With its waterfront transformed into a sea of festive lights and the heady scent of mulled wine and gingerbread in the air, Frankfurt is a magical place to spend the holiday season. See below for our top picks to celebrate Christmas in Frankfurt.
Visit the Christmas Markets
Christmas celebrations in Frankfurt center around the bustling Christkindlesmarkt, one of the oldest traditional markets in Germany. Held in the Römerberg and St. Paul's Square, the event features Christmas trees and additional events including steam train rides and festive carol concerts. Visitors keen to get into the holiday spirit can explore the Frankfurt Christmas market (Weihnachtsmarkt) on guided tours, learning of Germany’s rich holiday traditions while shopping for handcrafted souvenirs and sampling festive foods like bratwurst and roasted almonds.
Explore Nearby Towns
Once you’ve explored the historic streets and landmarks of Frankfurt, the city makes a great base for visiting some of Germany’s other Christmas markets. Take in Dresden, Leipzig, and Plauen on a 4-day tour from Frankfurt, and see how other cities celebrate the Advent. Along the way, spin through the towns of Annaberg, Schneeberg, and Seiffen—all famous for traditional woodcarving—and stroll Bamberg's UNESCO-listed Old Town. With entrance fees, some meals, and round-trip transport included, you’re free to soak up the sites at your leisure.
Try a Traditional German Christmas Dinner
The holiday season is incomplete without the traditional Christmas dinner, and you could be in for a tasty treat in Frankfurt. Wander among the festive market stalls browsing for gifts and souvenirs as carolers fill the air with Christmas hymns. Afterward, take a seat at your table for a 2-course Christmas dinner at a local restaurant.