Leipzig Events: Countdown to Christmas – Dec 17-23

Last-minute Christmas shopping, anyone? Image from Pixabay.

Great news for last-minute shoppers! See when and where you can find a flea market open at night, an artsy market, a chance to store-hop on Sunday… but if you don’t like shopping, there are plenty of parties and cultural and educational events, too!

By Marjon Borsboom

  • Reminder:

For those who can read German, a full list of December events by Stadt Leipzig, right this way…

27th November – 20th December 20th Modellbahn zur Adventszeit

In Strohsackpassage (near Nikolaikirche) every year a large Christmassy model railway display can be visited during the Advent weeks. More info…

16th-18th Dec ►Weinachtsvorlesung Chemie – Chemistry Christmas lectures at the University of Leipzig — Ana’s tip from last week…

Funny, crazy, popping and bursting, color-morphing, theatrical, unpredictable: These special lectures from Uni Leipzig’s Chemistry Department are likely to leave you talking about them long after and craving more. They tend to get full, so get there early. More details…

  • A week jam-packed with events… and shiny colorful decorations… and alternative shopping opportunities:

18th December Adventskonzert at Altes Rathaus

Leipziger Lehrerchor performs at 19:30 More info…

19th December Nachtflohmarkt at Kolrabizirkus – flea market at night

Every month, only during cold months. From 15:00 – 23:00 (ticket office closes at 22:00). More info…

19th – 21st December The Market – Winter Edition

Discover how cool Leipzig can be during this ‘hipster’ event at Täubchenthal. Streetfood, design & vintage, art, music, stuff to do for kids, they have it all. More info on website or on Facebook page.

19th & 20th December Zweinacht – Upcycled Adventsmarkt at Alte Schlosserei

Reused, preloved and/or upcycled items make great Xmas gifts. This trend is here to stay! Admire and buy at: http://www.alte-schlosserei.de/index.php

20th December Official closing ceremony for Leipzig 1000 years

The people of Leipzig sharing a huge cake with 1000 candles on Augustusplatz is how a year full of celebrations will end. More info…

20th December Verkaufsoffener Sonntag – shops in the city open on Sunday

23rd – 28th December Holiday on Ice – BELIEVE – at the Arena

The world’s most famous ice show is coming to Leipzig. More info… 

  • Ana’s tips:

Diverse music style parties at DarkFlower…

17th December: 80’s Club Night

18th December: Rock Vs. Electro

19th December: Die Ultimative Knorke Party

Other parties…

18th December:

African Fusion Party on Merseburgerstraße – Vöku, drums, concert, DJs, DANCE DANCE DANCE! Starts at 7 p.m. More info…

International open mic at Poniatowski – always something exciting. Various styles and genres, and a few languages. Starts at 8:15 p.m. More info…

19th December:

Ay Carambass! From Croatia to Colombia! at 4rooms – “Cumbia, Balkan, Polka, Mambo, Ska, Global Bass, Tropical Bass, Hip Hop, Roots… here lives diversity! Our World Music project enjoyed super success in 2015 with many talented friends and alternative music from the whole world!” Check them out starting at 9 p.m.  More info…

Theatre in English! 19th December:

Elsie & Norm’s Macbeth at Neues Schauspiel – last chance to watch this crazy fun funny play in Leipzig!  Starts at 8 p.m. More info …. Our review



Marjon is Dutch and came to Leipzig in August 2013 with her family, because her husband got a job in the area. At the time she still had her own copywriting company, producing Dutch texts for websites, press releases, brochures, etc. She is an avid social media user and a passionate (digital) networker. Marjon has a degree in tourism management, which partially explains why she is always on the look-out for interesting Leipzig events and attractions.

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