Christmas Market in Mainz since 1788
24th of November to 23rd of December 2016
Mainz Christmas Fair daily during Advent on the cathedral squares
The historic market square in Mainz is a blaze of lights. The air is scented with a Christmassy mixture of roast almonds, gingerbread, hot chestnuts and mulled wine. Large and small visitors gladly let themselves be enchanted by this pre-Christmas atmosphere. On a stroll through Mainz Christmas Fair, the stress and hectic pace of everyday life are quickly forgotten.
Against the imposing back-drop of the over thousand year old Cathedral of St. Martin, showmen and craftsmen offer Christmas specialities and original presents. Visitors saunter leisurely past festively decorated stands, collecting many suggestions for fine Christmas presents in passing. Home-made Advent garlands and straw stars, Christmas tree decorations, wooden toys, carvings, ceramics, candles and much more are on offer.
Sunday to Thursday 11.00 - 20.30
Friday & Saturday 11.00 - 21.00
A particularly vivid representation of the Christmas story is the hand-carved crib which has been standing in front of the Romanesque St. Gotthard's chapel next to the cathedral since 1981. The life-sized figures made of limewood are unique in Europe and do not just impress children.
Also made of wood, but much larger still, is the eleven metre (36') high Christmas pyramid from the Ore Mountains in eastern Germany. Apart from the typical figures, such as an angel and Santa Claus, figures from the history of the city of Mainz are also represented. Thus Gutenberg and the Roman commander Drusus also go round in the circle here. You cannot overlook the pyramid, it stands directly at the centre of Höfchen square.
One stand is specially reserved for handicrafts at the Christmas Fair. Here you can experience the creation of your Christmas present “live” and look over the shoulder of the artist-craftsmen and craftswomen at work. Perhaps, in the course of this, you will also be stimulated in one way or the other to become creative yourself. In the second week in Advent, the Mainz Artists' Advent Fair is also held traditionally in the foyer of the City Hall.
Concerts are held every weekend in Advent on the stage in front of the crib. Trumpets, trombones and choirs singing set the mood for the festive season with Christmas pieces. Under the motto, “Music in Advent”, various choirs and music groups offer a diverse range of music. A summary of the programme is available as from November at all advance ticket offices in Mainz and from the tourist office, Touristik Centrale Mainz, in Brückenturm opposite the City Hall.
If you visit Mainz Christmas Fair, you combine it with a shopping expedition in a festive atmosphere and experience the centre of Mainz in a blaze of light. Also enjoy a stroll through the romantic old city with its historic half-timbered facades bathed in festive light.
In the interest of the environment please use public transport for travel to the Mainz Christmas Fair. The Christmas Fair can be reached by almost all MVG - Mainz Transport Company - routes. The bus stops Höfchen, Rheingoldhalle/Rathaus and Fischtor are located directly in the vicinity of the Fair area. You will find details of the bus services under www.mvg-mainz.de or by phone under +49 (0)6131/12 77 77.
If it should not be possible for you to take a bus, please drive directly to one of the car parks located nearby at Brand, Rathaus, Kaufhof or Karstadt. You can reach the Christmas Fair, just a few yards away, through the festively decorated city centre.
Parking for buses:
A boarding point for buses with a capacity for a short stop of up to twelve buses is provided in the vicinity of the Christmas Fair in the Rheinstraße street a few meters from the Rheingoldhalle and the Hilton Hotel. Further information for bus drivers is available at the Touristik Centrale Mainz.
Tourist Service Center Mainz
Tel. +49 (0)6131/242-888
Fax +49 (0)6131/242-889
All Photos with kind permission © Landeshauptstadt Mainz