LGBT Gay Christmas Markets in 2018
The Top 9 Gay Christmas Markets in 2018 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, 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 LGBT & Gay Christmas Markets ’18
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 in Germany also taking place in the biggest cities in the country (besides Berlin) in Munich, Cologne, Hamburg, and Frankfurt. Additional to that, a number of German cities organize a weekly “LGBT” day like Pink Mondays, Thursdays or Queer Wednesday s 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 LGBT 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 LGBT 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 2018, the LGBT winter event will celebrate Christmas under the rainbow already for the 14th edition with a small but gay colorful diversified market. Starting November 26th, 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 26th to December 22nd, 2018 | Mon to Fri: 4 pm to 10 pm | Sat & Sun: 12 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 returns 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 26th until December 23rd. We are sure, it will put more than one sparkle in the eyes of LGBT visitors and friends from all over the world in this Christmas wonderland!
Location: Plaza between Hahnenstrasse & Schaafenstrasse
Dates: November 26th until December 23rd, 2018 | Daily from noon to 10 pm
#3 Winter Pride – Hamburg | Germany
Welcome in the North-German city Hamburg for Winter Pride 2018. The only Queer-Lesbian-Gay Christmas Market 2018 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 2018 starting on November 26th until December 30th (except December 24th to 26th). 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 LGBT 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 26th to December 30th, 2018 | Daily from 12 pm to 10 pm
#4 Rosa Weihnacht – Frankfurt | Germany
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 26th 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 LGBT 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 26th to December 23rd, 2018 | Daily from 10 am to 9 pm
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Our best friends from Germany: Dirk, Hennig, Maddin, and Martin (left to right)
#5 Pink Monday & pinKnight Heidelberg | Germany
Once again, the Christmas Market in the West German city Heidelberg will turn pink on December 3rd, 2018, 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 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. NEW: This year the Pink Monday will be extended with a pink party night “pinKnight” starting at 9 pm with one of our favorite DJs Djane Käry you know from the Pink Lake Festival in southern Austria.
Location: Pink Monday at Marktplatz | Hotel Zum Ritter St. Georg
Dates: December 3rd, 2018 | Pink Monday at 6 pm & pinKnight at 9 pm
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#6 Pink Monday Düsseldorf | Germany
LGBTQ+ travelers and allies can enjoy queer get-togethers in Düsseldorf as well! Since 2014, the Pink Monday 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). 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, additional 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: November 26th/ December 3rd, 10th, 17th & 28th, 2018 | Mondays from 6 pm until 9 pm
#7 GAYnachtsmarkt Stuttgart | Germany
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 2018, the hut of the GAYnachtsmarkt Stuttgart will be once a week the LGBT 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 29th/ December 6th, 13th, 20th, 2018 | from 6 pm until 9 pm /tbc
#8 Pink Monday “Glühweintreff” Essen | Germany
Essen, the second biggest city of the Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Region has its own weekly LGBT 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 LGBT 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: November 19th, 26th/ December 3rd, 10th, 17th, 2018 | From 5 pm to 10 pm
#9 Vielbunter Weihnachtsmarkt – Darmstadt | DE
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. This year, unfortunately, there won’t be a Gay Christmas at the square Darmstädter Friedensplatz as at the plaza renovation and reconstruction work is going on in 2018. 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 days, there will be a “Vielbunter Freitag” – ‘colorful queer Friday’ on December 14th at the main stage of Essen’s Christmas Market with performances by „The PianaMaS“, the drag queens “Aurora DeMeehl and Rosa Opossum” as well as the trash drag performer the “GagaLadies”.
Location: Heiligs Blechle: Foodtruck-Weihnachtsmarkt im Carree | Darmstadt, Hesse
Dates: November 28th, December 5th, 12th, 19th, 2018 | Queer Wednesday from 6 pm to 9 pm
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International LGBT Gay Christmas Markets 2018
#1 Pink XMAS Market Toronto | Canada
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 LGBT community!
Location: Community Center at 519 Church Street | Toronto, ON
Dates: December Saturday 8th / Sunday 9th, 2018 | Sat 11 am to 6 pm/ Sun 11 am to 5 pm
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#2 Winter Avenue Arnhem | The Netherlands
We have great news from the Dutch city Arnhem in the eastern part of the Netherlands close to the German border! The union of Gay Arnhem is organizing 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 will participate as well! So don’t forget to give Lady Godiva your vote! During the two-day event on December 15th and 16th, colorful Christmas huts, DJs and LGBT people from all over the country are expected 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.
Location: Jansplein | Arnhem, The Netherlands
Dates: December 15th and 16th | Sat 12 pm to 10 pm/ Sun 12 pm to 7 pm
Gay Christmas Events in Amsterdam 2018
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 winter time. 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 December 16th, several events are taking place at the cozy bar in central Amsterdam like Pink Pub Quiz, Disco PRIKmas, and PRIKmas Karaoke.
Gay Christmas Parties Amsterdam 2018
One of our favorite party Kalinichta will have a Christmas edition on December 1st. So do the parties Glowjob “Neon Christmas” on December 15th, Spielraum on December 14th and FunHouse Christmas Edition December 22nd. 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!
Dates: From December 1st until 26th, 2018
Location: Amsterdam’s favorite gay bar Prik | Spuistraat 109
Gay Christmas Markets 2018 on a map
Our List of the Top Gay Christmas Markets 2018
(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 LGBT events during your holidays in 2018. We cannot wait to add those to our list of Gay Christmas Markets in Germany and worldwide.
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Karl & Daan.