Arts and culture

Der Prinzipalmarkt in der Adventszeit

Christmas markets

Christmas markets 2024
November 25th to December 23rd, 2024
Sunday to Thursday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Der westfälische Weihnachtsmarkt im Freilichtmuseum Mühlenhof.

Westphalian Christmas Market

A special Christmas market with a lot of nostalgia takes place on all three Advent weekends in the historic open-air museum Mühlenhof. On the approximately five-hectare site, visitors can expect to find wooden huts lovingly decorated for Christmas alongside around 30 buildings from the 17th to 19th centuries. They offer high-quality and typical Westphalian goods, decorations and many beautiful gift ideas for Christmas.

2./3.12.  + 9./10.12. + 16./17.12. Saturday 14 p.m. – 20 p.m. Sunday 12 p.m. – 19 p.m.

Lichtinstallationen im Allwetterzoo Münster

XMAS LIGHTS at the im Allwetterzoo Münster

XMAS LIGHTS takes you into a world full of glamour and special show elements on the grounds of the Allwetterzoos in Münster. Enjoy breathtaking shows in which lasers, water, projection and light merge in perfect symbiosis.

23.11.2023 - 07.01.2024
Wednesday - Sunday 17 p.m. – 21/22 p.m.

Guided city tours

Weihnachtsmarkt vor der Lambertikirche

Public guided tour of the old town

Organiser: k3 Stadtführungen
Start: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., in November even 4 p.m
Dates: every Saturday
Meeting point: opposite the town hall under the street sign „Michaelisplatz“
Group tours are ONLY possible in EN/NL and other languages on request.

Prinzipalmarkt im Advent

Guided tour of the old town in advent

Organiser:  Stadt Lupe Münster e.V.
Start: 11 a.m., 1,5 hours
Dates: every day
Meeting point: in front of the Münster Information, Heinrich-Brüning-Str. 7


Christmas Münster - guided tour with mulled wine

Organiser: Stadt Lupe Münster e.V.
Start: 2 p.m., 1,5 hours
Dates: on all four saturdays in advent
Meeting point: in front of the Münster Information, Heinrich-Brüning-Str. 7
Group tours are ONLY possible in EN/NL and other languages on request.

Mit dem Nachtwächter unterwegs

Night watchman's tour of the adventurous Münster

Organiser:  StattReisen Münster
Start: 8.30 p.m.
Dates: on all four fridays and saturdays in advent
Meeting point: Platz des Westfälischen Friedens at the Chillida-Benches.
Group tours are ONLY possible in EN/NL and other languages on request.

Der Münster-Bus vor dem beleuchteten Schloss

City tours in a festive double decker

Organiser: Christkindl-MÜNSTERBUS
Dates: Fri - Mon, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Churches and concerts

Cityadvent in der Liebfrauen-Überwasserkirche.


Visit the Liebfrauen-Überwasserkirche, where the City Advent event, with its installations and inspirations, is held. Experience the „You will find me! (Jes 29,13)” exhibition and discover the seasonally decorated nave (open daily). Visit St.-Paulus-Dom of Münster and the inner-city churches and enjoy: music, candlelight, church services and prayer.

Lambertikirche mit der Himmelsleiter


An installation by Viennese artist Billi Thanner in the interior of St. Lamberti and on the outside (until spring 2024) of the church tower.

Inside: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


In addition to the pre-Christmas attractions, Münster has other cultural highlights in store for visitors.

The Bible Museum

During Advent, the Bible Museum at the University of Münster not only offers an exhibition on Christmas stories, traditions and carols, but also an attractive programme for children and adults.

The Bible Museum

Pablo Picasso Art Museum

The Pablo Picasso Münster Art Museum is showing the exhibition "Tàpies/Miró - World on Paper" from 30.9.2023 to 21.1.2024.

Kunstmuseum Pablo Picasso

"Nudes" at LWL-Museum

The LWL State Museum of Art and Culture presents "Nudes" in cooperation with the Tate, London, from 10.11.2023 to 14.4.2024.

LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur

Münster on old postcards

The Münster City Museum is presenting "Münster on old postcards - from the Aasee to the harbour" from 4.11.2023 to 7.4.2024.

Stadtmuseum Münster

Das Pendel von Gerhard Richter in der Dominikanerkirche.


From Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Gerhard Richter's artwork "Zwei graue Doppelspiegel für ein Pendel" can be seen in the Dominikanerkirche.


Das Museum für Lackkunst.

Museum für Lackkunst

The Museum of Lacquer Art shows a worldwide unique collection of lacquer art with objects from over two millennia.

Museum of Lacquer Art

Der Friedenssaal im Historischen Rathaus in Münster.

Hall of Peace

Also of interest is the Hall Of Peace in the city's historic town hall, which was awarded the European Heritage Seal in 2015. It is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Christmas melodies

Das Theater Münster

Symphony concerts

The Münster Symphony Orchestra will give symphony concerts at the Münster Theatre on 21 December at 10.30 a.m. and on 23 and 25 December at 4 and 7.30 p.m.


Music envelops the entire city in an atmospheric ambience: Six chimes play Christmas melodies in the city centre.

Info about the carillons

Musiker der Westfälischen Schule für Musik auf dem Sentenzbogen des historischen Rathauses in Münster.

Christmas music from the Sentenzbogen

Christmas music for a stroll through the city can be heard from the Sentenzbogen of the historic town hall on the first three Saturdays of Advent: "Brassissimo & Friends" will play on 2 and 9 December, starting at 4.48 pm. On 16 December, "Galaxy Brass" will give its Advent concert - also at 4.48 pm.