Christmas times, christmas markets in Cologne

You might find that generally a lot of things in Germany are very different to your homecountry:

  • Most shops close around 8pm. On Saturdays sometimes earlier. On Sundays pretty much everything is closed but a few little corner stores here and ther.


You are here to celebrate the Christmas days?

Keeping in mind:

  • Christmas markets close on the 23rd of December. Some markets (see below) remain as winter markets but are not open on 24th and 25th, some might open on 26th. 
  • All shops are opened until the 24th but they might close earlier (around lunch time). If the 24th is a Sunday, then all shops close by the 23rd.
  • If you want to eat out in a restaurant during those christmas days (24-26th of December), always book well in advance. Only a handful of restaurants might be open.

To sum it up: if you are in Germany around the holidays, do make sure you plan and shop for everything well in advance: all the food you need, all presents etc. Do not count on any establishment to be open.


You can attend different messes in the different churches. On christmas eve (24th) it is popular to go to late night (midnight) messes. There are family messes earlier available. Check out the churches schedules. There might be several a day too.


You are here to enjoy the Christmas markets in the weeks before Christmas

The christmas markets open around 4 weeks in advance of Christmas (mostly around the 20th/21st of November, but this changes. Always check, never assume ;).

There are the big ones in the inner city. Some of them are listed here.

The markes at Cologne Cathedal might be the most expensive, but also oozes atmosphere.

Our favourite surely is the one on Alter Markt and the one on Heumarkt, the Winter Fairytale Market, where we go with our kids each year. It even has an ice rink. One of our other corners is the Advent Village (Am Hof, 50667 Koeln), because it is much calmer. It is situated below the Cologne Cathedral christmas market, right next to the section of the old Roman road.Here you can drink some mulled wine and if you want: try the German speciality Feuerzangenbowle (essentialy a mug of Gluehwein which is topped with a little sugar cone and rum. The sugar is then lighted and drops into the Wine - boozily delicious!). 


It has increasingly become popular to have little christmas markets popup in Cologne. In 2023 there were six alternative little markets only in Ehrenfeld (our quarter). Iif you want feel more like a local, try the one at Herbrands - providing mainly local producers the opportunity to sell (around the corner from our house M94). Also at Buhmanns there is a very small market that attracts the hipper crowd. People love the the hipp-alternative Market at Stadtgarten (very close to DaHeim V56).


Christmas markets become winter markets post christmas

It is a German thing: christmas markets change their names to winter markets post christmas.

And it is becoming increasingly popular to stroll one of these markets during the days after christmas well until the beginning of January. Often with considerably less crowds associated as before christmas.

  • the Winter fairytale market at Heumarkt,
  • the harbour market at the chocolate museum
  • the little advent village mentioned above
  • if you have a car or willing to travel by public transport: Phantasialand (about half an hour from Cologne) provides a winter dream version of their amusement park. check out Instagram for reduced tickets in the weeks/months ahead. 

All those are good options for strolling in the day or evenings.


There are special ceremonies around the 6th of January (day of the Three Wise men) in the cathedral as the shrine can be found there which might be an interesting experience!





Your Homes away from home

Your "Homes" in Cologne (German: DaHeim) are centrally located in the trendy neighbourhood of Cologne-Ehrenfeld. You can chose between a single family home (1-9 persons) and an appartment (1-9 persons).

Vacation house - DaHeim M94.

Vacation appartment - DaHeim V56.

- What to see & do in Cologne and Ehrenfeld

DaHeim auf Platz 3&4

Unser DaHeim M94 gehört zu einer von 11 Kuriositäten in Köln, die gelistet werden und auch noch auf Platz 4 für einen denkwürdigen ersten Kuss in Köln!

The Great Escape

DER Escape-Room in Köln

Ein großartiger Escape Raum in unmittelbarer Nähe zu unserem Ferienhaus DaHeim M94. DER Rätsel- & Freizeitspaß - Hinweise finden, Rätsel lösen. Mehr.