The Essen Christmas market is known far beyond the Ruhr Metropolis for its variety of stalls, its culinary delights and its romantic atmosphere. With its stalls decorated for Christmas, the market stretches around Willy-Brandt-Platz at the main railway station, over Rathenaustrasse parallel to the shopping mile on Kettwiger Strasse up to Kennedyplatz. The Essen Christmas market transforms the city of Essen into a historical village with half-timbered buildings. Every year, more than 250 stands provide a diverse range of culinary treats, pretty trinkets and Christmas traditions: Gift ideas and crafts from all over the world, exotic spices and tasty confectionery alternate with Glühwein stands Christmas biscuits.
The Essen Christmas market in a sea of lights
Every year, the Essen Light Weeks illuminate Essen city centre shortly before the Christmas market opens. On Kennedyplatz, a sparkling light curtain transforms the market into a romantic glittering world. Essen Christmas market also provides thrills and wonderful views over the city of Essen: The ‘Bellevue’ Ferris wheel on Burgplatz, at a height of 56 metres, is the highest mobile Ferris wheel in the world and invites you to enjoy a comfortable ride to lofty heights with breath-taking views – to the north, you can see to the mining tower of Zollverein Mine, the emblem of Essen.
Travel back in time to the Middle Ages at the Essen Christmas market
A real spectacle takes place around Essen Marktkirche. As the Essen Christmas market primarily shows its medieval face and invites you to gather in the firelight with mead, Flammkuchen and medieval delicacies. Incense and handmade soaps, precious stones, furs and lights are exchanged here and you can sit comfortably together with hot mead in the firelight.
Aside from the city centre, the districts Steele, Kettwig and Werden also invite you to the Christmas market, including winter and Christmas markets in Rüttenscheid and at Hugenpoet Castle.