Discover the 2019 Hahndorf Christmas Village and Christkindlmarkt

Friday, November 15, 2019

It’s that special time again when you untangle the fairy lights, set up the Christmas tree, and look for the perfect place to get in the holiday spirit. Well, this year don’t look any further than Hahndorf, as the village transforms into a Christmas shopping, dining and entertainment wonderland from 13-15 December 2019. 

With the ever-growing popularity of the Hahndorf Christkindlmarkt, now in its seventh year, and having been listed as #32 in the Best Christmas Markets in the WORLD, there will be additional markets, more entertainment, late-night trading, a children's trail and yuletide delights throughout the village this year.

With plenty for the kids, expect everything from workshops at the Hahndorf Academy, and a mailbox sending wish-lists to the North Pole at our Post office, and the Carols for Kids at the C3 Church each evening.

While the kids are wide-eyed with excitement, make your Christmas pressie shopping an enjoyable adventure, finding beautiful artisan giftware and locally made treasures at the Gathered Market, Pop Market, Christkindlmarkt, and all the wonderful shops.





Photo Opportunities

Main Street, Hahndorf. FREE

Hahndorf has always had the traditional cut-out frames dotted along the street for fun family photos, but we’re taking it to the next level! Have a photo inside the Human Snow Globe and at the Gingerbread Village in Alec Johnston Park, we will have Christmas Elves in the Beerenberg Forest, located in the Pioneer Gardens, for all your family photo fun. This is the perfect opportunity to create a sensational family Christmas card. A number of traders will also be joining in the fun, so look out for more photo opportunities along Main Street.


Santa’s Mailbox

2/57 Main Street, Hahndorf, FREE

Don’t forget to bring your wish lists and letters for Santa. Our Hahndorf Post Office will have a special mailbox, sending mail directly to the North Pole. Make sure each letter clearly has your return name and address as Santa will write back!



Gingerbread Village

Main Street, Hahndorf, FREE

Just like in Germany, Hahndorf will be embracing the tradition of gingerbread at Christmas. Run, run, run, as fast as you can, to go play in the gingerbread garden at Alec Johnson Park. Also, note that Hahndorf now has it's very own Gingerbread Cafe Bean & Bikkie Co. We've added a lot more decorations and a gingerbread boy and girl to be photographed with.



Magical Lighting

Main Street, Hahndorf, FREE

The street will be alive, as the stores along our main street decorate their shopfronts with the magic of lighting and decorations. Even the street posts will be dressed with garlands and twinkling lights.


Santa’s Cave

Main Street, Hahndorf, FREE

The big man in red, Santa Claus, will be setting up his chair in the Heritage Room at the Old Mill Hotel for all the children to visit and share their Christmas wishes.


Children’s Trail

Families can collect their booklet from the Christkindlmarkt (info tent), Visitor Information Centre or Santa’s Cave (Old Mill). Spend some time wandering the Hahndorf Main Street as a family and answer as many questions as you can and post your booklet to Santa, Santa’s letterboxes at locations throughout the village. Post your booklet in Hahndorf to go into the draw to win a nights accommodation for your family at The Hahndorf Resort. *Please note this is a Q&A trail and there will be nothing to collect along the way like last year. 




Hahndorf Academy & Kids Zone

Hahndorf Academy, 68 Main Street, Hahndorf. FREE (workshops $5 - $10)

This unmissable stop on your venture through the Christmas Village is the Kids' Zone, you’ll find fun workshops for $8, where the kids can make tin craft ornaments, Christmas decorations, games and activities.

Cool Crafty Christmas Bunting. $8pp Saturday, December 14th 2pm-8pm
Be an artist and interior designer! Get creative with your bunting with cool colours, paints and designs and you can take home and decorate your bedroom.


Cool Crafty Christmas Tree. $8pp Saturday, December 14th 2pm-8pm
Get festive with cool arts and crafts using washi tape, sparkly paper and recycled bits and bobs to make a decorative Christmas tree to take home.



Gathered Christmas Market

Down the lane between the Blacksmith Cafe and Landhaus Wines, Hahndorf. FREE

Open late all weekend, there’s no way you can miss out on the incredible haul of goodies available from the 70+ stalls in the Gathered White Christmas Market alone. You’ll be able to find something for everyone left on your Christmas present list, from homewares, candles, jewellery, clothing, gardening, skincare and more. Shop around while you sip on wine, nibble on gourmet treats, groove out to the live music entertainment and explore this new magical setting.


Image by Josh Geelen


Corner of Main Street & Auricht Road, Hahndorf. FREE

Hahndorf’s Christkindlmarkt is a European-style market is run by the C3 Church in the Adelaide Hills. It will be back again this year with over 50 stalls, delicious eats and treats, and charming Carols by Candlelight. The highlights of this event include the nighty Carols by Candlelight at 9pm, the nativity and a roaming Santa. There's a reason this beautiful market has been named number 32 in the list of the best Christmas markets in the world...


Late Night Shopfront Trading

Main Street, Hahndorf. FREE

Keeping their doors open late into the night, you can expect extended trading hours from your favourite Hahndorf shopfronts. Pop in and say hello to the locals, while you poke around for stocking fillers. There really is something unique for everyone between all of our Hahndorf Traders.




There’s so much going on, it’s the Christmas event of the year. Get your Christmas shopping done in village-style this year with the abundance of creative locals selling incredible unique gifts, and bring the cheer and magic of the holiday season to your family. We can’t wait to see you there.


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