Christmas Garden Köln

Get aboard to experience a magical journey and let yourself be enchanted by Christmassy splendor at the Christmas Garden Köln.

Visit us from 17 November 2021 to 16 January 2022, from 5.30 pm to 10 pm at the Kölner Zoo.

Safely and Responsibly Organised

Open-air event ★ 2G ★ Comprehensive hygiene concept

Christmas Garden Köln

Get aboard to experience a magical journey and let yourself be enchanted by Christmassy splendor at the Christmas Garden Köln.

Visit us from 17 November 2021 to 16 January 2022, from 5.30 pm to 10 pm at the Kölner Zoo.

Safely and Responsibly Organised

Open-air event ★ 2G ★ Comprehensive hygiene concept

This week, the starting signal is given for the opening of the altogether ten open-air Christmas Garden events in Germany. In the interest of everyone and due to current developments, all locations have switched to the 2G (vaccinated and convalescent) rule. With controlled admission, personalised ticketing, reduced capacities, one-way procedures on the creatively designed trails and admission every 30 minutes, the Christmas Garden is a safe open-air event concept.

In this way, crowding is avoided and spacing can be maintained very well on the extensive grounds. The hygiene concepts of the respective Corona protection ordinances of the federal states are of course implemented and in some states exceeded. We ask that tickets be purchased online in advance to support contactless entry. We run the event safely and responsibly and ask everyone for their understanding for the circumstances.

About Christmas Garden Köln

As twilight falls, the magic begins …

It will not be dark and gloomy in Köln this winter. The Christmas Garden brings light into the dark season – both actually and figuratively – and invites you to take a deep breath and enjoy the anticipation of Christmas in peace and quiet. The Christmas Garden Köln is a pre-Christmas oasis where friends, couples and the whole family can spend an evening in an atmospheric and festive atmosphere. The Christmas Garden takes you on an approximately 2 km long circular walk through the popular Kölner Zoo with numerous glittery illuminations into a magical Christmas world.

In winter 2019, around 950,000 visitors came to this winterly, enchanting highlight in Berlin’s Botanical Garden, Schloss & Park Pillnitz in Dresden, Münster’s all-weather zoo, the Wilhelma in Stuttgart and the Royal Botanical Garden in Madrid. The Christmas Garden is now also coming to the Kölner Zoo as a Christmas destination. Anyone who wants to end the magical winter walk in comfort can treat themselves to delicious hot food and drinks on the romantic circular path or take a winter ride on the nostalgic carousel.


Admission only for Vaccinated and Recovered Persons (2G)

All information about the admission rules can be found here.

Admission Times

To allow you an experience full of atmosphere, the admission is limited for visitors per 30 minutes. Please show up at the admission time shown on your ticket and pass the entrance within the half hour mentioned on your ticket. Example: if you have bought a ticket for 5 pm, you can show up for admission between 5 pm and 5.30 pm. Of course you can stay longer than 30 minutes at the Christmas Garden.

Last admission to the Christmas Garden Köln and to the trail is at 9 pm. We ask for your understanding that the security services will inform the visitors still on the trail from 9.45 pm onwards that the Christmas Garden will close at 10 pm.

Opening Hours

The Christmas Garden Köln is open from 17 November 2021 to 16 January 2022, from 5.30 pm to 10 pm.

The Christmas Garden is closed on the following days: 22, 23, 29, 30 November, 24 and 31 December 2021.

Personalised Ticketing / Re-personalisation of Tickets

Contact tracking is still ensured. We use computerised, personalised ticketing so that the names and contact details of all visitors are available. The requirements of the authorities in this regard are observed as well as the data protection rules according to the DSGVO. Children’s tickets must also be personalised and must contain all the necessary information. Only a personalised ticket then authorises you to enter. We ask you to present the purchased tickets and a photo document (identity card, driving licence, etc.) at the entrance.

If you are unable to attend on the day of the event, you can change your print@home or mobile ticket to a different name in your booking account at The re-personalisation will be done online. Further information can be found here.
If the ticket was sent to you by post, it will be re-personalised on site at the box office. There, you or the new visitor in question would enter the previous ticket and all the above-mentioned details of the new ticket holder. You can find the form here.

We are looking for your most beautiful Photo

Visit the Christmas Garden, go on a magical journey and take your camera to catch your most enchanting moment – because we are looking for your best photo!

This is how it works:

Post your best snapshot from the Christmas Garden with the hashtag #ilovechristmasgarden on Instagram or Facebook from November 17, 2021 to January 18, 2022.

Here's what to win:

1st price: a trip to the Christmas Garden Barcelona 2022 for two people (incl. flight and overnight stay in a 4-star hotel).
2nd to 5th price: two tickets each for the Christmas Garden at the location of your choice

Further information and conditions of participation can be found here.

Christmas Garden Köln - Lichterbaum

Highlights at Christmas Garden

Many unique highlights and the appropriate musical accompaniment were designed exclusively for the Christmas Garden 2021 and can only be experienced here. Let the “Glockenspiel” enchant you – take a fun walk along a sparkling path with countless fairy lights and real, ringing Christmas bells. Or marvel at the “Field of Lights”: on a large meadow, thousands of lightsdots are animated to a perfectly coordinated melody, creating the illusion of a moving, shimmering picture motif.

Christmas Garden Köln - Besuchertipps

Tips for your visit

  • Book your tickets for the Christmas Garden Köln cheaper in advance and save yourself unnecessary waiting times and a surcharge at the box office.
  • Experience has shown that the Christmas Garden has a high number of visitors in particular during the weekends and in the time windows before 7 pm. We, therefore, recommend that you plan your visit during the week and slightly later in the evening.
  • Please inform yourself about the applicable hygiene measures before your visit.

Tickets - easy to buy online

Be enchanted by the most beautiful light spectacle of North Rhine-Westfalia and get your tickets for the most popular days in the Christmas Garden in advance.

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