© Frank Burmester
© Frank Burmester

Hamburg Christmas Parades

A spectacle for the whole family

On all Saturdays in Advent, when Hamburg's Christmas markets are already in full swing, a Christmas parade winds its way through the city centre of Hamburg at 2.00 and 5.00 pm each day.

The parade starts every year at Saturn in Mönckebergstraße, then moves through the brightly lit Mönckebergstraße towards Jungfernstieg.

This year, the Hamburg Christmas Parade will take place on the following days:

02, 09, 16 and 23 December 2023.

The highlight of each parade is Father Christmas, who cheerfully waves to the crowd from his reindeer sleigh packed with presents. He is accompanied by magnificent floats, jolly elves, beautiful angels, ice princesses, star dancers and a brass band. Even the reindeer often make more than one appearance. On their way through the city centre, the parade participants sometimes perform elaborate choreographies for which it is definitely worth stopping and ignoring the Christmas stress for a moment.

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Pretzels, punch and bright lights Christmas markets

The Advent season in Hamburg wouldn’t be the same without the city’s charming Christmas markets. While they have been redesigned for this year’s season, the magic will still be there.

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The historic core of the Altstadt (German for Old Town) district is shaped by traditional buildings such as the Hamburg city hall and the chamber of commerce, the alleyways and bridges which stretch out all the way to the HafenCity district. In the Neustadt district district between Laeiszhalle and Jungfernstieg with elegant promenades, fashion stores and gallery owners – overlooking the Alster.

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