The Magic of Christmas in Mannheim

© Stadtmarketing Mannheim GmbH, Ben van Skyhawk

Every year, a special atmosphere spreads through Mannheim when the whole city glitters with lights and the air is filled with the scent of roasted almonds, gingerbread and mulled wine. Three wonderful Christmas markets enchant the city. In addition, the many shops in the lively city centre make it easy to find presents. And at the end of a busy day, you can spend some time quietly unwinding in Mannheim’s museums and theatres – the cultural programme is full to bursting, complete with Christmas shows!

MANNHEIM CHRISTMAS MARKET AT THE WATER TOWER

The traditional Christmas market at the water tower is one of the oldest of its kind in Germany. The surrounding Art Nouveau ensemble, comprising the Friedrichsplatz and the water tower, forms an impressive backdrop for the more than 200 festively decorated huts. Here you can find everything your heart desires, from traditional Christmas decorations to cosy woollen garments and special spices – and there is always plenty of good food and drink to be enjoyed.

Two special highlights of the Christmas market around the water tower are the approximately 18-metre-high Christmas pyramid with a café on the first floor and the historic children’s carousel with its fairground organ. With a warming mulled wine in your hand and Christmas music ringing in your ears, the spirit of Advent is guaranteed to brighten your day. What’s more, from 6 p.m. every day there is an atmospheric stage programme with dancing, singing and theatre.

© Stadtmarketing Mannheim GmbH, Ben van Skyhawk

The Mannheim Christmas market at the water tower is famous far beyond the city limits and attracts visitors from near and far to the city of squares. If you’re coming by car, there is an underground car park directly below Friedrichsplatz. However, due to the large number of visitors, it is not always possible to park here. If you don’t want to spend time hunting for a parking space, you can easily get there by public transport. There are three tram stops and one bus stop in the immediate vicinity of the water tower. Alternatively, it’s just a 10-minute stroll to the water tower from the main railway station.

When: 25 November – 23 December 2019
Opening hours: daily from 11:00 to 21:00
Admission: free

CHRISTMAS MARKET ON THE KAPUZINERPLANKEN

Not far from the water tower, you’ll find the Christmas market on the Kapuzinerplanken. In an array of snow-white tents, it showcases traditional craftsmanship, unusual works of art and original gift ideas. Many of the roughly 80 exhibitors produce their products themselves. It’s well worth stopping by more frequently, because the exhibitors change every week. You will also find plenty to eat and drink, because the Christmas market on the Kapuzinerplanken is famous for its culinary temptations – it is also rumoured that this market offers the best “Feuerzangenbowle” (hot rum punch) in Mannheim.

If you are travelling by car, there are several multi-storey car parks in the immediate vicinity. The “Strohmarkt” tram stop is also only a few metres from the Kapuzinerplanken.

When: 25 November – 23 December 2019
Opening hours: daily from 11:00 to 21:00
Admission: free

MANNHEIM FAIRY TALE FOREST

Younger fans of Christmas are well catered for in Mannheim too. Right in the heart of the city centre, Paradeplatz is transformed into a fairy tale forest with traditional figures from various fairy tales and eras. Lovingly designed fairy tale houses and stalls, as well as a varied stage programme and walking acts, are guaranteed to put a smile on the faces of visitors young and old.

During the weekends, the singing Santa Claus performs with a real reindeer, King Reinhold and his queen visit the fairy tale forest, and Danny & Friends thrill audiences with their fire show. Alongside Anne, Elsa and Olaf, there are plenty of other Disney highlights to enjoy at the Christmas music show.

When: 25 November – 28 December 2019
Opening hours: daily from 11:00 to 21:00
Admission: free

Cultural Programme

Experience cultural highlights with a festive flair on Mannheim's stages or discover intriguing exhibitions in Mannheim's museums. Have a look at our selection below or find all events in our event calendar.

Shopping

If it’s too cold for you outside, Mannheim’s many shops will be waiting for you with all kinds of special gift ideas. The pedestrian zone of the “Planken” is home to all sorts of shops, and you’ll have no problem finding the perfect gifts.

Parallel to the Planken, the famous “Fressgasse” (eating street) and Kunststraße run to the left and right. Here you can find individual gifts, unique items and niche products including cool stationery, culinary delights, accessories, furniture and much more. A true paradise for browsing and shopping.

Away from the main pedestrian areas, there are dozens of small and large shops, boutiques and specialist retail outlets to discover around Mannheim’s squares. This is where to look for everything from exclusive fashion, interior design, delicacies and tableware to antiques, art and anything outside the mainstream.

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