© Juergen Sack | iStock
© Juergen Sack | iStock

Holy Hamburg

Discover the faces of Christmas

Christmas will soon be upon us: appropriately, our city has put its Christmas finery on to demonstrate its most festive side during the Advent period. This year, we sallied forth to take a closer look at Hamburg’s festive backdrop together with its little helpers.

Season's Greetings in the port of Hamburg

What a wonderful tradition in the port of Hamburg: Every year Santa himself delivers Christmas trees aboard the ships from all over the world that are anchored in Hamburg. According to the spirit of Christmas, we try to spread a bit of coziness and a sense of home to the seafarers on board. Doesn’t that literally open your heart?

Christmas Characters

Which one are you? Find out and get tips for your perfect Christmas time.

Christmas Carol

During Advent, traditional Christmas songs such as “Silent Night, Holy Night” resound day in, day out over a host of Christmas markets. We couldn’t help asking ourselves: What would the song sound like if it was sung in a different language? The Hanseatic city, after all, is a multicultural metropolitan region. So we headed for the Christmas markets to record a song from Hamburg for the world, resulting in a contemplative holy Hamburg Christmas carol.

Christmas Season

Here you can find all information about Christmas in Hamburg

Christmas Stories

In the Advent period, the Hanseatic city transforms itself into a fairytale wonderland: The christmas markets open their gates, and the prevailing mood is a pleasantly contemplative one in the surrounding shops, cafés, bars and restaurants. We took a look behind the scenes and met the people who have devised special highlights in the city specifically for Advent. Come with us on a brief walkabout to the places that give the city of Hamburg its festive garb!


Starting with the decision-makers and planners and the poets and thinkers who are behind the fairytale winter landscape that extends throughout the Hanseatic city, we have accompanied people who invest a great deal of time, love and energy for weeks on end as they construct the traditional Christmas markets. After all, you can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs – our film documents this formation process.


Holy Hamburg 2017

Enjoy the very special atmosphere in the run-up to Christmas between the Elbe and Alster, at historical churches and dreamy canals, bustling squares and romantic spots in the Hanseatic City. You can look forward to delicacies, beautiful lights, art handicrafts, Christmas music and a sociable atmosphere. Hamburg will be celebrating Advent with many gorgeous Christmas markets for every taste and every mood – and hopefully with you!

Get an overview with our christmas brochure!


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