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Picturesquely nestled into the wine hills, the Belvedere (pleasure palace) of Schloss Wackerbarth dresses up in festive lights for the Christmas season. © Schloss Wackerbarth
© Schloss Wackerbarth

Dresden Elbland: The sparkle of Christmas

An exciting, event-filled year is slowly coming to an end. It’s the perfect time to come to Dresden where you can relax and enjoy the last vestiges of 2017 in this beautiful baroque city. Or go out and discover the winter magic of the surrounding Saxon Elbland. Whether you visit one of the numerous Christmas markets in the state capital or go to one of the romantic markets in the surrounding countryside, you will soon be caught up in that magical spirit of Christmas.



  • The 583rd Striezelmarkt opens its doors on 29 November, turning the old Dresden into a magical place. Enjoy a mug of hot mulled wine and traditional Saxon culinary delights amidst the colourful bustle of a Saxon Christmas market. Germany’s oldest Christmas market has a lot of highlights to offer. Take, for example, the Stollenfest on 9 December, where the pastry that gave the market its name, the "Striezel" (a luscious cake-like, fruit bread), is celebrated with a parade and the presentation of a huge, impressive "Stollen". Or come to the Schwibbogenfest on the 3rd Advent Sunday with the world’s largest walk-in "Schwibbogen" (a decorative, arced candle holder that comes from the "Ore Mountains (Erzgebirge)" in Saxony). You want to see the beauty of a winter’s night, lit up by the magic sparkle of Christmas lights? Then the Lange Striezelnacht on 15 December is what you are looking for. Not only are the merchants and craftsmen open for business until 11 pm, you will also be sure to find lots of great special offers too.

  • In Dresden you will immediately feel how the Advent season and the spirit of Christmas permeate the whole city. Follow the romantic Christmas lights from Neustadt to the Historic Old Town and discover the different Christmas markets. From 30 November until 23 December the radiant Augustusmarkt lights up Hauptstraße. An enjoyable stroll past local products and tasty international treats leads you to the "Goldene Reiter" and on across the Augustus bridge to the torch-lit medieval market in Stallhof. From 25 November until 23 December you will find around 50 artisans and peddlers working with the tools, materials and in the clothing of the late middle ages. End your stroll at Neumarkt, where you will find the traditional Christmas market at the foot of the Frauenkirche. With the beautiful baroque church in the background, it is a charming place to view local craftsmanship and try traditional local culinary delights.

  • The magic sparkle of Christmas lights is not just found in the state capital. "Lichterglanz und Budenzauber" (roughly: shining lights and market magic) is the name of the Christmas market in Radebeul-Altkötzschenbroda that takes place during the first three Advent weekends. A real insider’s tip is the city of Meißen during the Christmas season when the late gothic city hall is transformed into a giant Advent calendar. Every day a new window in the calendar is opened and great prizes are raffled off. Merchants offer local products and many of the cities institutions have special events for you to enjoy. Just as traditional and no less cosy is the Canalettomarkt in Pirna. From 25 November until 30 December, this city on the Elbe River brings baroque Christmas magic to its beautifully illuminated market square.

  • Still looking for something to light up your New Year’s Eve? How about fireworks, viewed against the stylish backdrop of the Saxon wine hills? The Erlebnisweingut Schloss Wackerbarth invites you to join in their "Silvester im Reich der Sinne" (New Year’s Eve in the Kingdom of the Senses). Enjoy a champagne reception, an exquisite buffet and great musical delights. Let the highly popular moderator Silvio Zschage lead you through an unforgettable evening and into the New Year.