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Holiday Cheer in Hamburg

During the Christmas season, Hamburg is filled with magnificent Christmas lights and decorations that spread cheer throughout the city. Germany’s second largest city knows how to celebrate the Holidays and, never shy, Hamburg’s legendary nightlife also parties with Santa Claus.

 

HISTORIC CHRISTMAS MARKET AT CITY HALL SQUARE (23 NOV -23 DEC 2017)

Hamburg’s renowned Christmas Market at the magnificent City Hall square attracts annually about three million visitors. More than 100 vendors in their decorative huts offer everything from traditional Christmas ornaments to delicious sweets and ginger bread served with a mug of hot spiced “Gluehwein” (mulled wine or cinnamon apple cider).

 

ONLY IN HAMBURG – SANTA CLAUS’ NAUGHTY SECRETS (27 NOV – 23 DEC 2017)

Germany’s most frivolous Christmas Market honors Mr. Claus’ secret mistress or “Santa Pauli” and is for “Adults Only”. Traditional Holiday spirit mixes with a lot of jolly season fun for mature audiences in Hamburg’s St. Pauli district – once Europe’s largest red-light district. This is one big fantasy party with daring live shows performed on two stages and blond angels dancing around a very different type of North Pole in the nearby strip tent. Visitors may discover hard to find Holiday gifts such as “sensual nutcrackers” and, as a memorable souvenir, can have their private parts pierced.

A visit to “Santa Pauli” may not only be Santa Claus’ naughty secret…

 

SANTA CLAUS ON THE WATER (02-03 DECEMBER)

Ocean liners and shipyards have always played a major role in Hamburg’s daily life and history. So, it does not come as a surprise that Santa Claus travels every year from the North Pole to Hamburg by boat. Santa’s elves are also on board and they are busy making toys for all the kids waiting impatiently for his arrival. After a long voyage, Santa and his crew dock at the historic harbor area on every first Saturday in December spending the week-end sharing Christmas stories and surprising the children with small gifts. Weather permitting: Santa in his red coat may also take a dive into the cold water.

The annual “Nikolausmarkt on the Water” is a fun and engaging Christmas spectacle for the entire family.