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Press Release: Magical Advent in Heidelberg

Press Release: Magical Advent in Heidelberg
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Magical Advent in Heidelberg The Heidelberg Christmas Market offers many special features against an incomparable backdrop

The Heidelberg Christmas Market opens its doors on November 26th, 2018. Already from 11:00 a.m. it starts with mulled wine, ice rink and arts and crafts. The whole Altstadt (Old Town) is then again filled with pre-Christmas atmosphere.

A special feature of the Heidelberg Christmas Market is that it extends through the entire historical city center. On a total of six squares, visitors experience the Christmas atmosphere and the scent of winter delicacies. More than 140 cosy wooden stalls invite you to stroll and offer gifts, culinary delights, craftsmanship and curiosities. The world-famous castle ruins, which radiate over Heidelberg, are always in view and create an incomparable atmosphere.

Festive kick-off with the Heidelberg Christ Child

At the official opening of the Christmas Market by Mayor Wolfgang Erichson on November 26th, Heidelberg's Christ Child Ingrid, supported by her angels with poems and Christmas carols, will create a festive atmosphere. The opening ceremonies begin at 6:00 p.m. on the Rathaus (Town Hall) balcony at the Marktplatz (market square).

Ice skating with castle view

During the Heidelberg Christmas Market, you can even enjoy a fantastic view of the castle while ice-skating: On the Karlsplatz (Carl's Square), turning pirouettes is more romantic than anywhere else in Germany on one of the most beautiful ice rinks. The icy open air pleasure is open every day until January 6th, 2019 (except on December 24th) from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. And if you have solid ground under your feet again, warm up with mulled wine or children's punch and treat yourself to a delicacy from one of the Christmas stalls.

Fairytale atmosphere at Kornmarkt (Grain Square)

With over 100 sparkling Christmas trees, a Christmas crib, a children's railway and white pagoda tents, the Heidelberg Winterwäldchen (Winter Forest) on Kornmarkt will enchant its visitors until January 1st, 2019. With the exception of the 24th. The Winterwäldchen is open from Sunday to Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

Public guided tours

Anyone who wants to discover the most beautiful corners of the Old Town and learn more about the Christmas traditions of the region is cordially invited to take part in the public guided tours of the Christmas Market. The guided tours in German will take place on the first three Saturdays of Advent at 6:30 p.m. The meeting point is in front of the main entrance to the Rathaus on Heidelberg's Marktplatz.

Queeres Heidelberg

As part of the Christmas Market, the queer community is also celebrating in Heidelberg: On December 3rd, 2018, from 6 p.m., the "Pink Monday Heidelberg" - for the benefit of AIDS-Hilfe Heidelberg e. V. - will be the meeting place of the region on the Marktplatz. The Rathaus, the Herkulesbrunnen (Hercules Fountain), the Heiliggeistkirche (Church of the Holy Spirit) and the Hotel zum Ritter St. Georg - all shine in pink for one evening. In addition there is good mood Christmas music, pink mulled wine and of course lots of nice people. The mulled wine is served in a limited special cup.

The Heidelberg Christmas Market is open from Monday, November 26th to Saturday, December 22nd, 2018, every day from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. - Saturdays even until 10:00 p.m..

About Heidelberg Marketing GmbH

Heidelberg Marketing GmbH, an associated company of the City of Heidelberg, plans, coordinates and implements measures within the framework of city marketing in Heidelberg. This also includes activities to promote tourism and the congress industry as well as the operation of the Heidelberg Kongresshaus Stadthalle (Convention Center) and the Tourist Information Center. Managing Directors of Heidelberg Marketing GmbH are Mathias Schiemer and Nicole Huber, Chairman of the Supervisory Board is Lord Mayor of Heidelberg Prof. Dr. Eckart Würzner.

Additional information can be found at

Heidelberg Marketing GmbH

Neuenheimer Landstraße 5

69120 Heidelberg

Press contact:

Dr. Constantin Weber, phone +49 6221 58-40202,


Photo 1: The Heidelberg Christmas Market will be back in full swing at the end of November 2018.

Photo 2: The ice rink on Karlsplatz is one of the highlights of the Heidelberg Christmas Market.

Photo 3: The stalls on Karlsplatz offer relaxation with mulled wine and delicacies.

Photo 4: Heidelberg is worth a visit at any time of the year.

Photo 5: At "Pink Monday Heidelberg" buildings in the old town are illuminated in pink.

Picture credits

Photo 1-4: © Heidelberg Marketing GmbH, Photographer: Tobias Schwerdt

Photo 5: © Heidelberg Marketing GmbH, Photographer: Steffen Schmid

Print free of charge - use of the photographs is free for journalist purposes for reporting in connection with the press release, provided that the source is named. We would be very happy to receive a voucher copy.

Kind regards

Dr. Constantin Weber
Director PR & Communication

Heidelberg Marketing GmbH
Neuenheimer Landstraße 5
69120 Heidelberg
Phone +49 6221 58-40202
Phone +49 6221 58-40200 (main office)
Fax +49 6221 58-40222 

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