Stall at the Frankfurt Christmas Market

The Christmas Markets are in full swing and aromas such as mulled wine and gingerbread are wafting in the air.  The short days of winter emphasise the twinkling lights that abound throughout the city.  It’s December in Frankfurt and there are a number of things on around the city.

Frankfurt Arts and Crafts Market, 6-22 December

Yes, there’s the art market in St Paul’s Church until the end of the Frankfurt Christmas Market, but from the 6th December a variety of artists and craft people display their creations in the Halls of the Römer.  The range includes ceramics, jewellery and fabrics along with artwork and photography such as pictures, greeting cards and calendars. 

You can browse and be inspired, or buy and shorten your Christmas list.

Ringing of the Bells, 24 December, 17:00-17:30

The ringing of the bells is a Christmas Eve institution in Frankfurt.  Ten churches around the central area are involved.  They ring their bells in sequence, creating a play of sound.  People flock to areas such as the Römerberg and Paulsplatz, the square outside St Paul’s Church, to listen. 

New Year’s Eve, 31 December

As in other places the world over, there are plenty of parties and special dinners on this night.  Then, with the clock approaching midnight, people head outside.  There is no organised, public firework display for you to see in Frankfurt.  You can buy fireworks here in the days after Christmas and folk take their purchases to a spot where they can let them let them off.  In a short space of time, the city goes from relatively quiet to totally chaotic.  If you are near the Main, the display is amazing.  However, it is also crazy and hence somewhat dangerous.  Please take care!    

Note – Please be aware that in Germany, shops (and other businesses) close at 2:00 pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. 

For an overview of all the major events in Frankfurt in the next year, click here.