LGBTQ+ & Gay Christmas Markets in 2020
The Top LGBTQ+ and Gay Christmas Markets in 2019 in Germany, home country of Christmas markets. Thousands of tourists and travelers from all over the world come to Germany during the pre-Christmas time every year to get the perfect Christmas presents and dive into the German Christmas spirit. The well-known Christmas markets like in Berlin, Nuremberg, Munich, and Dresden have a century-long tradition of showcasing incredibly beautiful decorated Christmas trees, craftsmanship like wood carvings, finest German Christmas cuisines like Christmas stollen, and organizing concerts of local choirs and orchestras. Today, there are uncountable Christmas markets all over Germany and Europe. And even some Gay Christmas Markets during the pre-Christmas season, which we would like to introduce you to now on a couple of men.
Best LGBTQ+ & Gay Christmas Markets in 2020
Your Christmas market experience would not be complete without a delicious mulled wine (called Glühwein in German) together with some gay friends and members of the LGBT community. The most known Gay Christmas Markets 2020 in Germany also taking place in the biggest cities in the country in Berlin, Munich, Cologne, Hamburg, and Frankfurt. Additionally, a number of German cities organize a weekly “LGBTQ” day(s) like Pink Mondays, Thursdays, or Queer Wednesdays for example in Düsseldorf, Essen, and Heidelberg. We did some thorough research to find all Gay Christmas Markets in Germany and were even able to locate some pink Christmas events around the world like in Amsterdam, Toronto, and Arnhem. But we are sure there are more LGBTQ+ and Gay Christmas markets and pink events out there.
#1 Pink Christmas – Munich | Germany
Welcome to Munich, the German capital of tradition and folklore, and to the “Gay Christkindl Market” in the famous Glockenbachviertel. The Bavarian city as the third biggest city in Germany offers everything LGBTQ+ travelers need for the perfect traditional pre-Christmas time. But there is more! The traditional Christmas market got a Pink add-on in 2005 when the first Pink Christmas market was opened for the public. In 2020, the LGBT winter event will celebrate Christmas under the rainbow already for the 15th edition with a small but gay colorful diversified market. Starting November 25th, you can stroll around, shop your Christmas gifts and taste the delicious German food and drinks including sausages and Glühwein. Do not miss the daily show acts, showtime is at 7 pm. Enjoy the pink star of the Christmas markets in Munich daily until December 22nd!
Location: Stephansplatz München (in the heart of the famous Glockenbachviertel)
Dates: November 23rd, 2020 to January 10, 2021 | Mon to Fri: 4 pm to 10 pm | Sat & Sun: 2 pm to 10 pm
#2 Heavenue – Cologne | Germany
True to the motto “Heaven is a place on Earth”, Cologne has its own Gay Christmas market organized by Thomas Fasshauer & Oleg Leirich of Chicos Event GmbH. The local LGBTQ+ community Christmas market returned in 2018 with a completely new concept: Under new management, with a new name and a new look. The Gay Christmas Market “Heavenue” with its colorful market booths in pop art style, decorations with romantic elements, and snow-white garlands, will characterize the new look of the market. A sophisticated lighting design consisting of LEDs, chains of lights, and special effects will transform the square into a colorful, dazzling sea of lights in the evening from November 19th until December 23rd, 2020. We are sure, it will put more than one sparkle in the eyes of LGBTQ+ visitors and friends from all over the world in this Christmas wonderland!
Location: Plaza between Hahnenstrasse & Schaafenstrasse
Dates: November 19th until December 23rd, 2020 | Daily from 4 pm to 10 pm | Sat & Sun from 2 pm (still to be confirmed)
#3 Winter Pride – Hamburg | Germany
Welcome to the North-German city Hamburg for Winter Pride 2020. The only Queer-Lesbian-Gay Christmas Market 2019 in Hamburg is conveniently located in the heart of Hamburg’s popular Gay neighborhood St. Georg. The gay Christmas event in Hamburg is well-known among the LGBT community for its cozy, diverse, and tolerant atmosphere taking place in 2019 starting from November 23rd until January 10th (except December 24th to 26th and December 31st and January 1st). Join the local queer, lesbian and gay people for a hot punch, Glühwein and sweet and salty Christmas treats, and don’t miss the highlights of the entertainment program on weekends featuring LGBT artists and hosts to collect donations for a good cause supporting the LGBTQ+ community. The updated event calendar will be available on the official website of Winter Pride Hamburg.
Location: Corner of Kirchenallee & Lange Reihe | St. Georg
Dates: November 23rd, 2020 to January 10th, 2021 | Daily from 12 pm to 10 pm
#4 Rosa Weihnacht – Frankfurt | Germany
***All Christmas markets in Frankfurt have been canceled in 2020***
The scent of hot mulled wine, brandy punch, Bratwurst, potato cake, freshly baked waffles, and crepe, baked apple, raclette cheese, and hot almonds soon pulls through the city because on November 25th the Christmas market in Frankfurt will begin! By then, the illuminated rainbow area of the “Rosa Weihnacht” at Friedrich Stoltze Platz with its pink Christmas trees will open its gates to the national and international LGBTQ+ community offering a safe, diverse and inclusive space for everyone who is in the pink Christmas mood. Like every year, there is supposed to be an almond hut where you can buy Beetmänchen, Popcorn, Fresh Almonds, Gingerbread Hearts, Aids Ribbons, and Aids Help Bears. Also, the already iconic Pink Christmas Hats will be available as well. The remaining income will go to Aids aid this year.
Dates: November to December 2021 | Daily from 10 am to 9 pm
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#5 Christmas Avenue – Berlin | Germany
New Gay Christmas market in Berlin since 2019! Finally a Gay Christmas market in Berlin! For the first time, there will be an LGTBIQ+ Christmas market Christmas Avenue in Berlin at the square Nollendorfplatz in Berlin’s gay neighborhood Schöneberg. From November 23rd to December 23rd, 2020. A colorful lighting concept by lighting designer Andreas Boehlke from Berlin creates a unique atmosphere right in front of the reopened Metropol-Theater. A highlight is the daily stage program where many actors of the Berlin scene will present themselves during drag bingo or the game show “Face of Christmas Avenue”. From hits to rock, classical music to musicals: high-class entertainment will be provided for the LGBTQ+ community. In addition to culinary highlights, the market offers a high-quality selection of drinks (our Winzerglühwein, which is produced exclusively for the event, has already received the best awards in previous years). As an enrichment for the Berlin LGBTIQ+ scene, the “Christmas Avenue” aims to not only just another attraction in Germany’s capital but also makes a special social contribution in favor of various non-profit associations through fundraisers as a joint work of Berlin’s LGBTQ+ community.
Location: Nollendorfplatz Berlin – Schöneberg
Dates: November 23rd to December 23rd, 2020 | Daily from 15 am to 10 pm | Fri – Sun 12 am to 10 pm
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#6 Pink Monday & pinKnight Heidelberg | Germany
***All Christmas markets in Heidelberg have been canceled for 2020.***
Once again, the Christmas Market in the West German city Heidelberg will turn pink on December 2nd, 2019, and transform the traditional market into the queer meeting place to be in the region. The “Pink Monday Heidelberg” was held for the first time in 2014 on the Heidelberg market square. After mayor Wolfgang Erichson will have officially opened the evening at 6 pm, the City Hall, the Hercules Fountain, the Church of the Holy Spirit, and the Hotel Zum Ritter St. Georg will be illuminated in pink for one evening. Residents and guests can meet with the queer community to celebrate the Pink Christmas Monday in Heidelberg. This year the pink party night “pinKnight” will is planned for November 30th as the aftershow party for the donation event Sternengala.
Location: Pink Monday at Marktplatz | Hotel Zum Ritter St. Georg
Dates: December 2021 | Pink Monday at 6 pm | pinKnight at 10 pm (December 2021)
#7 Gay on Christmas Market in Düsseldorf (former Pink Monday) | Germany
***Until now, no information about the 2020 edition***
LGBTQ+ travelers and allies can enjoy queer get-togethers in Düsseldorf as well! Since 2014, the Gays on Christmas Market in Düsseldorf at the Christmas market on Schadowplatz brings local gay, lesbian and BTTIQ * visitors together under the rainbow at the long-standing Christmas market hut Schwarzwaldhütte (Black Forest Hut). This year under the new motto: “Gays on the Christmas Market”. You should try the many solid and liquid treats such as grandma’s eggnog, the children’s punch, red and white mulled wine, also Pilsener Urquell and cocoa with delicious Amarula liqueur. In addition to that, various delicious German foods are waiting to be eaten. Pink Monday Dusseldorf on the Christmas market at Schadowplatz is a project from the community. The event is supported by many clubs, companies, and groups from the LGBTQ+ community in Dusseldorf and surroundings. Good to know: This year, in addition to all Mondays, the Pink Monday also takes place on the Friday before New Year’s Eve.
Location: Schwarzwaldhütte/ Schadow Monument at Christmas Market at Schadowplatz
Dates: Mondays in November and December 2020 | Mondays from 6 pm on
#8 GAYnachtsmarkt Stuttgart | Germany
*** We expect information about the GAYnachtsmarkt in early November. ***
It wasn’t that easy to find information about the gay Christmas market in Stuttgart, the capital city of the German state Baden-Wuerttemberg. But also in 2020, the hut of the GAYnachtsmarkt Stuttgart will be once a week the LGBTQ+ meeting point for Stuttgart’s lesbian, gay and queer community for the pre-Christmas time. Additional to the weekly GAYnachtsmarkt hut, the AIDS Help of Stuttgart will have an own hut serving daily hot drinks and Christmas snacks as well. For everyone who is getting cold after the Christmas market, our friends-couple David and Andreas from Stuttgart recommend the Gay-Café Rubens just around the corner of Stuttgart’s Christmas market.
Location: Gaynachtsmarkt at Christmas Market in Stuttgart
Dates: November to December 2020 | from 6 pm until 9 pm
#9 Pink Monday “Glühweintreff” Essen | Germany
*** So far an edition 2020 could not be confirmed.***
Essen, the second biggest city of the Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Region has its own weekly LGBTQ+ Christmas hangout “Schwul Lesbischer Glühweintreff” during the Christmas market season as well. Therefore, queers, lesbians, and gays can meet, drink and enjoy a special cozy pre-Christmas atmosphere at the popular Christmas hut “Zum Ritter”, located in the heart of Essen’s International Christmas market. Every week again local LGBTQ+ stars will perform on stage at the plaza Kardinal-Hengsbach-Platz like Travesty-star of Femme Fatale, “Miss Jeanny”, and Travesty Icon “Miss Joanna” well-known within the Ruhr area community. The series of events is organized by Ruhrpride (one of the German Gay Pride Events) and the beer garden hut “Zum Ritter”. Happy Holidays in Essen!
Location: Kardinal-Hengsbach-Platz | Christmas hut “Zum Ritter” in Essen
Dates: Mondays in November and December 2020 | From 5 pm to 10 pm
#10 Vielbunter Weihnachtsmarkt – Darmstadt | DE
*** An alternative Christmas program is being organized in Darmstadt this year. ***
In the past, the queer LGBT community of Darmstadt called “Vielbunt” was organizing a queer Christmas market over the weekends in late November until Christmas. Last year, there wasn’t a Gay Christmas Market at the square Darmstädter Friedensplatz due to the plaza’s renovation and reconstruction work and, unfortunately, there won’t be a Gay Christmas Market in 2020 either. But instead, there will be weekly Queer Wednesdays with LGBT show acts at the food truck Christmas market at Carree with show acts, singers and travesty by local well-known drag queens. Additional to the weekly queer day, there will be a “Vielbunter Freitag” – ‘colorful queer Friday’ on December 13th at the main stage of Essen’s Christmas Market with performances by „The PianaMaS“, drag queen “Igitte von Bingen” as well as the trash drag performer the “GagaLadies”.
Location: Heiligs Blechle: Foodtruck-Weihnachtsmarkt im Carree | Darmstadt, Hesse
Dates: November bis Dezember 2020 | Queer Wednesday from 6 pm to 9 pm | Queer Friday from 5 pm to 9 pm
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International LGBT Gay Christmas Markets 2020
#1 Pink XMAS Market Toronto | Canada
*** So far there is no information about an edition 2020.***
We have been to Toronto this year for the first time but have been falling in love with the Canadian city at Lake Ontario. During our research for Gay Christmas Markets, we discovered the small Pink Market with an XMAS edition! The Pink XMAS market Toronto is supposed to be a queer craft/ fashion/ art/ lit fair ahead of the coming Christmas season in Canada. The idea behind the Pink market is simple as it aims to give queer creators from Toronto and across Canada a platform for their work, connecting them to members of the public as well as fostering a community of LGBTQ artists and makers. We are sure it is the perfect opportunity to get all you need for your Christmas gift list while supporting the Canadian LGBTQ+ community!
Location: Community Center at 519 Church Street | Toronto, ON
Dates: Beginning of December 2020 | Sat 11 am to 6 pm/ Sun 11 am to 5 pm
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#2 Winter Avenue Arnhem | The Netherlands
Last year, we had great news from the Dutch city Arnhem in the eastern part of the Netherlands close to the German border! The union of Gay Arnhem organized the first ever Pink Christmas Market, in Dutch called ‘Roze Kerstmarkt’ including Drag Queen Contest “Miss Drag Gelderland 2019” and lots of “bling bling”. Our dear friend Rudy participated as well! During the two-day event on December 15th and 16th, colorful Christmas huts, DJs and LGBT people from all over the country came together to create a safe environment for lesbian, gays and queer people. The Winter Avenue Arnhem was initiated to support the local gay community after the violent incident in Arnhem in 2017 when a gay couple was physically abused. Gay Arnhem consciously opts for an ‘own’ Christmas market to create an open space for the whole LGBT community to meet, talk and celebrate the pre-Christmas time together. Strong and proud #handinhand in Arnhem. If this event will take place in 2019 is still not confirmed.
Location: Jansplein | Arnhem, The Netherlands
Dates: December 2019 ? | Sat 12 pm to 10 pm/ Sun 12 pm to 7 pm /tbc
Gay Christmas Events in Amsterdam 2020
*** So far there is no information about an edition 2020. ***
Amsterdam, our hometown had its own Gay Christmas market at the popular gay street Reguliersdwaarstraat, but unfortunately, not anymore. But as the Dutch capital city of the first country ever introducing marriage equality, Amsterdam offers a lot during the pre-Christmas and wintertime. Besides the annual Amsterdam Light Festival with illuminated art pieces all around the city, party series, clubs and bars are turning pink and rainbow-colored. Like our favorite Amsterdam Gay Bar PRIK. Starting in December, several events are taking place at the cozy bar in central Amsterdam like Pink Pub Quiz, Disco PRIKmas, and PRIKmas Karaoke.
Dates: From December 18, 2019
Location: Amsterdam’s favorite gay bar Prik | Spuistraat 109
Gay Christmas Parties Amsterdam in December 2020
*** So far there is no information about an edition 2020. ***
One of our favorite party Kalinichta will have a Christmas edition on December 7th and so do the parties Spielraum from December 13th to 15th, Rapido on December 7th, B:east Amsterdam on December 7th, and the FunHouse Christmas Edition on December 21st, 2019. So do not forget to book your trip to Amsterdam in Winter and your Gay Christmas party ticket for one of the listed queer events! Happy pre-Christmas time with your loved ones and may your Christmas 2019 be merry and bright!
Gay Christmas Markets 2020 on a map
Our List of the Top LGBTQ+ & Gay Christmas Markets 2019
(Pre)Christmas time is the time of year to spend time with the loved ones, cuddle together with hot tea, watch Christmas movies and plan Christmas parties with the friends and family. The Christmas markets in Germany are just another great way to experience pre-Christmas time with the scents of cinnamon, mulled wine, oranges and Christmas cookies accompanied with traditional (German) Christmas music. We are convinced, that we despite all efforts did not manage to find all Gay Christmas markets in Germany or worldwide. So please drop us a line when you attended one of the LGBTQ+ events during your holidays in 2020. We cannot wait to add those to our list of Gay Christmas Markets 2020 in Germany and worldwide.
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Karl & Daan.