Christmas shopping and culture in Luxembourg City

Luxembourg City is a wonderful place for Christmas shopping, with its excellent range of shops and lively festive atmosphere. The quaint, historic streets (recognised as a World Heritage Site by Unesco) are illuminated by the annual “Winterlights” festival. Furthermore, Luxembourg is the safest town in the world, according the international consultants Mercer. Pay us a visit for a relaxed, charming and carefree Christmas shopping experience.

If you’re looking for the perfect holiday gift, Luxembourg is the place for you! Shoppers are particularly attracted by the high-end, designer brands on offer, as confirmed in a recent report by the consultants CIMA Baratung. Clothes and shoes are the mainstay, but there is also an interesting choice of jewellery, ceramics and household items. The Grand-Rue, rue du Curé, avenue de la Porte-Neuve, and avenue de la Gare attract the biggest crowds, and the numerous side streets are also full of interesting surprises. Alternatively, take in the grandeur of the avenue de la Liberté, which was ranked as the second most prestigious and attractive avenue in the world by the “Mystery Shopping” report (2012). For this they took into account the atmosphere in the shops, and the level of customer service. As well, the “Commerce Design Luxembourg” competition highlighted 18 shops for the high quality of their interior design.

Shops are open on all Sundays leading up to Christmas, from 26th November to 31st December. Most of the shops open from 14:00 to 18:00. On the 24th & 31st December the shops open from 10:00 to 16:00. You can leave your car behind, because city buses are free at the weekend when the shops are open. After the festivities, the sales will run from the 29th December until the end of the month.

Shopping is only part of the story. The varied Christmas markets dotted around the city will delight young and old. Once again this year there will be a big wheel, merry-go-rounds, and a temporary ice rink, as well as traditional and innovative stalls selling food, drink, novelties, and gifts. The markets will be open every day until well into the evening, enlivening the city’s streets and squares.

Street entertainment is a traditional part of the run up to Christmas, notably the annual St Nicholas parade. “Luxembourg Light Nights” will feature illuminations and animated projections onto several prominent building facades, thus telling fascinating stories. What better time of year to enjoy the winding, cobbled streets and historic fortifications of the old town? There will also be an advent circus throughout the month of December.

A rich cultural programme is planned for the winter season. The Modern Art Museum (Mudam) is hosting a major retrospective of the work of Luxembourgish artist Su-Mei Tse, winner of the Golden Lion at the 2003 Venice Biennale. History lovers will enjoy the renovated Lëtzebuerg City Museum, which engages with visitors as it explains the capital’s 1000 years of existence. The National History and Art Museum provides wider context, tracing social and artistic lives since the Stone Age. Alternatively, visit the bright, attractive National Natural History Museum which has recently reorganised its permanent collection. If you would like to visit several museums in the city and beyond, you can save money with the “Luxembourg Card” tourist passport.

Theatre and music lovers should have a look at the varied programmes on offer. At the Grand Théâtre the highlight will be performances of the hit musical Evita throughout December. At the Philharmonie, music enthusiasts will enjoy Christmas concerts on 20th and 21st December featuring works by Charpentier and Bach, with a New Year’s Concert on 5th January.

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Publication date
16 October 2017
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