Christmas entertainment and Winterlights

  • 22/Nov/2024
  • Luxembourg
Christmas and Advent markets in Luxembourg
Christmas and Advent markets in Luxembourg

Event description

Luxembourg is famous for its charming and festive Christmas and Advent markets. During this period, which runs from late November to early January, locals and visitors alike can enjoy the festive spirit.

Advent markets in Luxembourg

This winter, Luxembourg's towns and villages are decked out in festive garb. The streets are lit up with decorations. Despite the cold and often snowy weather, the whole country is celebrating. The population multiplies the opportunities for outings and exchanges. It's a very festive time of year. It's one of our favorites in Luxembourg.

The communes or "Gemeng" organize the famous Christmas or Advent markets. There's plenty of entertainment on offer. From the end of November onwards, the Christmas markets or "Chrëschtmaart" take up their quarters for a month of festivities.

The traditional wooden chalets of Luxembourg's Christmas markets

Christmas markets are set up in the most important squares of towns and villages. Many small, traditional wooden chalets appear for the occasion. Each market has its own special atmosphere, with music, lights and entertainment. You can admire the decorations and other lights typical of Christmas .

The typical little chalets offer a wide range of handicrafts. These can make great little Christmas gifts, representative of the region.

The whole population looks forward to these typical, gourmet Advent markets. They help to give the country a warm, festive atmosphere at this time of year.

Luxembourg residents take advantage of the opportunity to get together with family and friends. Every year, they spend a festive and convivial time together, forgetting the cold and gloom.

Tasting traditional Luxembourg dishes at Advent markets

As soon as they open, the locals flock to these markets. Noon or evening, everyone enjoys the food and drink stalls typical of this time of year.

Visitors to traditional Advent markets can sample traditional Luxembourg dishes such as Gromperkichelcher, Spätzle and Grillwurst, ...

Glühwein (mulled wine) or hot apple juice for children accompany the tasting.

Winterlights in Luxembourg City

Festive spirit in Luxembourg's capital

During the end-of-year period, Luxembourg's capital lights up with a host of decorations. Stores open their doors every Sunday afternoon. What could be better than strolling along decorated streets, past stores with their shimmering windows?

Discover or rediscover Luxembourg in a whole new light, dressed up in its Winterlights animation. 

Feeling a bit tired? Take the opportunity to visit the stores for a little gourmet and convivial break between 2 stores. Even kids love Christmas shopping! You'll have plenty of time to do your Christmas shopping.

Here too, Christmas markets or "Chrëschtmaart" offer concerts, carousels, food stalls and other entertainment for children and adults alike.

It's a chance to buy unique gifts and indulge in delicious treats at friendly local markets.

Where to find Advent Markets in Luxembourg?

Lëtzebuerger Chrëschtmaart on the Place d'Armes

The traditional Christmas Market is located on the Place d'Armes in Luxembourg's Upper Town. The "Lëtzebuerger Chrëschtmaart" features some thirty chalets. It's one of Luxembourg's most popular Christmas markets.

The Place d'Armes is transformed into a winter wonderland, adorned with twinkling lights and decorations on the square's tall trees. A large fir tree and a giant nativity scene decorate the square. You'll find handicrafts, Christmas decorations and Luxembourg culinary specialties.

Visitors can browse a variety of stalls selling arts and crafts, local produce, jewelry and Christmas decorations. All the magic of Christmas is present with musical entertainment.

This market is certainly our favorite, with music from the bandstand that dominates the square opposite Cercle Cité.

Wantermaart on Constitution Square

The other big market is the "Wantermaart" winter market on Constitution Square. Some forty wooden chalets gather every year under the Gelle Frä statue on Constitution Square .

There are also food stalls. Rides and a Ferris wheel with a view over the city also delight young and old alike.

Niklosmaart on the Place de Paris

The traditional "Niklosmaart" St Nicholas market in the Gare district is back on the Place de Paris. A decorated Christmas tree and live music will give the square a festive atmosphere. The Saint-Nicolas awaits children in his house.

Winterkids on the Place Guillaume II

Winterkids" returns to the Place Guillaume II this year. This Christmas market is specially dedicated to children. Numerous activities and workshops await your children to delight them.

This market will only operate at the following times, from December 8 to 30

  • Wednesday to Friday: 5pm to 8pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 3pm to 6pm

Wanterpark and heated ice rink at Kinnekswiss

And of course, the long-awaited 800 m² heated ice rink will return to Wanterpark. Also present at the Kinnekswiss in the Parc Municipal will be its gastronomic village.

More information and the full program of upcoming events on the City of Luxembourg's dedicated website.

Energy savings for Christmas lights in Luxembourg

This year, the Christmas markets will return in their traditional form, but with energy-saving LED lighting. 

It's true that LED lighting consumes less energy. They can save up to 30% energy. We encourage you to use LED decorations in your home too.

Nevertheless, the spirit will still be festive. Luxembourg City is expecting even more visitors. There were 1.2 million of us at the 2022 Christmas markets. Will the record be broken this year?

Other remarkable Christmas markets in Luxembourg

Esch-sur-Alzette, Escher Krëschtmoart

Another remarkable Christmas market is located in the picturesque town of Esch-sur-Alzette. The market usually takes place around the Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, creating a magical atmosphere thanks to its festive ambience. Visitors can find a whole range of food stalls offering traditional Luxembourg specialities, as well as craft and gift stalls.

The town of Esch-sur-Alzette welcomes visitors to its Advent Market from November 17 to December 22. Entertainment and concerts are scheduled from Sunday to Thursday from 12pm to 8pm, and on Fridays and Saturdays from 12pm to 10pm.

Medieval Christmas in Dudelange

On the Place de l'Hôtel de Ville in Dudelange, some forty small chalets gather every year in an atmosphere worthy of medieval times. The event kicks off on November 25. Crafts, drinks and typical dishes, entertainment and shows will be on offer: tavern, campfire, storyteller, ...

The medieval market will take place on the Place Frantz-Kinnen around an antique carousel and a campfire.

Every day, an attractive program is put together to give this traditional Christmas market a touch of old-fashioned originality among the exhibitors.

Differdange, Luxembourg's oldest Christmas market

Differdange also has its own Christmas market, with around thirty chalets open from December 1 to 21. Differdange has had its own Christmas market since 1977. It is the oldest Christmas market in Luxembourg.

You'll find decorative objects and handicrafts, as well as culinary specialities to enjoy with "Glühwein".

Don't miss the curling, the carousel and the Saint Nicholas parade.

Christian Christmas traditions

Luxembourg is a country with a strong Christian tradition. Christmas is an important event not only for Christians, but for the country as a whole. It's a time of great festivity and joy in Luxembourg.

During the festive season, churches and parishes in Luxembourg offer religious celebrations to mark the birth of the Christ Child.

Families get ready to celebrate with tasty meals on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, December 25. Children look forward to the arrival of Saint Nicholas, who brings presents to well-behaved children.

Depending on the culture, it's also the Three Wise Men who bring gifts to children. The Three Wise Men are celebrated on January 6.

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