7 Most Delightful Christmas Markets In Düsseldorf, Germany - Updated 2021

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Isha
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As one of the largest cities of Germany, Düsseldorf is home to many attractions that bring millions of visitors to the city each year. And one of the major tourist draws of the city are its numerous Christmas markets. The city bids adieu to the moderate weather of fall and welcomes winter with open arms by way of its magical holiday markets. During a period of approximately four to six weeks, the squares and streets of Düsseldorf transform into wintry wonderlands full of quaint market shops selling handicrafts, gifts, Christmas ornaments, jewellery, home decor items and Christmas treats like mulled wine and hot chocolate. Themed Christmas markets are a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays with your loved ones and for the best experiences, simply scroll down for our recommendations of the most delightful Christmas markets in Düsseldorf, Germany.

1. Handwerker Markt

Posted by Visit Düsseldorf on Friday, 24 November 2017

As the holiday season approaches, the Marktplatz of Düsseldorf transforms into a little Christmas village with cute red houses selling all kinds of Christmas wares. Handwerker Markt is well-known for its handicraft articles like candle holders, kitchenware and home decor items made by expert craftsmen. Visitors can also enjoy demonstrations by woodworkers, pewterers, painters and glass blowers. A hand-carved and life-size Nativity scene, a century-old carousel and several food and drink stalls are also present at this Christmas market.

Handwerker Markt

Address: Marktplatz, 40213 Düsseldorf, Germany

Opening hours: Nov 25 - Dec 24: Sun - Thu: 11am - 8pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 9pm (Dec 24: 10am - 2pm)

2. Altstadt Markt


Sandwiched between Marktplatz and Heinrich-Heine-Platz is the lovely Altstadt Markt (Old Town Market) in Düsseldorf. Surrounded by the picturesque buildings of Old Town, the shops in this Christmas market are designed like old Düsseldorf burgher houses. The shops sell all manner of Christmas goodies like gorgeous Christmas ornaments, ceramics, handmade decorations, etc. Don’t forget to buy a cup of traditional mulled wine at the hard-to-miss Christmas pyra­mid in the centre of the market.

Altstadt Markt

Address: Flinger Straße, 40213 Düsseldorf, Germany

Opening hours: Nov 22 - Dec 30: Sun - Thu: 11am - 8pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 9pm (Dec 24: 10am - 2pm)

3. Sternchen Markt

Wilhelm-Marx-Haus in Duesseldorf-Stadtmitte, von Suedwesten
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Situated in the courtyard of the historical Wilhelm Marx Haus is the adorable Sternchen Markt (Little Star Market). This market is famous for its amazing display of lights that makes the whole place resemble a sea of lights. Right after the sunset, the decorations come to life, with countless crystals and light fixtures that appear as if ‘floating above’. The shops are shaped like little huts covered in snow and sell a delectable array of items like handicrafts, home furnishings and decor, gifts, jewellery and treats like mulled wine, traditional snacks, etc.

Sternchen Markt

Address: Wilhelm Marx House, Grabenstraße 17, 40213 Düsseldorf, Germany

Opening hours: Nov 21 - Dec 30: Sun - Thu: 11am - 8pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 9pm; Dec 24: 11am - 3pm; Dec 26: 2pm - 8pm (closed from Mon - Thu; Nov 24 & Dec 25)

4. Engelchen Markt

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Engelchen Markt (Little Angel Market) is probably the prettiest and most popular Christmas market in Düsseldorf. Setting a heavenly tone for the market are the adorable little angels that can be seen almost everywhere you look. The shops are in the shape of market huts adorned with angel figurines and decorative wrought-iron motifs. In the centre of the market is an Art Nouveau music pavilion that sells hot mulled wine, hot chocolate, traditional sweets and biscuits, etc.

Engelchen Markt

Address: Heinrich-Heine-Platz, 40213 Düsseldorf, Germany

Opening hours: Nov 21 - Dec 30: Sun - Thu: 11am - 8pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 9pm; Dec 24: 11am - 3pm; Dec 26: 2pm - 8pm (closed from Mon - Thu; Nov 24 & Dec 25)

5. Märchen Markt


Highlighting the wintry-white theme of Christmas is the redesigned Märchen Markt in Schadowplatz, Düsseldorf. Set up to resemble a Scandinavian village in winter, the market stalls are shaped like huts covered in snow and adorned with twinkling lights that give it a magical fairytale-like glow. Many traditional Christmas treats can be enjoyed here including staples like mulled wine and hot snacks. A range of kid-friendly activities are also available here.

Märchen Markt

Address: Schadowplatz, 40213 Düsseldorf, Germany

Opening hours: Nov 21 - Dec 30: Sun: 11am - 8pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 9pm; Dec 24: 11am - 3pm; Dec 26: 2pm - 8pm (closed from Mon - Thu; Nov 24 & Dec 25)

6. Kö-Bogen Markt


Evoking a romantic charm combined with the bustle of luxury shopping on the Kö-Bogen promenade is the Kö-Bogen Markt. The market provides amazing views of the picturesque Hofgarten and is well-known for providing live music throughout the holiday season. Cute wooden huts in the market sell Christmas goodies like mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, bratwurst, cookies, etc. Visitors can also shop for ceramics, woollens and gifts made from wood or metal under the magical Christmas lights. A special children’s activity tent is also popular here. Additionally, what none of the other markets have is a live session of music at the pavilion between 7pm to 8pm every day.

Kö-Bogen Markt

Address: Jan Wellem Square, 40213 Düsseldorf, Germany

Opening hours: Nov 21 - Dec 30: Sun - Thu: 11am - 8pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 9pm; Dec 24: 11am - 3pm; Dec 26: 2pm - 8pm (closed from Mon - Thu; Nov 24 & Dec 25)

7. Schadow Markt

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Rubbing shoulders with high-street shops and retailers is the Schadow Markt in Düsseldorf. This Christmas market can be called a ‘market’ in the loosest sense since it is a few Christmas-y stalls lined up on and around Schadowstraße. Nevertheless, they will add a Christmas cheer to your shopping spree! Visitors can enjoy mulled wine, hot snacks, traditional sweets and shop for decorative items and craftworks. A merry-go-around is also available for children’s entertainment.

Schadow Markt

Address: Schadowstraße 60, 40213 Düsseldorf, Germany

Opening hours: Nov 21 - Dec 30: Sun - Thu: 11am - 8pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 9pm; Dec 24: 11am - 3pm; Dec 26: 2pm - 8pm (closed from Mon - Thu; Nov 24 & Dec 25)

Christmas cheer in Düsseldorf

Christmas market in Düsseldorf at the Marktplatz
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Christmas time is probably the most cheerful time of the year across the world. And setting the mood for the holiday season in Düsseldorf are the cheerful Christmas markets scattered across the city. To get in on all the festivities, be sure to check out our list of the most delightful Christmas markets in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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Isha is a former corporate nobody. She lives a quiet life of travelling, writing, and minding her own business.

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