A Detailed 2023 Guide to the Luxembourg Christmas Market

A square in Luxembourg that has a spillar, a tall ferris wheel, and many trees intricately strung with thousands of lights.

Of all the cities we visited on our Christmas market tour, I would have to say that the Luxembourg Christmas market surprised us the most. We made a spur of the moment decision to come here, and the markets felt almost whimsical and were just delightful. It really just felt like a fun, lighthearted party or a carnival. We loved it!

Luxembourg itself is a very nice city. It was clean and beautiful, full of interesting old architecture. The people we interacted with were very friendly, and the infrastructure was well-developed (for example, the buses were free, and there was city-wide free Wi-Fi).

The Old Town part of Luxembourg City was relatively small – you could cross it in about 20 minutes. I would say the Old Town felt less “quaint” and more upscale than other old towns in Europe. 

Gold and white lit balls are strung between upscale stone buildings in old town Luxembourg.
Lots of Christmas lights and decorations are found around the city!

There are 4 main Christmas markets in the Old Town of Luxembourg. They were all part of the Winterlights Festival, which is the name of the Christmas markets in Luxembourg. 

This article is a guide to what to see, eat, and buy at the Luxembourg Christmas market.

Luxembourg Christmas Market 2023 Dates

This year, the Winterlights Festival will run from Friday, November 24, 2023 to Monday, January 1, 2024. 

(The two official Luxembourg City websites are actually giving different end dates for the festival (January 1 vs January 7 – to be safe, I’d plan to visit before the new year).

Festive Market Drinks

To start, we need to talk about drinks – an integral part of experiencing a European Christmas market!

A woman in a red coats smiles at the camera while holding up a white and red mug filled with hoto chocolate. Market stalls and trees filled with lights are behind her.

Around the markets, you can find drink stands selling various alcoholic and non-alcoholic hot beverages – hot mulled wine, non-alcoholic cider, and hot chocolate are the most common drinks.

When you buy your drink, you also pay a small deposit for the cup it is served in. In Luxembourg, the deposit was 5 euro. 

When you finish your drink, you can return the mug for your deposit back OR you can keep the mug as a fun market souvenir.

We collected mugs from all over Europe (the Cologne Christmas Market in particular had some great mugs!) and brought them home with us – a fun souvenir that I see every time I open my cupboard doors. Pro tip: when packing, stick each mug in a sock, and then place all the mugs in a carry-on duffel bag, padded with clothes). 

If you are keeping your mug instead of returning it for your deposit back, you can still go up and exchange the dirty one you just drank out of for a clean one (people were really nice when we did this – it seems like this is pretty common).

The Luxembourg market had a ton of different mug options – we saw at least 8 as we were walking around (and I’m sure there were others we didn’t happen to see).

We brought home the official Winterlights mug, as well as a mug that looked like a Christmas tree! There was also an adorable boot mug.

Planning Your Visit to the Luxembourg Christmas Market

To help you plan your trip quickly, here’s a snapshot of where to stay and how to get around:

Top Hotel Options in Luxembourg:

All of these hotels are top-rated, centrally located spots in the city. I would highly recommend you book your hotel early, as hotels definitely fill up.

How to Get Around Europe:

The Christmas Markets of Luxembourg City

The markets really leaned into the “lights” theme of the Winterlights Festival. Trees were strung really intricately with lights – the best tree lights in any of the Christmas markets we visited. 

The combination of the best lit trees we had seen yet, plus a lot of rides, Christmas music wafting overhead, and yes, even a few carnival games in the markets made the whole thing just delightfully jolly. 

Here’s a breakdown of the different markets you’ll find around Luxembourg City during the Winterlights Festival.

Lëtzebuerger Chrëschtmaart at Place d’Armes

Lit trees and market stalls at the Place d'armes market in Luxembourg.

This market has a Christmas tree, a traditional nativity display, and 35 chalets (stalls). There was also a little campfire, with a stand where you could buy smores fixing to make over the fire.

I would call this the “international” market, as the stalls, particularly the food stalls, showcased foods from different countries. For example, we saw:

  • Stroopwaffles (3 euro) and pfannkuchen from The Netherlands
  • Spaetzle (7 euro) from Germany
  • Waffles (3-6 euro) from Belgium
  • Calzones (6 euro) from Italy
  • Hawaiian Fruit – chocolate-covered fruit on a stick
  • Gromperekichelcher – Luxembourg potato pancake
  • Bratwurst from Germany
  • Fondue and raclette from Switzerland
Bags and tins of stroopwaffles are displayed in a stall, and small bite-sized pancakes called pfannkuchen are being made.
Stroopwaffles and pfannkuchen
A styrofoam bowl holds spaetzle, a German noodle, with carbonara sauce, with the Luxembourg Christmas market in the background.
Spaetzle in a carbonara sauce
a hand holds up a calzone in the market.
A stall selling Hawaiian snacks, including fruit on a stick.
Chocolate covered fruit on a stick

Things to buy at Place d’Armes: 

There was a decent selection of things to buy – though food was the main focus of this market. Still, you could get winter gear (scarves, hats, gloves), crocheted winter linens, ornaments, sugared nuts, and Christmas decorations, as well as some unique things like specialty wooden toys and games.

Don’t miss the carousel or the kiddie winter train that are part of the market at Place d’Armes:

A kiddie train at the luxembourg markets.

Wantermaart at Place de la Constitution

One of the main markets in Luxembourg at the Place de la Constitution, with a tall pillar, grand ferris wheel, games, and trees lit beautifully with thousands of lights.

The Place de la Constitution part of the Winterlights Festival had a real carnival feel to it. There was a Ferris Wheel, a carousel, a Christmas tree ride, a bouncy trampoline for children, and some carnival games. There was also a Christmas pyramid, a traditional part of many European Christmas markets. 

There are 41 chalets here, many of them selling food and drink.

A ride at the Place de la Constitution market that looks like a very tall Christmas tree, and the round ornaments on the bottom of the tree are open and have places for people to sit in them, and the tree spins.
A beautiful carousel is in the front right foreground, with a massive Christmas tree decked out in yellow lights and red bulbs behind it.

In the corner of this market is the grand Christmas tree, decorated in white lights and red ornaments. 

A view of the Place de la Constitution market - with lights, trees, and rides visible.
The top of a Christmas pyramid is in the foreground, with it's open towers with figures inside, and fan blades at the top of the tower. A tree lit with white lights is behind.

There were a lot of types of foods to eat, including: 

  • Cotton candy (barbe a papa)
  • Belgian Liege Waffles
  • Soups
  • Fries + Hamburgers
  • Crepes + Galettes
  • Oysters
  • Grilled Fish
  • Hungarian Chimney Cake (kurtos)
A waffle on a stick stand at the Luxembourg markets.
A cotton candy stand at the Luxembourg Christmas market.

We saw fewer shopping options here, but some of the stands included a pet bakery stand, children’s toys, jewelry, and of course, Christmas decorations.

Niklosmaart at Place de Paris

This is a smaller market, with only 12 chalets, but there is still a grand Christmas tree, a swings ride, and visits from Saint Nicholas.

The Saint Nicolas visits are only during very specific days/times. The 2023 times aren’t out yet, but in years past, the hours were from Nov 20 to Dec 4, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and on Sundays from 3-5pm.

In the evenings, there are also concerts in this market! These occur every night of the market except for December 24 and 25. These concerts run for 1-1/2 to 2 hours and start at 6pm on every night except Sunday, when it starts at 5pm.

Wanterpark at Kinnekswiss Park

The Wanterpark market is a covered market surrounded by trees (so you can enjoy rain or shine) with a variety of food and drink stalls.

On Sundays from 2pm-5pm, there are programs for children in the park, which include crafts and entertainment.

Other Christmas Displays

A christmas ride: Reindeer attached to wooden poles spin around a center, and you can sit in boxes on the reindeer. Santa is sitting on top of the middle.

This reindeer ride is at Place Guillaume II.

Top Things to See Besides the Markets

Palais Grand-Ducal

A view of the outside of the Grand Ducal Palace - a stone building with two turrets on either side.

The Grand Ducal Palace is the residence of the royal family of Luxembourg: the duke, duchess, and their children live here. You can tour the palace only during the summer months of the year, so a visit during the Christmas markets is not possible. It’s still worth walking by the palace, though!

Cathedral Notre Dame

The inside of the notre dame cathedral in Luxembourg - with soaring arched ceillings.

Interestingly, this cathedral was originally built in the early 1600’s as a Jesuit church, but was converted to a Catholic church in 1773 and became a cathedral in 1870. This cathedral is large and soaring and is free to enter from 8am-6pm daily, except on Sundays, when it is open 9am-7pm.

There are several free Christmas concerts at this cathedral during the Christmas season. Typically, they are on Sundays, December 5, 12, and 19, from 3-4:30pm.

Practical Information

How Long Do You Need? 

With a full day, you can explore all the Winterlights Christmas market locations and see some of the sites in Luxembourg City. 

This market could also be done as a daytrip from Trier, Germany, which is just a 30 minute drive away and has it’s own, cute village market, or you could do a daytrip to Trier from Luxembourg.

Public Transportation 

Public transport in Luxembourg is free, including the buses, trams, and trains. While you can walk most places in Luxembourg, if you do need any transportation, I would recommend using the bus system the most, as it is really easy and convenient to use and goes around the city.

If you want to find free parking, I would park in the P+R Luxembourg Sud lot on the outskirts of the city and then take the free bus in. It’s a short ride (about 15 minutes) into the main part of Luxembourg.

Some Basics About Visiting the Luxembourg Christmas Market

  • There are no entrance fees to visit the Christmas markets.
  • Currency in Luxembourg is the euro. One euro currently converts to around 1.10-1.30 US dollars.
  • There are some stands that will accept card, but many places will only take cash. There are ATMs around the city, so it’s not hard to find a spot to pull out some euros. 
  • Weekends can get very busy, so if possible, visit the Christmas markets on a weekday.
  • Each market had a free public bathroom you can use – plus, they were very clean!
  • The official languages in Luxembourg are French, Luxembourgish, and German. However, many people also speak English. 

Travel Essentials for the Luxembourg Christmas Market

These are a few of the things I wore or brought with us for our Christmas market tour!

Wool Coat: Like most Christmas markets in Europe, the Luxembourg Christmas market was chilly – I cozied up with this affordable wool coat.

Pom-Pom Beanie: This beanie was cute and warm and comes in a variety of colors.

White sneakers: Comfy shoes are important – you’ll be putting a lot of miles in as you explore the markets. These are my favorite sneakers – they are so soft and cushy!

Green/Black skirt: If you want a fun, festive outfit, this skirt is perfect for the holidays.

Black Tights: These tights are thick and opaque and go well with any winter dress or skirt, or just as another underlayer.

Crossbody Purse: I always bring this cognac crossbody purse with me on trips – I keep it zipped and in front of my body to prevent pickpocketing.

Power Adaptors: Luxembourg uses type C plugs, so if you’re coming from the US, you’ll need a power adaptor. This set is affordable and comes in a 3-pack – perfect so everyone can charge their devices.

Packing cubes: I LOVE using these packing cubes to keep all of my clothes and gear organized in my suitcase (is there anything worse than all your stuff mixed up after one day?)

Power Bank: Being out sightseeing and taking pictures all day can seriously drain your battery. I love this power bank because it gives us several charges and has a digital screen.

Travel Umbrella: If there’s rain in the forecast, this travel umbrella packs down small – easy to stick in a purse or backpack.

Final Thoughts on the Luxembourg Christmas Market

Christmas music was playing overhead, lights were twinkling, hot drinks were flowing freely, and people were having a good time all around. We walked around with giant, cheesy smiles on our faces – the Luxembourg Christmas Market surprised and absolutely delighted us.

It’s a hidden gem Christmas market in Europe, for sure, and one that I would not hesitate to recommend!

And after you’re done in Luxembourg, makek sure to check out some other incredible Christmas markets, such as the Basel Christmas Market, the Colmar Christmas Market, or the Strasbourg Christmas Market.

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