The reaction of visitors entering the roof of this multi-storey car park for the first time is actually always the same: you stop, your eyes get bigger, start to glow, while your hand automatically reaches for your mobile phone to take a picture. Afterwards the festively illuminated stall magic is explored. Beside the CityAlm, about which we have reported here, the beautiful CityXmas Christmas Market is at home until 31 December, where in summer the CityBeach with sand, deck chairs and beach bar provides a holiday feeling in the city centre. “The location was a real stroke of luck“ says Jasmin Ziegler, who set up this Christmas market above the rooftops of Frankfurt. After four years in the Thurn und Taxis Palais, a new location had to be found last year. Then came the offer of the makers of the CityAlm, who had been looking for an opportunity to play on the area around the wooden hut, just in time.
She had taken full risk, said Jasmin Ziegler, and had immediately sealed a cooperation for several years, not knowing whether the concept would be accepted by the people of Frankfurt. But after about two weeks CityXmas is clear: It works! The reasons are quickly identified: On the one hand, of course, there is the combination of festive lighting at the stalls or the Christmas trees set up throughout the grounds with the magnificent view of the Frankfurt skyline. In the dark this creates a very special atmosphere, which is not to be found at the numerous markets “am Boden“.
On the other hand the concept of CityXmas makes the parking garage roof the perfect after work location. There are no stalls with handicrafts and the like, only gastronomy. Many of those who are here have already proven themselves at the Christmas markets in the Thurn und Taxis Palais. For Jasmin Ziegler, one thing was clear from the start: unlike other Christmas markets, every stand here is allowed to sell mulled wine. But the quality of the food offered must also be right for this. Only fresh ingredients are used and there are no disposable products. The visitors should feel comfortable here and should want to come back – best with many friends and acquaintances in tow.