Christmas in Munich with kids

Munich Christmas Market

When you think about Christmas market in Munich, the one on Marienplatz immediately pops in your head. And rightly so, cause it’s the oldest one in Germany, spreading across 20,000 square meters, from Marienplatz to the tower of the old town hall (Altes Rathaus), its inner courtyard (Prunkhof), along Kaufingerstraße and Weinstraße to the so called “Sternenweg” at Sendlinger Straße. Having the 21 meter high Christmas tree, which is covered with 3000 lights, the traditional Bavarian Christmas market makes for an obvious choice. The smell of mulled wine (Glühwein) and curried sausage (Currywurst), the sweet taste of candied almonds (gebrannte Mandeln) and baked apples makes us fight with the crowd, trying to look around and see all the little trinkets being sold on the stalls all around. From chocolate to glass, you can find everything and most of the things are made in the shape of pretzel. But if you have kids then Christmas market in Munich looks a bit different.

Christmas in Munich with the family

Christmas in Munich

Christmas in Munich: Christkindlmarkt on Marienplatz

Christmas in Munich with kids isn’t hard, the city itself is very kid friendly and every season in the city brings something for kids also. You can walk away from the crowd on Marienplatz and hide in the hallway of the old town house while your kids enjoy little marionette theater there, or you can walk to the other side of Christkindlmarkt on Marienplatz and ice skate with your kids, then drink some hot chocolate and enjoy the view.
Be sure to watch for the Krampuslauf, cause that’s happening after St.Nicholas and it can be very terrifying for kids (and some adults).

Christmas in Munich

Christmas in Munich: Chinese tower

Or you can hop on the bus and go to the best one for kids, Christmas market at the base of the Chinese tower in the English garden, which is one of the largest public parks in the world. There’s a famous beer garden with great Bavarian food, and variety of kid friendly activities, including a curling rink, horse carriage rides, a traditional carousel and a treasure hunt for children. You can also leave your kids at the Santa Claus wooden workshop or to listen to a story in a cozy house of Grandma Claus all while you stay nearby, enjoying the warmth from the glühwein and small fire on every table.

Christmas in Munich

Christmas in Munich: Fairytale Bazaar

The second one we think you should visit with your kids is the the Fairytale Bazaar (Märchenbazar). Its alternative and hip, full of young families, with activities for kids. This year you can make soap or candles with your kids and the lovely staff. Food is nontraditional, like vegan kebabs, falafel, banana bread and special made drinks. You can buy organic socks, t-shirts, vegan leather wallets and other refined gifts for your loved ones. Munich with children is easier with this cool, artsy Christmas market.

Christmas in Munich

Christmas in Munich: Haidhausen on Weissenburger Platz

The last one we recommend you visit with your kids is the small cozy one, Haidhausen Christmas market on Weissenburger Platz. If you love small, cozy and local Munich Xmas markets then this is the best one. With 50 stalls, lights all around, the special view at the fountain at the Weissenburger Platz with the event that children love: the Haidhauser Lichternacht – a torchlight procession that takes place every Friday. So, there you have it, every Christmas market in Munich gives a lot, for adults and kids, you can choose from artsy big ones, like Tollwood, or small and cozy like Neuhausen Christmas Market (Neuhauser Weihnachtsmarkt), but be sure to have fun, enjoy yourself and come again next year.

You can explore all the Christmas markets easily with your family by staying at one of our central hotels in Munich.

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