Every year, Cologne hosts one of the largest LGBT events in the world. The organizers of the Cologne Gay Pride have indeed associated with those of the lesbian festival WomenPride to create the Cologne Pride, a 3-day party in the streets and a 2-week festival, which draws over 750,000 people.
The city is also to be innovative and integrates the LGBT community in other events such as the celebration of Christmas.
The Christmas market in Cologne is divided into several parts including a gay and lesbian market, the "Christmas Avenue", launched in 2012. At the beginning, this one had not only fans, like the Catholic Church. Admittedly, the Christmas market is located around the cathedral. But two years later, the market is still there and, although it is much less traditional than other markets, forget the decoration in green, red with holly, pine, ... forget it, "Christmas Avenue "is much more flashy, with electric blue aluminum paper and sheets of hot pink!
But the Christmas spirit remains and this is the most important thing.
“We are trying to keep the Christmas spirit, but offer something different, more welcoming and upbeat,” says Sean Baker, who is in charge of the nightly acts.
The Christmas market is still open until December 23. "Christmas Avenue" is between Sparkasse KölnBonn and Westgate on the Rudolfplatz.