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What to eat and drink on a German Christmas Market

The last weekend before Christmas is approaching quickly. For me one of the best parts in consideration of Christmas are the Christmas Markets which take place in every small city within Germany. It is not only good fun for kids but for everyone. German Christmas Market offer such a variety of food, crafts stalls and entertainment.

Especially during night time, when the lights are twinkling and the atmosphere gets more festive, it’s time for Glühwein (mulled wine) and some tasty dishes. Seriously, all this is part of Christmas for me and I cannot imagine it without going there at least once.

If you are not from Germany and ask what to eat and drink on a German Christmas Market, read this post to get the answer and find your favorite culinary delight:

1. Hearty food

Different breads

Germans like to eat bread and I’m no exception. I love to eat all the different kind of breads, the Christmas Markets offer. There are pita breads filled with feta or mozarella cheese and vegetables and herbs or garlic sauce, garlic bread with tomatoes and basil or bread covered with cream, ham and chives among others.



Langos is a Hungarian speciality which is very popular on a German Christmas market. It is again a kind of bread (yes we love bread :P) made out of yeast. It is baked with a lot of grease. In the end it is typically topped with sour cream, tomatoes, cheese and rocket salad.

Meat dishes

Of course meat dishes couldn’t be missing on a German Christmas Market. Apart from the typical sausages Bratwurst and Knacker, you can get steak in rolls or roasts like Mutzbraten. Mutzbraten is pork which is slowly roasted and spiced after a special recipe.

Weihnachtsmarkt Jena 2011

Photo Credit: Christian Hanke

Green cabbage

A Knacker (sausage) or a liver almost always comes with green cabbage (Grünkohl) which is a very important part of German Christmas dishes. On the 25th and 26th December, most of the people eat it. That’s why it must also be present on the Christmas Market of course. As the Christmas season starts, it seems like everyone is up for green cabbage – except me, I absolutely don’t like it. :-/

Grünkohl mit Knacker

Photo Credit: Jeff Garrett


Even vegetarians don’t come off badly on a German Christmas Market. Most typical vegetarian dishes include fried mushrooms and deep-fried cauliflower.


Photo Credit: Maik Meid

2. Sweet food


Schmalzkuchen are small pastries made of yeast which are baked in grease. Sprinkled with icing sugar, they make a pretty good dessert.


Photo Credit: Jackie Turner

Chocolate & candied fruits

Another treat for people with sweet teeth are chocolate or candied fruit. Christmas Markets offer all different kind of fruits like apples, bananas and strawberries.

Kandierter Apfel

Photo Credit: Cédric Demeester

Roasted Almonds

I’m not a big fan of roasted almonds (gebrannte Mandeln) but a lot of people cannot get enough of them. As they are caramelized, they are a pure sugar schock.

Gebrannte Mandeln

Photo Credit: Gerald Grote


Crepes can be enjoyed both hearty and sweet on German Christmas Markets. Try crepes with “Kinderschokolade” or “Nutella”!

Dutch pancakes

I love Dutch pancakes or Poffertjes. There is no Christmas season without them. Poffertjes are very small and relatively thick pancakes. They are served with Nutella or advocaat and icing sugar.



You probably already know it. Gingerbread hearts (Lebkuchenherzen) with quotes or nicknames written on it are part of every German festival. Of course Christmas markets offer them with festive slogans.


Photo Credit: ingrid eulenfan

3. Drinks

Alcoholic Drinks

Mulled wine (Glühwein) is made out of red wine with different spices like cinnemon, cloves, lemon peel and star anise. It is drunk hot but not over 80°C as the alcohol would diminish.

Apart from the original mulled wine, Christmas Markets sell mulled wine with flavours like apple-cinnamon, cherry, blueberry and strawberry among others.

Another typical drink is Lumumba: a hot chocolate with a shot of rum.


Non-alcoholic Drinks

The non-alcoholic version of Glühwein is Kinderpunsch (punch for children). Other popular drinks are other warm drinks like hot chocolate or cappuccino.


Photo Credit: Travis Ezell

What’s your favorite dish on a German Christmas Market?

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7 thoughts on “What to eat and drink on a German Christmas Market

  1. Agness

    I tried these Dutch pancakes and they were so delicious, real yum! They taste just awesome with some mulled wine 🙂 hhmmmmm heaven! I’m also a big fan of fried mushrooms and deep-fried cauliflower! Looks like Germany has a lot to offer in terms of Christmas food and drinks.
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