Münster’s Christmas Markets
Advent in Münster – A winter fairytale
25 November – 23 December 2019
When the Prinzipalmarkt is a sea of golden lights, the arcades are decorated with advent garlands, the aroma of mulled wine and sugar-roasted almonds drifts through the streets and the shops are festively decked out, it is clear that many people’s favourite time of year has come round once again, the time when Münster’s five Christmas markets open their doors, turning the Old Town into a winter fairytale.
With each one only a few minutes’ walk from the next, the markets are strung through the Old Town like beads on a chain – an irresistible invitation for a Christmas stroll.
Beneath a romantic roof of lights, the oldest and biggest of the Christmas markets can be found in the Town Hall courtyard and all around the Town Hall, with stands selling jewellery and traditional craft items as well as a wide variety of delicious things to eat.
At the foot of the mighty St. Lamberti church, surrounded by historic arcaded houses, the St. Lamberti “Christmas Lights Market” presents a dazzling picture with its blue, pointed-roofed booths and 20-metre light-covered Christmas tree.
In the cosy Christmas Village centred around the Kiepenkerl, the monument to the peddlers who once traded their wares in and around Münster, the stands create a quaint atmosphere, combining culinary enjoyment with craft traditions.
The Aegidii Christmas Market is designed to appeal particularly to families. With its beautiful nativity scene and richly decorated wooden pyramid, rising to a height of 6 metres, it is sure to make every child’s eyes light up.
Set against the mediaeval walls of the Überwasser Church and with a wonderful view of the illuminated towers of the cathedral, the Giebelhüüskes (Gable House) Market offers a wide choice of craft items plus all manner of delicious things to eat.
An opportunity for a quiet, meditative moment can be found in the many churches with their welcoming open doors. Concerts of all kinds and top-ranking exhibitions in Münster’s museums provided the cultural accompaniment. Guided advent tours, full of fascinating facts and anecdotes, provide an interesting insight into Münster’s history and traditions.
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Christmas Market at the Mühlenhof
Saturday, 30 November + Sunday, 1 December
Saturday, 7 December + Sunday, 8 December
Saturday, 14 December + Sunday, 15 December
Saturday, 21 December + Sunday, 22 December
A special Christmas Market with plenty of nostalgia will be held on all four weekends in Advent in the historical setting of the Mühlenhof Open-Air Museum.
On the five-hectare site of the museum, visitors can not only look forward to the around 30 buildings and structures from the 17th to the 19th century, but also to wooden cabins lovingly decked out in Christmas splendour, where, high-quality and typical Westphalian products, decoration items and a wide variety of seasonal gift articles are offered for sale.
The food and beverages on sale are also typical Westphalian. Alongside the retail and catering offerings, entertainment is additionally provided in the shape of a varied and colourful accompanying programme, with concerts and activities for kids to join in. In the historic houses and workshops of the museum, craftsmen and women give demonstrations of their skills.