15 Popular German Christmas Market Food & Drinks [+Recipes]

Classic German Christmas Market Food and Drinks – With Recipes To Try Yourself!

Looking to get your food fix at German Christmas Market food stalls?

Wondering how that might go this year… all things considered? You can always bring the Christmas market food ideas to you!

german christmas market foods and drinks potato pancaked and mulled wine
You’ll find all of these German Christmas Market food and drink classics in the recipes below!

It’s actually really easy to create some of the most popular food and drinks you find at quintessential German Christmas Markets.

From crispy potato pancakes to festive drinks like gluhwein (mulled wine), there are plenty of sweet or savory foods you can whip up!

mulled wine and eierpunsch in boot mugs on wooden table
Our boot mugs of Eierpunsch and mulled wine at a German Christmas Market!

For a number of reasons, we’re huge fans of German Christmas markets. Of course, one reason is that Lisa was born and raised in Germany but it goes much beyond that.

Having lived together in Europe and travelled around much of Germany together, we’re so lucky to have experienced many different German Christmas markets.

From the many markets of Cologne to markets in Aachen and Berlin, they are all slightly different. This means that you can find similar treats mixed in with regional treats at each one!

german chrtistmas market in aachen with cathedral in background
Our Christmas Market shot from the German city of Aachen!

Christmas markets are actually a very important part of the pre-christmas time for many Germans. Even small towns usually have some form of Christmas market for at least a weekend in December.

Of course, the bigger Christmas markets last for much longer than that and attract locals and visitors alike.

So, if you’re looking to dive into the Christmas season and bringing a little Europe to you, here’s our grand list of German Christmas market food and drinks.

We’ve created recipes for most of the foods and drinks mentioned below – and we’ll be sure to add more as we make them!

German Christmas Market Food and Drinks

Looking to indulge in German Christmas Market food and drinks at home? There are lots of easy, festive, definitely-not-healthy, German market foods that you can make!

From classic potato pancakes (Reibekuchen) and German candied almonds (Gebrannte Mandeln) to sweet marzipan potatoes (Marzipankartoffeln), here are some awesome sweet and savory holiday recipes that you can try!

We've even thrown in some recipes for traditional German holiday drinks like Glühwein (mulled wine), Eierpunsch (egg punch), and more!

Fried Mushrooms

We are not really sure why, but fried mushrooms are also often found at German Christmas markets. Sometimes you can even find mushrooms that have been breaded and then deep-fried.

Definitely give them a try if you are a fan of mushrooms! Unfortunately, we don't have a recipe for fried mushrooms on our site yet, but we'll try to make one soon!


There is probably no Christmas market in Germany where you can't find at least one type of sausage.

Bratwurst is of course a classic, but you can also often find knackwurst or even currywurst as dinner options at German markets.

If you're a meat-lover you typically won't have a shortage of options!


Sauerkraut is probably one of the German foods that is known internationally - and it can also be found at German Christmas markets.

It's often served as a side to sausages or as a meal with Schupfnudeln or potatoes and will give you a good base for some mulled wines.

Candied Apples

Candied - or chocolate covered - apples and other fruits are a classic dessert item found at German Christmas markets.

They are popular among kids due to their vibrant colors and uniqueness - but of course, adults also like to eat them.

When Lisa was a kid, getting a candied apple at the Christmas market always felt like such a treat since it was something that wasn't eaten any other time.

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