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The traditional or the kinky? Christmas Markets in Hamburg, Germany

Ah, Christmas markets. Lovely decorations everywhere, nostalgic music playing in the background – and a valid excuse to walk around snacking and drinking punch in the middle of the day. If there’s a country that knows how to do Christmas markets properly, it’s Germany. Lucky as I am, I already went to (some of) the ones in Hamburg last weekend and early this week. And believe me – there’s a market for every taste. There’s one for those who love fun fairs, plenty for those who like to keep it more traditional and there’s even a steamy one for the kinky crowd!

Winter Dom is an annual fun fair (there’s actually a Spring Dom and a Summer Dom too) – and the biggest one in Northern Germany. My partner and I, kind of found it by coincidence while on our way to the “Santa Pauli” market – and I’m glad we did. We had just eaten a large meal so riding roller coasters and other fast rides was not very tempting, nor did we want to buy anything to snack on (yet), but the Winter Dom is definitely the place to be for the thrill-seekers who love roller coasters (yes, one of them has multiple loops). You can also go ice skating or visit a haunted house or ride the ferris wheel. All I wanted was to take in all the sights and stroll along, hand in hand with my significant other. I couldn’t stop smiling. The nostalgia, the Christmas magic – I needed this.

Dates: 04.11.16 – 04.12.16

Where: Heiligengeistfeld, St. Pauli (U3 subway to St. Pauli or Feldstrasse

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Santa Pauli – we wish you a kinky Christmas? Welcome to the sexiest Christmas market in Germany, located on the Reeperbahn – the city’s red light district. This one’s is for those who want to buy a special gift for their special someone and keep it their special little secret. Or maybe you don’t want to be secretive about it. I’m not gonna judge. Would you like a striptease? Enter Santa Pauli’s strip tent. If you want to avoid all of that but still want to hang out at the market, then don’t worry. There are plenty of regular Christmas shops and places to grab a drink or something to eat there too.

Dates: 17.11.16 – 23.12.16

Where: Spielbudenplatz (U3 subway to St. Pauli)

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On almost every corner between St Pauli and Rathaus, there’s a small Christmas market where you can buy yourself a snack or a hot beverage. I went with apple and cinnamon punch and chocolate covered marshmallow cookies (photo below).

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Historic Christmas market on Rathausmarkt opened on Monday – and of course we were there to check it out! This market was my favorite one in Hamburg. The perfect place to go shopping for traditional Christmas ornaments and decorations and a great place to spend time with your friends, family or your partner. Have a drink or five, enjoy a nice warm meal or a sweet treat and enjoy the celebration of this wonderful holiday. Thank you Hamburg, thank you for this joyful experience!

Dates: 21.11.16 – 23.12.16

Where: Rathausmarkt (U3 subway to Rathaus)

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25 comments on “The traditional or the kinky? Christmas Markets in Hamburg, Germany

  1. I love love love Hamburg! It’s my favourite city in Germany and I just can’t visit often enough 🙂 My favourite Christmas market is the one at the Alster lake, right opposite of the one at Rathausmarkt. Not sure if it’s open yet but I just love all the Christmas light’s reflections in the water!

  2. I loved Hamburg in the summer so I may have to make my way up there for the kinky Christmas market 😉

  3. Interesting perspective, and beautiful photos! I would love to visit Hamburg, and explore more of Germany in general 🙂

  4. fulltimecanada

    Visiting all of these markets looks like a lot of fun. Especially the Santa Pauli market haha. So interesting….

  5. Well, that was an unexpected post!I must say, however intriguing the kinkier markets are, I would probably just stick to the more traditional ones and not so much because I’m a prude, it just seems as though Christmas should be the most asexual time of year! Anyway, really fun post, chocolate penises and all

    • haha, Germans know how to pull it off. I doubt you’ll ever find a kinky Christmas market here in France or back home in Norway. It was an interesting experience, for sure!

  6. Well, Santa Pauli’s christmas market is pretty interesting isn’t it?! 😀 anyway you wrote many helpful information about popular christmas markets in Germany. Many friends of mine have been living there for more than 10 years and they invited me every year! What are I waiting for?! thanks for sharing, 😀

  7. Your pics of the market are mindblowing. This year, I have read a lot of posts around Christmas markets and I must say each one seems to be fabulous in its own way and makes me want to more and more experience one in person

  8. Ha ha I thought you were joking or using the word kinky in a different way since I couldn’t see how there could possibly be a kinky Christmas Market. What a strange Christmas Market and not for prudes. Christmas markets are always entertaining but this is the next level. Strip tent? Haha.

  9. I absolutely loved your pictures. You said very aptly that Christmas markets in Saint Pauli, Germany is so sexy! 100% agreed. I haven’t experienced visiting Germany yet and your post makes me plan my travel in next Christmas 🙂

  10. I have yet to visit the Christmas Markets of Hamburg, but they’re definitely on my list now! Thanks for this post 🙂

  11. I’ve always wanted to go to Hamburg and since I love Christmas markets and these look beautiful I’d love to go right now hahah

  12. Who knew that there were themed Christmas markets?! I love the idea of rollercoasters and funfair rides but I dont think Id risk it after eating and drinking my weight in food from the cabins!

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