The Christmas market in Dusseldorf’s market square sees the highest amount of foot traffic, enticing visitors with a 100-year-old vintage carousel and a hand-carved, life-sized manger from Bethlehem. Rows of replicas of the brick building of the Renaissance city hall offer an irresistible array of Christmas ornaments, trinkets, and mouth-watering food. A unique attraction of this traditional market is that glass blowers and wood turners demonstrate their amazing skills and sell their wares made on the spot.
The Engelchenmarkt (Little Angel Market) is designed on the Art Nouveau theme and is considered the prettiest of all the markets in the city. Studded with wrought-iron angels, the chic Heinrich-Heine-Platz basks in “heavenly” charm during these four weeks. Light from a thousand bulbs reflect off the golden angels, creating a truly magical spectacle. The stalls designed with intricate flower motifs add to the romance of the setting.
Right next to Heinrich-Heine-Platz, the smaller Christmas market at Flinger Straße draws visitors with the irresistible aroma of Christmas candy and gingerbread, fresh crepes and Glühwein (mulled wine). In this market, the little huts selling Christmas goodies are designed after the city’s historic townhouses and are laboriously hand-painted.
This Christmas market is all set to delight visitors with a White Christmas, with a unique Scandinavia theme. Traditional white stalls topped with white illuminated stars and drenched in shimmery white light are a striking contrast against the futuristic architecture of Kö-Bogen. A visit to this Christmas market can always be combined with a last-minute Christmas shopping spree at the nearby rows of shops.
The Christmas market at Schadowstraße is a family favorite, thanks to the colorful, musical carousels. This small Christmas market is chock-a-block with delightful huts selling a vast assortment of craft items, beer mugs, and souvenirs. It is also a great place to shop for Christmas ornaments. And, of course, the Christmas market is best enjoyed while sipping on a steaming mug of mulled wine.