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City Savvy Guide: Winterlights 2021

by Sydney Bernard

The Winter Market Season is officially upon us! After Winterlights 2020 was canceled, we have been waiting to feel the Christmas spirit again.

Winterlights features nine of the most popular Christmas markets in Luxembourg. The entire family is sure to find fun here with this festival hosting over 100 chalets, 1,000 illuminated decorations, a 13-meter Christmas tree, a Ferris wheel and more rides and attractions.

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Lëtzebuerger Chrëschtmaar

The Lëtzebuerger Chrëschtmaart is the most historic market in the City. This year there are 35 chalets, a 12 meter traditional Luxembourg Christmas tree, a Wanterzuch train to “Wanterbësch” winter forest. Our favorite spectacle is the daily Christmas tree light show that starts at 5:30pm and goes for 1-2 minutes every hour until the last twinkling at 8:30pm.

Opening Day: Friday, November 19th @ 4:00pm

When: Friday, November 19th to Sunday, January 2nd

  • Sunday to Thursday: 11am-10pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 11am-11pm
  • Closed on December 24th and 25th

Where: Place d’Armes

Winterlights on Ice

Skate under the stars in this open-air and partly-covered ice rink. Enjoy a hot drink and get your inner ice-skater out with the Winterlights on Ice!

Opening Day: Friday, November 19th @ 12:00pm

When: Friday, November 19th to Sunday, January 2nd

  • Sunday to Thursday: 11am – 10pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 11am – 11pm
  • Closed on December 24th and 25th

Where: Kinnekswiss Meadow

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WinterKids

Enjoy the first-ever “WinterKids” event, and this new Christmas market is specifically catered for children and their families. The market features children’s workshops, reading sessions, puppet theater, and more.

Opening Day: Wednesday, December 1st at 6pm

When: Wednesday, December 1st to Thursday, December 23rd.

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 4pm – 7pm
  • Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday: 2pm – 7pm
  • Saturday: 2pm – 8pm
  • Exception: Monday, December 6th from 2pm-7pm

Where: Courtyard of the old Athenaeum

Wantermaart

Wantermaart or Winter Market will have over 40 chalets, among other attractions such as a Ferris wheel, giant pyramid, trampolines, and two rides for kids (“Jungle Tour” and “Mon Beau Sapin”). Nearby there are delicious cafés and restaurants where you can dine and take in the magnificent view of the market at night.

Opening Day: Friday, November 19th @ 4:30pm

When: Friday, November 19th to Sunday, January 2nd

  • Sunday to Thursday: 11am- 10pm
  • Fridays and Saturdays: 11am – 11pm
  • Closed on December 24th and 25th

Where: Place de la Constitution

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Niklosmaart

The Nikosmaart or Saint Nicholas Market is even bigger and better with more chalets and attractions this year. We recommend trying the mulled wine and Gromperekichelcher (potato pancakes). They have a “St. Nicholas is waiting” attraction where children can visit and leave their lists for St. Nick on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 3pm-5pm, and between 20/11 to 4/12 in exchange, they will receive a treat.

Opening Day: Friday, November 19th @ 5:00pm

When: Friday, November 19th to Sunday, January 2nd

  • Sunday to Thursday: 11am- 10pm
  • Fridays and Saturdays: 11am – 11pm
  • Closed on December 24th and 25th

Where: Place de Paris

Christmas Lights

The City uses thousands upon thousands of LED lights to create a bright and merry atmosphere around the City. Through this festive display over the years, it has expanded to include colorful statues and thousands of twinkling lights that light up the entire City.

Opening Day: Friday, November 19th @ 5:00pm

When: Friday, November 19th to Monday, January 10th

  • Every day from 6am

Where: Place de Paris

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Christmas Concerts

There are three Christmas Concerts scheduled for the season at the Notre-Dame Cathedral.

When: Sundays from December 5th to December 19th

  • Sunday, December 5th @ 3pm -4:30pm: TRIO ACCORD
  • Sunday, December 12th @ 3pm-4:30pm: Militärmusik
  • Sunday, December 19 @ 3pm to 4:30pm: QUATOR PENSIS & A. Dartavelle

Where: Notre-Dame Cathedral

Concerts are free, just be sure to reserve your tickets here.

Let us know your favorite part of Winterlights below! For more information, visit www.winterlights.vdl.lu.

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