Munich's best known Christmas Market, which reputedly dates from the 14th century, is held on the Marienplatz in the heart of the city center each year. There are numerous other smaller markets to visit on the nearby streets and squares.
The Munich Christmas Market offers traditional Bavarian and German Christmas gifts, including wood carvings from Oberammergau, gingerbread from Nuremberg and handicrafts from the Black Forest. The setting of the main market in front of the Town Hall is particularly charming.
Popular purchases include crib figurines, beeswax candles, and treats made of plums and almonds.
In the Town Hall‘s ”Heavenly Workshop”, children up to the age of 12 can enjoy arts and crafts workshops or bake Christmas biscuits and cakes.
The Kripperlmarkt is close by and just as popular, specializing in nativity scenes.
In all there are a further 20 Christmas Markets located throughout the city of Munich, including a Medieval Christmas Market with gospel singing at the Wittelsbacher Platz, a gay pink Christmas Market (Stephansplatz) and if you have forgotten anything before leaving for home there is even a Christmas Market with ice skating facilities at Munich’s international airport!