Christmas markets

Experience the magic of Advent in the QuattroPole cities of Luxembourg, Metz, Trier and Saarbrücken.

Experience the magic of Advent in the QuattroPole cities of Luxembourg, Metz, Trier and Saarbrücken

The smell of baked apples, roasted almonds and mulled wine will soon be filling the air as the most wonderful time of the year approaches once again. And that means that the Christmas markets will be open for business. From the end of November, Luxembourg, Metz, Saarbrücken and Trier provide the perfect opportunity for a lovely spot of “Christmas market hopping”. Hundreds of fairy lights will be illuminating the streets of these four QuattroPole cities, which just so happen to be no more than one hour away from one another, meaning minimal time spent on travelling. There really is no better time for tourists to embark on a whistle-stop tour of Luxembourg, France and Germany, experiencing the special charm of the three neighbouring countries at Advent. Each of the QuattroPole cities has its own unique way of creating a magical atmosphere that will enchant children and adults alike.

Festivities in Luxembourg

Winterlights in Luxembourg - LCTO

Winterlights in Luxembourg - LCTO

Winterlights in Luxembourg - LCTO

Between 22 November 2019 and 6 January 2020 the Luxembourg Winterlights Festival comes to live, boasting several Christmas markets, many concerts and events that create a special atmosphere across the capital of the Grand Duchy. The Christmas markets in the city differ in size but visitors can sip on a glass of mulled wine and try local specialities such as “Gromperekichelcher” (potato fritters) or “Boxemännercher” (brioche buns shaped like little people) at all of them until the 24 December 2019. There is an extra-special treat at the “Waantermaart” (Winter Market) at Place de la Constitution, where visitors can take a ride on the big wheel and enjoy a panoramic view across the Petrusse Valley from a height of 32 metres. The traditional “Chrëschtmaart” (Christmas Market) at Place d’Armes is a quick five-minute walk away. Its fairy-tale atmosphere will enchant locals and tourists alike. Furthermore, there are “Niklosmaart” at Place de Paris and “Solidaritéitsmaart” at Place du Puits-Rouge. Shops in the city will remain open on Sundays for the duration of the Winterlights Festival.

For further information: winterlights.vdl.lu

Advent in Metz

Christmas market in Metz - Jean-Claude Verhaegen / QuattroPole

Christmas market in Metz - Jean-Claude Verhaegen / QuattroPole

Christmas market in Metz - Jean-Claude Verhaegen / QuattroPole

Between 20 November and 29 December 2019, the scent of mulled wine, cinnamon and pine trees will fill the air in the streets of this vibrant city. This is where the Lorraine Region’s biggest Christmas market will take place; visitors are invited to experience the magic of the Advent period across eight squares in the old town. The Christmas lights beautifully accentuate the spectacular architectural heritage on display. Traditional craftsmanship is showcased across endless stalls and stands at Place St. Louis and Place St. Jacques. At Place d’Armes, the whole family can enjoy an incredible view of the cathedral and the rest of the city from the top of the big wheel at a height of 60 metres. And fun seekers can skate around the outdoor ice rink. The shops in the city centre will remain open every Sunday during the Advent period, their decorations adding a touch of festive cheer.

For further information: www.noelmetz.com

40th Christmas market in Trier

Christmas market in Trier - Werner Hardt

Christmas market in Trier - Werner Hardt

Christmas market in Trier - Werner Hardt

Between 22 November and 22 December 2019, Trier will make the run up to Christmas Eve even more magical, capturing the hearts of visitors with its magical atmosphere. Against the stunning backdrop of Trier Cathedral, beautifully decorated stands at the medieval main market are the perfect place for a relaxing stroll. Christmas treats, including wooden toys, festive jewellery and so much more, are for sale in the little wooden huts. Bratwurst sausages, potato fritters, hot tea and traditional local mulled wine are all on the menu. Singers, choirs and brass bands are on hand to create the soundtrack from the main stage. Younger visitors will also be entertained by puppets and Nikolaus in Germany’s oldest city. This edition marks the 7th year that people will vote to crown Germany’s only “Glühweinkönigin” (Mulled Wine Queen) at the Christmas market in Trier.

For further information: www.trierer-weihnachtsmarkt.de

Saarbrücken

Christkindlmarkt Saarbrücken - Tom Gundelwein

Christkindlmarkt Saarbrücken - Tom Gundelwein

Christkindlmarkt Saarbrücken - Tom Gundelwein

Saarbrücken is home to one of the biggest and most traditional Christmas markets in south-west Germany. Once again this year, the Alt-Saarbrücker Weihnachtsmarkt (Old Saarbrücken Christmas Market) is being held at the historical castle on the first weekend in Advent (30 November and 1 December 2019). Visitors can look forward to more than 200 stalls offering delicious food and delightful crafts in the historical alleys around the castle hill in Saarbrücken.

The large Christmas market will be set up in the centre from 25 November to 23 December, boasting plenty of unique stands for visitors taking a leisurely stroll through the city. The two-storey mountain lodge, the belfry housing a built-in carillon and the life-size Christmas figures are just a few of the highlights. The “flying Santa Claus” floating above the market with his sleigh and Christmas angels, telling the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a sight to behold. The wooden pyramid in front of the Europagalerie shopping centre on Rue Culinaire is another main attraction, measuring nine metres in height. There is a very special annual tradition here: In late November, children are invited to hand in their shoes so they can be filled up by Nikolaus, with the support from shops and companies in Saarbrücken. The children can then be reunited with their full footwear in December, when they will need to look for them in the windows of participating shops.

For further information: saarbruecker-christkindl-markt.de

Alt-Saarbrücker Weihnachtsmarkt - Tom Gundelwein

Alt-Saarbrücker Weihnachtsmarkt - Tom Gundelwein

Alt-Saarbrücker Weihnachtsmarkt - Tom Gundelwein