Christmas with child: 5 nice activities in the city centre, kiekmo

Christmas market with kids is great. But there are many more festivities you can do with your kids in Hamburg’s city – from ice skating to theatre.

1. ice fun for angels and little rascals

Kids, swing your skids! For example at the ice fun for angels and little rascals in the northern Überseequartier. Here you can glide on a 300 square metre ice rink and three lanes in a colourful glittering backdrop. Children and teenagers up to the age of 18 can even do this free of charge from 12 am to 6 pm. If required, skates and bobbys for small children can also be borrowed. Visitors can start curling at 6 p.m. and start the Christmas party with this team activity. And: On 6 December between 17 and 19 o’clock the Nikolaus comes past – with each quantity of sweets in the luggage.

Info: Überseequartier Nord, 20457 Hamburg (HafenCity); 25 November to 30 December 2019, daily from 12 a.m. to 8.30 p.m.

2. fairy tale ships at the Alster

For more than 30 years, Hamburg’s five fairytale ships on the Binnenalster have been among the most beautiful Christmas offerings for children and families. Here the kids can listen to fairytale stories, have their faces painted to colourful mythical creatures, watch the theatre or bake biscuits. Admission is free, only the baking card costs two euros. On the café ship you can get some refreshments for a small amount of money. Tickets are available daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the “Büro Märchenschiffe” directly at the Jungfernstieg jetty.

Info: Fairytale ships, Jungfernstieg 1, 20095 Hamburg; 25 November to 23 December 2019, daily at different times

3rd Christmas Parade through the city centre

Santa Clauses, elves, reindeer and stilt walkers dressed up in costume marvelously roam the city centre of Hamburg on all four Saturdays in Advent. A feast for the eyes, not only for children. Let yourself be enchanted by the heavenly choreography and the light stagings. The parade takes you through Mönckebergstraße at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. and then along Jungfernstieg.

Info: Mönckebergstraße, 20095 Hamburg; on the Advent Saturdays at 14 and 17 p.m.

4. flying Santa Claus on the town hall market

The Christmas market at the town hall is one of Hamburg’s most beautiful Christmas markets. The scenery with the glittering Christmas trees, the illuminated town hall and the many stalls with delicacies and beautiful things are an experience in themselves. The highlight for your kids is definitely the sledge with Santa Claus, which floats across the square every day at 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., and the toy alley, where a model railway makes its rounds above the heads. If the boys and the Deerns can even get their eyes off the exhibited goods.

Info: Christmas market at the town hall market; 25 November to 23 December 2019, Sun-Thur 11 to 21 hrs, Fri+Sat 11 to 22 hrs

5th Children’s Theatre: “The Robber Hotzenplotz and the Moon Rocket” at Schmidt’s Tivoli

Every year in the pre-Christmas period, Schmidt’s takes families away to foreign worlds with an exciting children’s musical. Not overly kitschy, as is the case in many other houses at this time of the year, but as usual cheeky, entertaining, intelligent and a bit weird. This year you can go hunting for robber Hotzenplotz together with Kasperl and Seppel. The robber is out of the country once again – and on his escape, he’s also been mashing up grandmother’s entire mushroom soup. What does a moon rocket have to do with it? You will experience it.

Info: Schmidt’s Tivoli, Spielbudenplatz 21-22, 20359 Hamburg (St. Pauli); Tickets here

Why did he become a pirate? “The Little Sturgeon Beaker” in Schmidt’s Tivoli. (© Oliver Fantitsch )

Indoor activities for children in Hamburg

This year a very special novelty has opened for children: The fairytale worlds in the Hafencity – that’s how you get maps. And for those who prefer to get lost in the rain, wind and (hopefully) snow, we have these indoor activities for children in Hamburg.

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