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Dusseldorf Christmas Market

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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.

I want to take all of you, especially those who love exploring new places, on a virtual tour to Dusseldorf’s magical Christmas markets. We’ll go from the glowing Ferris wheel to the intriguing Shadow Markt to the fun ice rink. Ready to bring some extra sparkle to your Christmas? Let’s go!

When: 23.11-30.12.2023

Video

Here is a short video just to get an idea of what the Christmas market in Dusseldorf is like!

How Many Christmas Markets Are There in Dusseldorf?

In Dusseldorf, there are 7 Christmas markets, each with its own special style. You can begin at the Ferris wheel and then walk to the Shadow Markt. You will be essentially Christmas-market hopping!

Map with Christmas Markets in Dusseldorf

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

Start from the Ferris Wheel and walk all the way to the Shadow Market.

1. 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.

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.

This is one of the best spots to visit with kids in Dusseldorf during the Christmas market, as kids love the Ferris wheel!

Address: Wheel of vision
Burgpl. 28, 40213 Düsseldorf, Germany

2. Handwerker Markt

Imagine a cute Christmas village. Now, picture it in front of Düsseldorf’s Rathaus, or City Hall. That’s what the Handwerker-Markt in Marktplatz is like!

The Old Town Hall was built in 1570 and the atmosphere of the Christmas market there is amazing. This is a good place to find handmade gifts – it is called Craftsman Market after all!

You can choose from lots of red stalls. They’re filled with things made by hand. There’s even a life-sized Nativity scene. Plus, there’s a really beautiful tree decorated right in the center.

Address: Weihnachtsmarkt am alten Rathaus
Düsseldorf Marktpl. 3, 40213 Düsseldorf, Germany

3. 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 for handmade items and treats.

Don’t miss this well-known pyramid at the Old Town market. You can get Gluhwein from there!

Address: Flinger Str. 40213 Düsseldorf, Germany

4. Sternchen Markt

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

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

5. 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. This is a good stop for a gluhwein on your way to the ice rink.

This tiny Christmas market is located in Heinrich-Heine-Platz. It is small but full of magic!

Address: Weihnachtsmarkt Pavillion
40213, Altstadt, 40213 Düsseldorf, Germany

6. 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
Address: 40212 Düsseldorf, Germany

7. Königsallee

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!

Address: Tritonenbrunnen
Königsallee, 40212 Düsseldorf, Germany

8. 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.

This market is a super fun place to bring kids. There’s even a Christmas Tower! People read stories out loud there, and guess what? On certain days, you can actually see Sankt Nikolaus, the german equivalent of Santa Claus!

Address: Schadowplatz
40212 Düsseldorf, Germany

9. Schadow Markt

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

Address: Schadowstraße
Düsseldorf, Germany

10. Kö-Bogen Markt

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

Address: Weihnachtsmarkt Kö Bogen
40212 Düsseldorf, Germany

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

Dusseldorf Christmas Markets with Kids

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 enjoy gluhwein and hot chocolate at the Altstadt, walk along Königsallee, go up the Ferris wheel and have fun at the ice rink.

These Christmas market tips will help you know what to expect and to plan ahead your visit with the family.

Read more: Tips for Visiting a Christmas Market with kids

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Here are the best things to do in Dusseldorf with kids, where to stay and practical tips.

Read more: Dusseldorf with Kids

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
*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

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