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Bonn Christmas Market 2023: Atmospheric city of stalls

For 29 days, the 2023 Christmas market will once again transform Bonn's city center into an atmospheric city of stalls. The popular market with its tried-and-tested mix of arts and crafts and culinary offerings starts on Friday, November 24 and ends on Saturday, December 23. It is open daily with the exception of the Sunday of the Dead, November 26.

The Bonn Christmas market - here a photo of Münsterplatz - begins on November 24.

The range of goods on offer at the market, which is traditionally organized by the city of Bonn, focuses on arts and crafts and Christmas products. Many craftspeople can be seen at work. The culinary offerings are also varied as usual with numerous sweet and savory Christmas and fairground classics. A range of organic food is also on offer. 

The 160 or so vendors include many well-known stalls that are popular with visitors. The two "eye-catchers" from last year will also be there again: the 14-metre high, two-storey horse-drawn carousel "The grand Carousel" and the drinks bar "Der Bonner Weihnachtsbaum", which is located on the "first floor" of a 25-metre high, illuminated artificial fir tree.

Among the products on offer at the market for the first time or after a long break are handmade cutlery (including blade sharpening at the stand), children's clothing made from certified organic fabrics, natural rape cushions and Belgian praline specialties. 

The goods on offer at the Bonn Christmas market are mainly delivered regionally and the supply chains are bundled. This significantly shortens delivery routes and several stalls and stands are supplied by the same shipment. Snack and bar businesses mainly use reusable tableware. Where this is not possible, biodegradable cardboard trays, wooden trays and cutlery made from corn starch or wood are used. Plastic bags are largely avoided for "take-away products" such as sweets or almonds; paper bags or transparent bags made from corn starch are used here. The stand operators also use energy-saving LED technology. 

Contact points of the police and the municipal police service

Once again this year, the police and the city security service will work together to ensure maximum security at the Christmas market. Uniformed foot patrols will be out and about in the city center for the duration of the market. The police mobile, the "Christmas Market Guard", will once again be stationed next to the main portal of Bonn Minster Church, and the police officers will be available to citizens at all times.

To provide better protection against pickpockets, tricksters and other criminals who are known to mingle with people, the police will use their video surveillance system at busy entrances to the Christmas market and at particularly crime-relevant times, as they did last year.

There will once again be a contact point for the city security service in Vivatsgasse under the "Kleiner Hain", where colleagues will be present at times. In addition, a private security service will carry out patrols on the Christmas market site during the night and at the same time provide a fire safety watch.

Information at a glance


Friday, November 24, until saturday, December 23. bis einschließlich Samstag, 23. Dezember 2023. The Christmas Market will be closed on the Sunday of the Dead, November 26.

Opening hours

  • Sale of handicrafts and Christmas items:
    daily from 11 am to 9 pm.
  • Food and drinks:
    Sunday to Thursday: 11 am to 9:30 pm,
    Friday and Saturday: 11 am to 10:30 pm

Streets and squares

The market traditionally takes place on Münsterplatz, Bottlerplatz and Friedensplatz as well as in Windeckstraße and Vivatsgasse. As in previous years, Poststraße and Remigiusplatz will also be included in the pre-Christmas hustle and bustle.


All stalls will be uniformly illuminated with atmospheric yellow lights and decorated for Christmas. An oval sign attached to the gable will indicate the goods on offer.

Christmas house for children

Children aged 6 to 14 can play, paint and do handicrafts in the "Christmas House" on Münsterplatz under pedagogical guidance and supervision. The free offer is available on Thursdays and Fridays from 4 pm to 8 pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 pm to 7 pm. Learn more at (opens in a new tab).