Erfurt Christmas market on Domplatz square

The focus is on the illuminated lettering Erfurt Christmas Market. In the background are the cathedral and some attractions as the big wheel and the Christmas pyramid.
Picture: The entrance of the Erfurt Christmas Market Picture: © Stadtverwaltung Erfurt

Erfurt's Christmas market is centred on Domplatz. The square's towering St. Mary's Cathedral and Church of St. Severus provide the perfect romantic backdrop for all the festive fun. This ensemble of religious architecture is a veritable masterpiece of the German Gothic style. Of particular note is the Gloriosa, the world's largest free-swinging medieval bell, which was cast in 1497. This cathedral bell measures 2.5 metres to the top of the crown, has a diameter of 2.57 metres and weighs 11.45 tonnes. The Church of St. Severus opposite is one of the few five-aisle Gothic hall churches in Germany.

Fun attractions and fascinating sights await visitors to Erfurt Christmas market on Domplatz square. The market also presents an extensive array of stalls selling traditional handmade crafts, delicious treats and exquisite Christmas decorations. When dusk envelops Domplatz square and a sprinkling of snow covers the cathedral, the Christmas market takes on a whole new charm.

Erfurt Christmas market kicks off with a special opening event, which takes place from 4:30 pm on 22 November on the Cathedral Steps and the nearby stage.

Event venue

Christmas market stage

Christmas market stage

Every day the Christmas market stage features a programme of festive entertainment. From choirs and brass bands to performances of fairytales, there's something for all ages.

Cathedral Steps

The Cathedral Steps

Bathed in an alluring festive glow, the Cathedral Steps really look the part when the market opens on 22 November 2016.