Inter­national Christmas Market Essen

The pre-Christmas magic

Unique glow of lights

Christmas time is light time, and this one is unique in Essen. It sparkles and glows on all the streets and squares in the city centre. Trumpeting angels join starry arches and chandeliers, and illuminated real fir trees join artfully crafted LED trees. A net of thousands of lights covers Kennedyplatz. Highlights this year - especially but not only for the little visitors - are the numerous new light animals as well as the popular teddy bear complete with Christmas letterbox.

Light wheel

High above the illuminated city, the passengers of the "Wilhelm+Söhne" showmen's wheel of light float. But not only the city is illuminated, the spokes and gondolas of the wheel also shine in changing colours.


31.10.2021 - 08.01.2022:

  • daily 11:00 - 21:00
  • Except 14.11.2021 | 14:00 - 21:00 and 31.12.2021 | 14:00 - 22:00

The light wheel will be closed on:

  • 21.11.2021 | 24.-26.12.2021 | 01.01.2022


  • Adult: 5,- €
  • Child: 3,- €

Christmas offer during the whole Christmas market (12.11. to 23.12.2021): 2 adults + 2 children 0,50 € reduction per person

Light Wheel | © Claudia Anders
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