Christmas Market Essen


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Stunning Christmas lights canopy over Christmas market in Essen
© EMG - Essen Marketing GmbH / Frank Vinken

In the early nineteen sixties one of the largest Christmas Markets (Weihnachtsmärkte) in Ruhr Metropolis came into being. With an international theme from a different partner country each year, Essen creates one of the most magical experiences in Germany.

Over 250 stands are gathered on several squares in the city centre and weave their way along the interconnecting Rathenaustrasse. The Christmas flavour is intensified by the scents and tastes of unique gastronomic delicacies.

And the city of Essen makes a point of inviting numerous countries and regions to make a memorable impression by presenting their multicultural products.

But the traditional Essen Light Weeks (Essener Lichtwochen) are the highlight of the Advent period. Incredible light installations create an almost romantic atmosphere through the centre, extending into the new year to the twelfth day of Christmas.

Christmas Markets in the Ruhr, Germany

Christmas market with wooded beamed houses in Hattingen, Germany
© Ruhr Tourismus

Fortunately for expats, the Ruhr Metropolis reveals probably the highest density of Christmas markets in the world. A delightful, highly popular German tradition. A flying Santa, the world’s largest Christmas tree, woodland Christmas village, impressive illuminations and diverse events are highlights.


Ruhr Meeting

Outdoor view of the structures of the Zeche Zollverein
© Ruhr Tourismus / Lueger

Meetings, incentives, conferences, events, MICE, is a global industry constantly in search of the right destination. The fascinating Ruhr Metropolis a short distance from the state capital of Düsseldorf is a big player offering unlimited locations and opportunities.


Light Weeks in Essen

© © EMG

The Essen Light Weeks create a magical atmosphere through the city centre. Many motifs bring light into the darkest period of winter and magnificent bright displays hang above the heads of people strolling by. The Christmas Market runs parallel for several weeks from mid November until Yuletide.




Essen Marketing GmbH

Rathenaustrasse 2

45127 Essen , Ruhr


Phone: +49 201 887 200

Fax: +49 201 887 2022

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