Magical Christmas stage at the New Market
Magical Christmas market atmosphere with food, fairground rides and stage programs
for young and old - all waiting for you on New Market Square!
From Tuesday to Friday you are welcomed by Father Christmas and his helpers on the fairytale castle
stage, booths entice you with delicious food, carousels for the whole family invite
you to go for a ride, while above everything the giant wheel turns majestically.
Be amazed at the giant pyramid on the New Market! The XXL pyramid is the largest
Christmas pyramid in the world at a height of over 20 metres, three accessible levels
and then three levels above with life-size crib figures (entry in the Guinness Book
Father Christmas is coming ...
Make sure to be there when the most beautiful market of the year is festively opened!
A particular highlight of our Christmas market is the arrival of Father Christmas.
Together with children from various nurseries, he will travel in the traditional RSAG tram
from the Main Station to the New Market. It is there that the official opening traditionally
takes place on the fairytale castle stage. Following the opening ceremony, Father Christmas
then turns on the lights of the Christmas Market along Kröpeliner Street.
The fairytale figures from Father Christmas’s entourage are already waiting for him at the
large Christmas tree at Kröpeliner Gate and at around 5 p.m., we will turn on the lights of
the festively decorated Christmas tree together.
Our Father Christmas will already be there on the opening day, Monday, the 23rd of November.
Towering Christmas Tree
Not only children's eyes will be shining: admire the 19-metre-high North German
spruces from Rostock Reutershagen! Several thousand lights and colourful tree decorations will
be gleaming with a friendly and festive light.
This are the Hanseatic city's biggest Christmas tree, which decorate Rostock's city centre
at the Kröpeliner Gate during the Christmas Market.
Just transporting this tree and putting them in place takes several people hours. And the
time it takes to lovingly position so many lights and shiny decorations - well, you're familiar
with all that from home. It's just that with us everything is a little bit bigger.
Historical Christmas Market
Pay a visit to our historical Christmas market in Klosterhof, in the monastery
gardens "Zum Heiligen Kreuz". The best way to get to the market
this year is via Universitaetsplatz. Go across Universitaetsplatz past the
university's main building and the entrance to the monastery is right in the corner.
The surroundings of the monastery gardens including the old town wall and
the Cultural History Museum make the perfect place and invite you to feel
the atmosphere of a market like this.
You are brought back to the Middle Ages by 30 handycraft and trading stalls
and a range of historic foods. Devour culinary delights like goat's goulash
or Mutzbraten (pork, roasted on open birchwood fire, served with sauerkraut)
or enter the medieval world of Nadin's tavern "Zum schwarzen Raben".
Watch a blacksmith at work or a woman felting, haggle with the wood carver
or gown maker. Admire the works of silversmith, potter or tanner. Celebrate
the winter solstice with the Vikings, take part in an archery tournament or
try aiming with an axe.
A further attraction is the fairy tale tent and story teller. At dawn and
in the evenings fire bowls and flaming torches spread a pleasant, festive atmosphere.
At weekends Captain Jack Sparrow, alias Arne Feuerschlund, and his pirates
put on a spectacular show with games, fire and jugglery.
The entrance fee is:
All other days 3 Euro toll
Fairytale Castle Stage
Come to New Market Square and experience the fairytale play on our fairytale castle
stage! Every year, Father Christmas' wife, the Storyteller Lady, writes a new story,
which is then staged on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
Sing along, when Christmas songs once again fill the air! From Tuesday to Friday from 3:30 pm,
girls and boys from Rostock's nurseries sing and play with Father Christmas and the
Storyteller Lady. Each time, a little door is also opened on the big Christmas market
Christmas Market Souvenir
What would a visit to the Christmas market be without Glühwein? It smells of
cinnamon and carnations, its sweet, spicy taste caresses your tongue and a comfortable
warmth spreads through you...
Of course, it tastes best of all when drunk from our Glühwein cups and boots!
Since 2000, we have had 35,000 of these produced every year in a different colour and
printed with changing motifs of the Rostock Christmas Market.
Only very few cups find their way back to the Glühwein stands after being used, because
many visitors like to take them home with them as souvenirs. So make sure you get your
collector's item in good time!
Something sweet? Or would you prefer something hearty? Candied apples, baked bananas, candyfloss,
fritters, roasted almonds, glögg and baked goods from Sweden, Rostock smoked sausage,
smoked fish, cheese specialities, roast duck, wild boar on the spit - don't miss the culinary
delights at the Rostock Christmas Market.
Traditional foods, items made to North German recipes and the flavours of other regions are sure
to tempt you more than once!
Fairytale World at the Kröpeliner Gate
In 2013, the square in front of the historical city gate was redeveloped. Its cosy flair invites visitors
to simply take some time to linger and enjoy. The lights on the six-metre tall Christmas trees at
Kröpeliner Gate bathe the square in a warm and festive glow. The historical city gate is wonderfully
illuminated by the festive lights and effects. The familiar figures of the fairytale forest standing
between the festively decorated snack booths and the thousands of lights cast a magical spell and carry
you off to the world of fairytales. Who is quicker in matching the fairytale figures to the fairytales –
you or your children?
"RemterZwo15" – Art, handicrafts and design market
Do you love things that are special? Visit the crafts market in the foyer of the Rostock Town Hall
and find a very individual Christmas present for your loved ones!
The crafts market awaits you with its proven high quality. Only craftspeople entered in the register
of artisans will be showing their skills and works of art. There will be glassblowers, felt-cutters,
jewellery designers, basket weavers, painters and others.
4th and 5th December from 10:00 to 18:00
6th December from 11:30 to 18:00
Christmas fun-fair at the Fischerbastion
Are you looking for thrills and an adrenalin rush? Then the Fischerbastion is just the place for
you! Some of the rides here have already set Christmas market visitors' pulses racing: flying sofas,
revolving plates, wild mice...
You will also find fairground classics here: how about a go on the bumper cars? Or get the shivers
on the ghost train and split your sides laughing in the hall of mirrors!
Still more of the Hanseatic City:
Alongside the Christmas Market, our Hanseatic City offers many further sights to be seen. For example,
we would recommend that you visit the historical culture museum with its interesting exhibitions.
"Kloster zum Heiligen Kreuz" (Monastery of the Holy Cross),
open from Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 - 18:00 hrs.