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Cologne’s Pink Christmas Market Returns and Now Even Bigger!

by our Editors in Events & Agenda , 13 november 2013

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This year, after last year’s very successful first edition, the Pink Christmas Market will again take place. From November 25 until December 25, the premises of the “Sparkasse KölnBonn” on the Mauritiuswall, corner Schaafenstraße will change into a colorful “Christmas Avenue.”

Because of the large number of visitors and the popularity of the event in 2012, the organization has increased the surface area of the market. Compared to last year, almost twice as many stalls can present themselves to the numerous visitors from all over the world. New are a stall for ceramic art, an XXL stall with hot Christmas cocktails, and something very special - a stall with Christmas accessories for dogs.

Traditionally, the Christmas markets in Cologne are very popular and are visited by over four million people every year. Besides the traditional markets near the cathedral or the Neumarkt, the pink Christmas market “Christmas Avenue” is also looking forward to receiving guests from all over the world.

Last year, more than 120,000 people visited “Christmas Avenue.” Besides Cologne’s GLBTs, there were quite a lot of curious heterosexuals and tourists among the visitors. The rich drink offerings include typical Christmas specialities such as hot Aperol Spritz and tasteful eggnog. Even warm cocktails are available!

The “Christmas Avenue” excels in its unique light designs, music full of atmosphere, high-class products and culinary highlights, combined with a theater programed that changes daily. Next to the compulsory Glühwein and Christmas cakes, there are colorful stalls with art objects and somewhat alternative Christmas decorations. The Christmas market isn’t only an attractive and cosy meeting place for GLBTs, but for all walks of life. Everyone is welcome.

Unlike last year, “Christmas Avenue” will now open daily at 12 o’clock at the request of its visitors. At the main stage, this year will also see the presentation of the who’s who of Cologne’s GLBT artists. “This time,the stage will be at the foot of the market on the Schaafenstraße, to give more visitors an optimal stage view,” says Thomas Fasshauer, one of the organizers.

The “Christmas Avenue” yet again has a familiar colorful and cheerful look. Every stall will be extravagantly “wrapped” in different materials. As it was last year, the creative agency “heilight” from Neuss is responsible for the entire design.

Because of huge media interest in the “very first pink Christmas market,” but mostly because of positive feedback from over 120,000 visitors, the “Christmas Avenue” with its unique Christmas spirit will enrich Cologne’s Christmas markets for the next five years to come.

Cologne's gay & lesbian Christmas market
November 25 - December 23
between the barscène Schaafenstrasse and Rudolfplatz
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