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German Christmas markets are magical places, filled with twinkling lights, the smell of gingerbread and mulled wine, carolers, and of course, great souvenirs. These markets are a must-see for tourists visiting Germany in winter. They provide a perfect opportunity to get away from the bustling city life and enjoy peace and quiet while sipping on hot mulled wine or Glühwein.

Kids will surely love visiting these fairs because they offer something for everyone: merry-go-rounds, skating rinks, food stands selling roasted almonds and sausages… And of course gluhwein at the Altstadt, walk along Königsallee, enjoy the Ferris wheel by the river Rhine and have fun at the ice rink.

In this guide you will find all you need to know about the Christmas market in Dusseldorf to plan ahead your visit with kids.

When: dates to be announced


Here is a short video just to get an idea of what it’s like

Christmas markets in Dusseldorf

There are many Christmas markets in Dusseldorf. All have a unique character. You can start from the Ferris wheel and walk all the way to the Shadow Markt. You will be essentially Christmas-market hopping!

A Family’s Guide To Christmas Markets: Tips on planning your visit with kids
The following tips will help you know what to expect and to plan ahead your Christmas market experience with kids

Handwerker Markt

This is where the Rathaus is, the Old Town Hall. It was built in 1570 and the atmosphere of the Christmas market there is amazing! This is a good place to find handmade gifts as well, as it is called Craftsman market

Weihnachtsmarkt am alten Rathaus
DüsseldorfMarktpl. 3, 40213 Düsseldorf, Germany

Altstadt Markt

Altstadt means old city in German. The market consists of beautiful stalls along Flinger Straße, that resemble facades of old houses. We really enjoyed walking around and stopping at different stalls

There is also this well-known carousel at the Old Town market (this is a photo from before the pandemic, it was not that crowded now!)

Flinger Str.
40213 Düsseldorf, Germany

Sternchen Markt

This market is in the courtyard of a 1920s building!

Sternchenmarkt am Stadtbrückchen
Heinrich-Heine-Allee 53, 40213 Düsseldorf, Germany

Engelchen Markt

This is a very small but charming Christmas market in Dusseldorf. Engelchen means little angel in German, so the decoration is mainly (drum roll!)… little angels. Good stop for a gluhwein on your way to the ice rink!

Weihnachtsmarkt Pavillion
40213, Altstadt, 40213 Düsseldorf, Germany

Ice rink

The ice rink is one of the best parts of the Christmas market in Dusseldorf when visiting with kids. There is a café/restaurant right next to the ice rink

Eislauffläche zur Adventzeit
40212 Düsseldorf, Germany


Walk along the beautifully decorated Königsallee, a lively shopping street with high-end boutiques. If you stand on the bridge near the statue of Triton, you can see the ice rink on one side and the Lichterdom (a light dom) on the other side – great photo location!

Königsallee, 40212 Düsseldorf, Germany

Märchen Markt

This market is named ‘fairy-tale’, because there are fairy-tale wooden figures on top of the stalls. There is also a carousel

40212 Düsseldorf, Germany

Schadow Markt

This market is along Schadowstrasse, another high-end shopping street where you can combine shopping with enjoying the Christmas market

Düsseldorf, Germany

Kö-Bogen Markt

This is one of the least crowded markets. There are stalls with food, where you can enjoy gluhwein and bratwurst

Weihnachtsmarkt Kö Bogen
40212 Düsseldorf, Germany

Just walking around Dusseldorf is worth it this time of the year

Ferris wheel

It’s always a great way to see the city from a different point of view! The Ferris wheel is right next to the Freunde und Förderer des SchifffahrtMuseums im Schlossturm, a museum on ship building in a tower. The St. Lambertus Church is a bit further away and in-between a few steps, where people gather, have a drink and admire the sunset. This is one of the best spots to visit with kids in Dusseldorf during the Christmas market, as kids love the Ferris wheel!

You can see all the way to the Rhine Tower from the Ferris wheel! You can also walk along the Rhine river all the way to the tower. There is a restaurant and a great view there (post on what to do in Dusseldorf coming soon)

Wheel of vision
Burgpl. 28, 40213 Düsseldorf, Germany

Practical stuff

*When: dates to be announced
Sunday – Thursday: 11:00 – 20:00
Friday + Saturday: 11:00 – 21:00
Sunday of the Dead: closed
24.12.23: 11:00 – 15:00
25.12.23: closed
26.12.23: 14:00 – 20:00
Sunday Shopping: 13:00 – 18:00
*Where: There are 7 (!) Christmas markets in Dusseldorf and some attractions like the Ferris wheel and the Lichterdom. See above for practical details and how to go Christmas-market hopping in Dusseldorf
*Cost: Free entrance
*You can find more info on the official site of the Christmas market here
*Parking: we usually park here, as it is centrally located
Road Patrol Parking GmbH
Grabbepl. 4, 40213 Düsseldorf, Germany

Map with Christmas Markets in Dusseldorf

Here is a map with all Christmas markets and points of interest from the Tourism office of Dusseldorf. As alwats, all these are also gathered on the map here

Dusseldorf is about 2 hours drive from Schuman, Brussels (or 3 hours by public transport). It is best to go for the weekend rather than making a day trip


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