you will have a perfect view of the lake while you sip on your hot mulled wine. Instead of the typical Weihnachtsmarkt stalls, you can find elegant white tents there housing all the shops and food stands. Make sure to try a traditional Currywurst there, or my favorite: Pasta made in a huge cheese!

Opening Times

17 November – 29 December 2022

Closed 20 November and 24 & 25 December

Daily: 11:00 a.m. — 9:00 p.m.

How to get there

U1/2/4 or S1/2/3 to Jungfernstieg
U3 to Rathaus

Christmas Market at St. Petri church

This was definitely our favorite Christmas market in Hamburg. The market is located next to the historical St. Petri church and offers a magical experience for young and old. You can find over 200 real fir trees lined up on the market, which makes it extra special.

There is a great selection of local and international delicacies for you to choose from. I especially enjoyed the Roasted Apple punch and the Krakauer sausage. Also, make sure to also try hot Caipirinhas and Dutch poffertjes.

Another pretty special thing about the St. Petri Christmas market is the small presentation of fairy-tale characters for children. Above all, there is even a traditional Christmas crib with small baby Jesus.

Opening times

From 17.11. until 30.12.2022 daily

from 10:30 a.m. to 09:00 p.m.

How to get there

Nearest accessible public transport stop: U3 Rathaus


Another really cute Christmas market in Hamburg is the Fleetweihnachtsmarkt, located right by the Michaelisbrücke. The adorable market is home to many white tents selling traditional food, drinks and art work, so it is a great place to enjoy a magical Christmas atmosphere.

Opening times

21. November – 30. December 2022

Sunday to Thursday 12:00 – 21:00

Friday and Saturday 12:00 to 22:00

How to get there

The closest station is Stadthausbrücke & Rödingsmarkt

Chez Noël – Hüttenzauber am Alten Wall

My last Christmas market on this list is the Hüttenzauber. It is located in the Im Palais Hof, however, it is one of the smaller Christmas Markets in Hamburg. I personally liked the small intimate market, because the beautiful fairy lights hanging everywhere. It is located right behind the Fleetweihnachtsmarkt, so you can nicely combine your visit!

Chez Noël - Hüttenzauber am Alten Wall fairy lights and chalets

Where to stay for Christmas in Hamburg

Another important thing before you go to Hamburg is choosing a place to stay for your Christmas getaway. Luckily, we have found the most perfect hotel for your Christmas Market weekend in Hamburg. The Steigenberger Hotel Hamburg is a beautiful 5-star hotel located right on the Michaelisbrücke. It only takes a short walk to reach the Hamburg town hall and therefore all the Christmas markets I mentioned before. We loved how close the hotel was to all the major attractions in Hamburg!

It is also located right by the Fleetmarket and the Hüttenzauber, so you will step into your first Christmas market right when you leave the hotel. Above all, the hotel is beautifully decorated and the rooms are spacious and modern. There are even some small ambient lighting installations in every room, that remind of the maritime history of Hamburg. Lastly, their restaurant is located on the 8th floor of the building, so you will have an amazing view over the town.

Other things to do during Christmas in Hamburg

If you get bored of all the magical Christmas markets, there are plenty of other things for you to do during Christmas in Hamburg. Taking a walk around the inner city is a great experience, there are many beautiful buildings and picturesque streets for you to admire. So, if you don’t know where to start, participate in a private walking tour of Hamburgs highlights.

I can especially recommend walking around the quarters of Speicherstadt and the Old Harbour. The red brick houses there are super fabulous and you can even see the famous Elbphilharmonie, the opera house. For visiting the Elbphilharmonie, I recommend this guided tour, so you can learn all about the special building and its history. Another great and romantic experience in this part of town is the evening boat tour around the Old Harbor.

We wanted to learn more about the (dark) history of Hamburg, so we decided to check out the Hamburg Dungeon. Professional actors guide you on a tour that takes you through 600 years of Hamburg history. Most of all the tour can be scary and funny at the same time, we definitely had a blast! However, we now remember a lot of the cities history in great detail!

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