The winter season has started, and one can already feel the Christmas spirit on the streets of our hometown Oldenburg. Every year since 1972, the Lamberti Christmas market in the heart of Oldenburg attracts people from Northern Germany with delicious treats, festive atmosphere and a variety of side events.
- When: 26. November till 22. December
- Where: Rathausplatz Oldenburg
The market is named after St. Lambertus, bishop of Maastrich, just like the magnificent Lamberti church in Oldenburg. The Lamberti Christmas market, like we know it today, took place for the first time in 1972. What once was a small Christmas bazaar is nowadays a traditional Christmas village with over 120 individually decorated stands and cabins. From the end of November till the end of December, it attracts more than 800.000 guests from all around Germany. This makes the Lamberti market one of the most visited Christmas markets in the northwest of Germany.
The Lamberti market is hosted by the city of Oldenburg. The 'quality' of the exhibitors and their products is especially important to the city. Over 70 % of the products come from the region.
Usually it’s small family manufactures and hobby-craftsmen who only present their creations on the Christmas market. That means the visitors are offered unique and self-made pieces of art and specialities from old family recipes, which can’t be found anywhere else. Exhibitors here are called “Schausteller” and each year, the most beautifully decorated stand is being awarded by the city.
Sustainability is also an important aspect of the organization: LED-lights and green electricity light up the Christmas market. Most stands also use recyclable straws and reusable dishes. The waste is being separated by hand.
If you’re a fan of good food, the Lamberti market is just the place to be: You’ll be offered classics like mulled wine, gingerbread and flame-grilled salmon, but also regional specialities like Oldenburg kale. Tea lovers can try exotic herb mixtures at Martin Boettcher’s tea stand “Engel und Martin”. If you are looking for a special Christmas gift, take a stroll and get inspired by all the handcrafted pieces presented there.
Self-made is always best: Explore the variety of creations presented at the Lamberti market and get your loved ones unique presents for Christmas!
Each year, the city provides one stand to non-profit organizations, where they can present themselves and collect donations for their cause. Find out which these 26 organizations this year are here.
Every day between 5 pm and 7 pm on the Rathausplatz, there will be 3D Video-Mapping. 3D Christmas motifs and renderings will be projected onto the facade of the city hall.
The main centre of discussions this year is the City Skyliner, the worldwide highest mobile tower. The “biggest Christmas candle” in the world is placed on the Julius-Mosen-Platz for the first time this year and promises an unforgettable panoramic view of Christmassy Oldenburg at 72 meters height.
The Lamberti market offers lots of side events for children and adults, such as Christmas caroling, tale readings and of course, visits from Santa Claus!
The Lamberti Christmas caroling takes place on the 3rd, 10th and the 17th of December at 5 pm on the stage on the Schlossplatz and gives visitors an opportunity to sing together in a lovely festive atmosphere.
Kids from 4 to 10 years can enjoy free tale readings in the reading tent in the yard of the Lamberti church till the 20th of December. They start at 4:30 pm and 5 pm. On Wednesdays and Fridays, there are also readings in the traditional Low-German dialect. Santa Claus comes to the stage on the Schlossplatz every day at 4 pm.
You can find the program of the Lamberti market here (german only).
The Lamberti Christmas market in Oldenburg combines festive atmosphere, local food specialties and products as well as a variety of events to enjoy as a group. It’s certainly worth a visit! Will we see you at the Christmas market?
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