Christmas Market Weimar

Weimar Christmas at the Market Square

A Christmas tree for all

In Weimar's market square, a magnificent fir tree glows in the light of the city's special Christmas tradition: the brightly lit Christmas tree that, in Goethe's time, came out of the bourgeois living room of the magnanimous Weimar bookseller Hoffmann and onto the Market Square - to the delight of all children, rich and poor. This was the first public Christmas tree in Germany in 1815. The custom quickly spread beyond Weimar's borders.

For families

From 1 to 21 December, Santa Claus opens a small door for Weimar's children every day at 3pm at the town hall on the market square. To the delight of the excited children, he will have a big sack of presents with him. The children's groups will thank him with a specially rehearsed programme.


Opening hours

28 November - 30 December

Sunday to Thursday 11am- 10pm,
Friday and Saturday 11am- 11pm,
until 23 December: stands until 7pm*.
from 26 December: stands until 6pm*.

* Extension of opening hours until 10pm and Fridays, Saturdays until 11pm possible. Extended opening is at the discretion of the market traders.


Discover the UNESCO World Heritage City at Christmas time. Take advantage of the packages offered by our hotels for the Advent and Christmas holidays.

Travel offers Weimar

Weimar during Advent time

All events (in German)

Events for kids (in German)