Advent markets open - Dessau aglow with lights

Varied Advent programme and new call for entries for the 2024 Advent market cup painting competition.

The Dessau Advent market in the heart of the city opens its doors on 27 November at 4 pm with the traditional stollen cutting ceremony. Every day until 23 December, over 60 traders will be offering a wide variety of treats, creative decorations, special arts and crafts and much more. A large ice rink made of real ice is the highlight of the market and promises marvellous skating fun for young and old. Fairground rides such as the Ferris wheel and chain carousel are sure to get the hearts of many visitors racing. A colourful stage programme and a visit from Father Christmas round off the varied offerings.

Opening hours: Mon-Thu 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Fri-Sat 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Smaller, atmospheric and magically beautiful Advent markets also attract visitors to the villages of Kochstedt, Waldersee, Mosigkau and Mildensee as well as to St Mary’s Church in Dessau and the moated castle in Roßlau. The varied Advent programme in Dessau-Roßlau is compiled for you at

Call for entries to the painting competition – take part, be creative and win!

Last year, the Dessau-Roßlau City Marketing Association and the organiser of the Dessau Advent market, Grill und Imbiss Merkel GmbH, held a drawing competition for the Advent market cup for the second time. The winner was 10-year-old Luka from Dessau. His fantastic Christmas motif now adorns the mugs at this year’s Advent market.

The mugs can be purchased at the Dessau Advent Market or at the Tourist Information Centre in Dessau at the original price.

A competition is being organised again this year. We are looking for the motif for the 2024 Advent market cup and children aged 6 to 12 can take part. They design a motif on a mug painting template. This will be handed out to primary schools in the city, but can also be collected from the Tourist Information Centres in Dessau and Roßlau or from the city library.

A jury will decide on the submitted mug designs. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, 20 December 2023 at 5 pm at the Dessau Advent market. There will also be great prizes for the top three.

The designed colouring templates can be handed in or sent in by post to the following locations by Wednesday, 13 December 2023

Stadtmarketinggesellschaft Dessau-Roßlau mbH, Kavalierstraße 37-39, 06844 Dessau-Roßlau
Tourist Information Dessau, Ratsgasse 11, 06844 Dessau-Roßlau
Tourist Information Roßlau
Hauptstraße 11, 06862 Dessau-Roßlau

And now it’s time: Get your pens ready!