The Best Christmas Markets in Dusseldorf

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© Gellinger / Pixabay
Photo of Anwesha Ray
3 October 2017

Just when the winter chill sets in over the Rhine, Dusseldorf’s Christmas markets open their doors to offer locals and tourists a galore of festive cheer, a riot of lights and colors, and dollops of fun. For four weeks (the last week of November to the last week of December), the seven Christmas markets in Dusseldorf transform the city into an enchanting land, each one offering something unique.

Christmas Market in Marktplatz

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.

Marktplatz, 40213 Dusseldorf, Germany

Little Angel Market on Heinrich-Heine-Platz

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.

Heinrich-Heine-Platz, 40213 Dusseldorf, Germany

Christmas Market on Flinger Straße

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.

Flinger Straße, 40213 Dusseldorf, Germany

Little Star Market in Stadtbrückchen

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Christmas trinkets
Christmas trinkets | © Ivan Borisov / Flickr
The Sternchenmarkt (Little Star Market) celebrates the magic of Christmas with a sea of crystals and shimmering stars that illuminate the Christmas market in a myriad of hues in the most magical way possible. People of all ages flock to this Christmas market as much for its beauty as for its delicious array of food. Sizzling sausages, oven-hot chips, and yummy cakes are happily munched on and washed down with Glühwein by huge merry crowds.

Christmas Market on Schadowplatz

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.

Schadowplatz, 40212 Dusseldorf, Germany

Christmas Market at the Kö-Bogen (Jan-Wellem-Platz)

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Christmas Cake at market
Christmas Cake at market | © macchi / Flickr
This chic, super cool Christmas market at the Kö-Bogen is a big hit with youngsters, all thanks to its unique offering – an ice rink! Children can also happily go round and round in the carousel or take part in exciting activities in a tent especially designed for children. As an added bonus, this market offers great views of Dusseldorf’s green lungs – the Hofgarten. The wooden hut-shaped stalls sell all the usual Christmas goodies.

Christmas Market on the Schadowstraße

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.

Schadowstraße, 40212 Dusseldorf, Germany