HEAVENUE Cologne – the gay Christmas market!

The pedestrian zone around Sparkasse KölnBonn at Rudolfplatz will be a heavenly place this winter. The local LGBTQ community Christmas market returns this year with a completely new concept: Under new management, with a new name and a new look.

The plaza between Hahnenstrasse and Schaafenstrasse will be transformed into HEAVENUE – a composite word of “Heaven” and “Avenue” – and will shine with a new radiance. Colorful market booths in pop art style, decorated with romantic elements and snow-white garlands, characterize the new look of the market. A sophisticated lighting design consisting of LEDs, chains of lights and special effects will transform the square into a colourful, dazzling sea of lights in the evening – which is sure to put a sparkle in the eyes of visitors. Everyone who walks through the heavenly entrance portal will be transported into a Christmas wonderland!

HEAVENUE is a celebration of special and unusual attractions – starting with the unique mulled wine, created specifically for this Christmas market using red and white wines. There will also be a range of culinary delights to choose from, some of which are not available at any of the other Christmas markets in Cologne, as well as an excellent stage program with well-known artists and stars.

HEAVENUE will present a mixture of well-known exhibitors and new faces during the usual opening hours from 12 noon to 10 p.m. daily from November 26 to December
Fans will be pleased to know that Ernst Klinkerfuss is returning with his now-famous “Almond Lounge,” as will Betty Henneke and her unique, pulled pork food truck. And local celebrity Richard Habben will also be on hand to inspire visitors with his unique Christmas wreaths and other decoration highlights.

New additions include the local start-up “Rheinherz”, a new hot drink made using artisanal methods from regional ingredients such as honey, moxxa coffee and plum or apple juice, which is conveniently served in warmed bottles. The HEAVENUE family has also invited the brothers Rafael and Julian, who call themselves “Churros Bros.” The two brothers are just as sweet as their churros creations – served warm with cinnamon and sugar, liquid chocolate or the brothers’ special creation with homemade dulce de leche and other toppings. Also on the site: the “Burgeria Boys”, creating a culinary sensation with specialties like the well endowed “20cm Bratwurst” and their specially created, glittering “Glamour Burger”. This is exactly what HEAVENUE aims to be: dazzling, colorful and extraordinary.

A special lunch menu is sure to appeal not only to employees of the Sparkasse, Westgate and guests of the surrounding hotels, but also residents, local businesses and tourists.

The soul of every German Christmas market is the mulled wine, served from traditional “Glühwein” huts. With three separate stations, HEAVENUE offers its international visitors a real wine highlight – good for the palate, bottoms up! ABSOLUT- ly Christmasy are the special drink creations from the house PERNOD RICARD, which are served hot and delicious: Hot Malibu, ABSOLUT winter punch and many other varieties.

On the HEAVENUE stage, well-known artists and stars will provide a varied program of high-quality entertainment. Amongst others entertainer DESIREE NICK will present her cheeky Christmas show. High spirits and lots of fun are guaranteed!

Everyone is welcome when the Christmas paradise on Earth opens its doors on November 26. After all: Heaven is a place on Earth!


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