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Frankfurt Christmas Market 2022: 5 Essential Experiences

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Anyone seeking a little holiday spirit should find their way to a classic German market – which is exactly why we traveled to Frankfurt in December. The Frankfurt Christmas Market is one of the best Christmas markets in Germany and the merriment is celebrated throughout the city.

Origins of the Frankfurt market date to the year 1393 – making it one of the oldest German Christmas festivals. The Frankfurt, Germany Christmas Market is a magical event certain to inspire memorable Christmas moments.

Our post contains everything you need to know to visit the Frankfurt Christmas Market in 2022! In addition to the essential experiences, we include details for the Christmas Market in Frankfurt – such as market dates, times and a Frankfurt Xmas Market Map – at the end of the article.

 

Frankfurt Christmas Market

Traditional wooden huts cluster together in picturesque squares. The heavenly scent of hot spiced wine and sizzling sausages hangs heavy in the air. Frankfurt Christmas lights line cobblestone lanes. It’s quintessentially Christmas – and the fairytale scene is everything we love about spending the holidays in Europe.

In fact, the Christmas fair in Frankfurt, called the Frankfurt Weihnachtsmarkt, is such a classic affair that it has been duplicated in other cities. The “Frankfurt Christmas Market Birmingham” in England is one of the largest German Christmas markets – outside of Germany and Austria. Information about other famous German and European Christmas markets can be found towards the end of this post.  

 

Essential Frankfurt Christmas Experiences

Market stalls and Christmas Tree on Romerberg main square in Frankfurt, Germany

We were absolutely jazzed to be visiting Frankfurt at Christmas time! We spent three days at the Frankfurt Xmas Market – and we have ranked our top experiences.

Pro Tip: We share upcoming dates and answers to frequently asked questions in the next section. Looking for more things to do in Frankfurt? Use our Self-guided Walk for your Frankfurt Sightseeing!

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#1 Sip Warm Gluhwein

Stacked Gluhwein mugs at vendor stall at Christmas Market in Frankfurt, Germany

It wouldn’t be a German Christmas market without gluhwein…and there is no shortage of gluhwein at the Christmas market in Frankfurt am Main. The spiced, mulled wine is served piping hot in special mugs. The cup of cheer adds merriment to the occasion – and helps in the battle against the cold temperatures, too.

In addition to gluhwein, some vendors sell local craft beer and hot apple wine – a Christmas Market Frankfurt specialty! Feuerzangenbowle is as much fun to drink as it is to witness its preparation. The potent concoction, which translates to ‘fire tongs punch’, is made by setting fire to a large rum-soaked sugarloaf that hovers over the steaming pot of gluhwein.

Top Tip: Most places only accept cash and a deposit is required for the mug, which needs to be returned to the same vendor…or keep it as a souvenir!

 

#2 Visit The Best Christmas Markets in Frankfurt, Germany

Unlike some holiday events that are confined to one area, the Frankfurt Christmas markets dot the city. Christmas huts are set up in spacious squares, tucked into quaint courtyards and laid out along city streets. We simply stumbled onto many markets while sightseeing in Frankfurt – and found about others (like a rooftop market) by word of mouth.

While we truly enjoyed each one of the Frankfurt Xmas markets, we selected a few as our favorites.

 

Romerberg Christmas Market

Frankfurt Christmas Market on Romerberg Square in Frankfurt, Germany

The Frankfurt main square, Romerberg, is the focal point of the holiday festivities – and shouldn’t be missed! The square is jam-packed with vendors selling gluhwein, German fare and traditional holiday gifts. The famous Frankfurt Christmas Tree and an old-fashioned carousel are also found on the main square.

 

Christmas Market in Paulsplatz

Singing Moose on Paulsplatz Christmas Market in Frankfurt, Germany

St. Paul’s Square in Frankfurt is the largest square in the city center and features even more market stalls than Romerberg. With several food options and shopping opportunities, strolling through Paulsplatz is a must!

 

PBG Parkhaus Konstablerwache Rooftop Xmas Market

Rooftop Christmas Market with city skyline views in Frankfurt, Germany

Not easy to find, but well-worth the effort to locate it, the parking lot rooftop Christmas night market in Frankfurt is a hidden gem! Heavily focused on unique food and drink offerings, the real reason to go to the CityXmas evening event is for the amazing Frankfurt skyline views!

 

Rosa Weihnacht Market on Friedrich-Stoltze-Platz

Preparing Feuerzangenbowle at Pink Christmas Market in Frankfurt, Germany

The “Pink Christmas Market” at Friedrich-Stoltze-Platz is rather small…and is decorated in all things pink. The contemporary market features stalls selling hand-crafted wares, non-traditional food options and the best (and perhaps most potent) feuerzangenbowle.

 

#3 Savor Classic German Christmas Fare

Visiting the Frankfurt winter market wouldn’t be complete without sampling traditional German cuisine. Indulging in at least one grilled sausage is a must – but sausages are not the only Frankfurt Christmas fare to consume at the market.

 

Frankfurter Rindswurst

Sausages on giant grill at Frankfurt Christmas Market in Frankfurt, Germany

If you are going to eat a sausage at the Frankfurt Christmas Market – and we highly recommend that you do – make sure to order a Frankfurter Rindswurst sausage. The beef sausage is best served on a bun and topped with mustard.

 

Reibekuchen

Reibekuchen potato pancakes and Gluhwein at Pink Christmas Market in Frankfurt, Germany

Reibekuchen – or potato pancakes – are one of our all-time favorite German Christmas market treats. Traditionally served with applesauce, we prefer our reibekuchen served with sour cream.  

 

Frankfurter Handkas Fondue

Handkas Fondue in Reindeer dish at Christmas Market in Frankfurt, Germany

Handkas – or Hand Cheese – is a Frankfurt culinary classic. Using handkas in fondue, however, is a modern twist…and it’s delicious. Even better, Frankfurter Handkas Fondue is served in festive reindeer dishes.

 

Flammkuchen

Germany’s version of pizza, Flammkuchen, has a thin, crispy crust and is traditionally topped with gooey melted cheese, onions and bacon. Flammkuchen pairs perfectly with a steaming cup of mulled wine!

 

Sweet Treats

Roasted almonds and gingerbread treats are popular sweets at many German Christmas city markets. That said, the Bethmannchen marzipan cookies are a specialty at the Christmas market in Frankfurt, Germany. 

 

#4 Snap a Selfie by the Christmas Tree in Romerberg Frankfurt

Sarah and Kris of JetSettingFools.com at Frankfurt Christmas Market in Frankfurt, Germany

The 100-foot-tall Christmas Tree that stands in front of Romer (City Hall) is an iconic symbol of Christmas in Frankfurt, Germany. Decorated with hundreds of lights and holiday bows, the tree dominates the square. Getting a photo taken with the towering tree is essential…but can be a bit tricky.

Because the tree is so large, it’s easy to get an up-close selfie with the tree as the background. However, if you want your photo taken with the entire tree, there are a few spots around the market that provide the perfect shot.

The best places we found for a picture-perfect photo were: 1) Behind the Fountain of Justice in the center of the square; 2) below Ostzeile behind the Carousel Ticket Office; and 3) In the lane leading south toward the river near Old St. Nicholas Church.

 

#5 Shop for Frankfurt Christmas Gifts and Souvenirs

Gingerbread heart Lebkuchen cookies for sale at Frankfurt Christmas Market

In addition to the numerous food and gluhwein stalls, many vendors at the market sell gift items and souvenirs. In fact, the market’s history is rooted in Frankfurt Christmas shopping. The vendors at the market sell an array of goods – from homemade ornaments to wooden toys to local delicacies.

When Christmas shopping in Frankfurt, we recommend shopping for products that are locally produced or regional specialties. For more top tips of what to buy at German Christmas markets, you might want to check out this article.

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Frankfurt Christmas Market Details

Festive holiday lights and market stalls in Romerberg in Frankfurt, Germany

We have the answers to the most commonly asked questions about the Christmas market in Frankfurt. Below you will find everything you need to know!

 

When Do Christmas Markets Start in Germany?

Dates of German Christmas markets vary by location. Generally, markets open the last week of November and run until a few days before Christmas.  

 

2022 Frankfurt Christmas Market Calendar

The dates of the 2022 Christmas Market in Frankfurt are November 21, 2022 until December 22, 2022. We also encourage you to check the official Frankfurt Christmas Market event page for any changes or updates to the Christmas markets 2022 calendar.

 

What are the Frankfurt Christmas Market Opening Times?

Frankfurt Christmas Market 2022 Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10:00am until 9:00pm and on Sundays from 11:00am until 9:00pm.

 

Where is the Frankfurt Christmas Market Location?

As we already mentioned, there are numerous market locations throughout the city. For the Christmas Market Frankfurt 2022 festivities, visitors will find markets in Romerberg, Paulsplatz, Mainkai, Hauptwache and Friedrich-Stoltze-Square.

Frankfurt Christmas night markets are found in Thurn-und-Taxis-Platz, PBG Parkhuase Konstablerwache Rooftop and Paradiesplatz in Old Sachsenhausen.

 

Frankfurt Christmas Market Map

Use this link to Google Maps to find all that is Merry and Bright at the Frankfurt Christmas Market 2022!

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Are there Public Toilets at the Market?

There are public portable toilets set up near each market. The cost to use the toilets is €0.50.

 

What is the Weather in Frankfurt, Germany in December?

It is cold in Frankfurt at Christmas time! Average temperatures for Frankfurt in December are around 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Check the current weather forecast for your trip on Weather.com.

 

Are there Hotels Near Frankfurt Christmas Market?

When we were looking for where to stay in Frankfurt for the Christmas market, we realized the city is not that big and there are plenty of choices when it comes to accommodations. We share tips on where to stay in Frankfurt during the holiday season in the next section. 

 

Best German Christmas Markets Near Frankfurt

Looking for the best Xmas markets in Germany? The Frankfurt am Main Christmas Market is just one of the German markets we have visited. We have also been to the Dusseldorf Christmas Market and we spent one night at the Cologne Christmas Market, as well – both of which we highly recommend!

However, there are several German holiday markets around the country that are highly touted by fellow travelers. Find other Frankfurt Christmas Market reviews on TripAdvisor.

Find a complete list and map of German Christmas Markets on the Germany Tourism Website


 

Planning a Christmas Markets Frankfurt Trip

We have highlighted the top Christmas Market Frankfurt activities, but there is a lot more to planning a trip to the city! Travelers visiting Frankfurt during Christmas time also need to plan how to get there, where to stay in Frankfurt for Christmas market fun and what to pack for the trip. 

We are covering the basics by sharing our top tips, but you will need to keep track of the details. We recommend using a travel planner – like our Printable Travel Planner – so that nothing falls through the cracks! 

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Getting to Frankfurt in December

Most travelers will find that it is fairly easy to get to Frankfurt for the Christmas Markets. The city is a hub of transportation. There are year-round flights from nearly anywhere as well as an excellent network of trains to Frankfurt. 

To find the best fares on fights to Frankfurt (FRA), we recommend starting your search on Skyscanner. We offer more tips in our article, How To Find Cheap Flights

 

Best Places to Stay for Christmas in Frankfurt, Germany

There are many hotels in and around the Frankfurt Old Town, however, finding affordable accommodations can be a real struggle during the Christmas season in Frankfurt. We recommend booking your accommodations as early as possible to find the best deals. We share more tips for booking the best places at the best prices in our Guide to Booking Hotels.

We managed to find available rooms at a cheap hotel that was located near the Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof (main train station), which was convenient for catching our train to Paris.

The budget accommodation suited our needs (but has since closed) – mainly because it was within walking distance to the Frankfurt City Center.

Whether you are looking for a budget hostel or luxury stay, start your search for places to stay in Frankfurt, Germany on Booking.com – like we do!

 

What to Pack For Your Trip To Frankfurt, Germany

We are sharing a few specific tips for what to pack for your German Christmas Market Frankfurt trip. You can find all of our advice on our Packing Tips blog page – and stay organized with our FREE Packing Checklist

 

Weather Appropriate Wear

The weather in Frankfurt in December can be downright cold. You will need more than gluhwein to stay warm! Make sure to pack a scarf, hat and gloves in your suitcase for your Frankfurt trip!

 

Shoes for Visiting Frankfurt, Germany Christmas Market

Frankfurt is a walkable city…but only if you have the right travel shoes! Don’t forget to pack a pair of lightweight and comfortable walking shoes for your trip. I (Sarah) have traveled with these shoes by Columbia and Skechers. Kris prefers wearing these shoes by Merrell.

 

Travel Camera

Frankfurt, Germany at Christmas is a sight to see…and we’re certain you’ll be snapping tons of photos during your trip. Rather than relying on your mobile phone to capture the sights, upgrade to an actual camera for higher quality photos.

We travel with a Canon Rebel (which takes amazing photos, but can be a bit clunky) and a Canon PowerShot ELPH (which takes beautiful pictures and is a slim and lightweight budget camera).

 

Map, Guidebook and Day Pack for Travel

It’s easy to get turned around in any foreign city…and especially after a few festive beverages! Make sure to have a good city map and/or guidebook before arriving in Frankfurt. Also, don’t forget to pack a great day bag to keep all your essential travel items organized and secure.

 

Travel Insurance for your Frankfurt Christmas Trip

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Start planning your trip to Germany! Search for the lowest airfares, the best accommodations and fun things to do…then start packing!  Want more travel planning tips? Head over to our Travel Planning page for more information and tips on traveling – and for country-specific information, take a look at our Travel Guides page!

 

We want to know: Have you been to the Frankfurt Christmas Market? What would you add to our list of essential experiences? Have you visited other Christmas Markets In Europe? Give us your best tips and advice in the comments below! 

 

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