Essen in Christmas splendor

Shopping, Markets & Fairs
© Ralf Schultheiß / EMG Walk on Kennedyplatz under a twinkling network of lights.

Experience a glamorous time before Christmas and come to the Essen International Christmas Market from Nov. 17 to Dec. 23.

In this year's online election of the "European Best Christmas Markets," this Christmas market was voted 1st in Germany and even 6th in all of Europe. The Christmas market spans the entire city center and you only have to walk a short distance to get from square to square. The center is the Kennedyplatz. Here you can stroll past the stalls under a twinkling network of lights and be inspired by the variety of products. As the name suggests, there are about 170 retailers from nearly 20 countries around the world. There are Christmas decorations from Israel, ornaments from the Baltic states and delicacies from France. You can experience a trip to days gone by at the medieval market. Here quaintly dressed merchants sell their leather goods, jewelry or honey wines by torchlight and juggler music. The Christmas market derives its uniqueness from its very special glow of light. Since the 1920s, the Essen Light Weeks have provided a very special and magical Christmas atmosphere during Advent with changing light motifs. Let yourself be enchanted!

International Christmas Market Essen November 17 to December 23, 2023  

Nov. 19, 2023 market only opens at 2 p.m.  

November 26, 2023 the market remains closed  

Shopping Sunday on December 17, 2023  

Essen Light Weeks October 29, 2023 to January 6, 2024  

Since the 1920s, Essen's Light Weeks have caught the eyes of children An absolute must when visiting a Christmas market: a cup of fragrant mulled wine.


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