Christmas market and Schlachte magic
21 Nov to 23 Dec 2016, Market square and Schlachte Embankment
Christmas is in the air on the banks of the River Weser. Boats glisten as they catch the festive blue lights from the harbour. The wintry air is filled with the warming aroma of smoked fish and freshly baked bread.
From 24 November until 23 December 2016, the promenade along the river is transformed into Schlachte "magic", a festive treat offering historical, seasonal and maritime attractions. Walking past the fortifications of towers and imposing wooden palisades, visitors will feel as if they have stepped back in time to the Middle Ages. Crafts-men, market sellers, jugglers and street entertainers all add to the atmosphere, recreating a bygone era when the cog ships would return from afar to the Hanseatic port of Bremen laden with valuable cargo.
In the run-up to Christmas, the city centre around the town hall and the Roland statue, a UNESCO world heritage site, is transformed into an atmospheric Christmas market with more than 170 festively decorated stalls. It is regarded as one of Germany's finest Christmas markets. The historical setting, the lovingly adorned stalls and the romantic Christmas lights create a special ambience that enchants more and more visitors every year.
daily 10am-8.30pm, saturday til 10 pm, sundays from 11am
daily 11am-8.30pm, saturday til 10 pm, saturdays until 10pm
21 Nov, 4 pm
St. Peter's Cathedral
Music and devotion for the opening of the Christmas market
21 Nov, 6 pm
"Schlachte" promenade, Teerhofbrücke bridge
Opening ceremony and fireworks for the "Schlachte-Zauber" market