Concert Calendar & Events Guide
English language guide to concerts and events in Germany, with contact info for tickets and reservations.
Festivals of wine and beer, sausage and cheese, exhibitions, events, a what's happening and things to do in Germany and neighboring European countries.
German Christmas Market Roundup
There are many wonderful things to see and do in Germany around Christmas: Stroll through festively decorated streets and explore the Christmas markets with their seasonal music and choir singing. Listen to the sounds of bells and trumpeters and attend one of the many concerts from classical to gospel in the churches and on outdoor stages.
Germany's Christmas markets are unique. If you're tired of commercialism taking over the holiday period and would like to experience a real traditional Christmas Market you definitely want to consider heading to one - or more - of Germany's many Christmas markets where the traditional gift items on offer are often handcrafts of real quality.
In Germany's Christmas markets you can buy all kinds of Christmas merchandise and gifts, especially traditional things such as crib figurines, toys, wood carvings, marionettes, candles and lambskin slippers. Many are difficult to resist - as will be the glass of delicious mulled wine and many culinary specialties, both sweet and savory, that are very welcome on crisp winter days.
The ambience is further enhanced by the aromas of hot chestnuts, grilled sausages and other tasty snacks; the gingerbread biscuits known as Lebkuchen, marzipan figures and other sweets.
With so many Christmas markets throughout Germany the most difficult decision to make is where to go. The best solution is to sample at least two Christmas Markets, preferably in a city for some serious shopping and a small town or village if you are looking for something a little bit more romantic.
Most Christmas Markets start in the last week of November and run through to Christmas Eve or a day or two before. They are usually open every day from 10 a.m. to about 8 or 9 p.m.
Homburg Flea and Antiques Market
The biggest flea and antiques market in southwest Germany, Homburg Flea and Antiques Market takes place on the first Saturday of the month, in the area known as the Forum, in front of the Homburg Rathaus (town hall) and the Landratsamt.
The flea market is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on sale are all the regular things you'd expect to find as well as antiques and handcrafts.
Visitors to the flea market are asked to use parking places in the town center or on the edge of town, and not to park in the parking lots of Aldi or Hela which are only for the use of customers of the two stores.