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International Christmas Market Essen

15th November to 23rd December 2019

If you want to experience the magic of the pre-Christmas season, you should come to Essen’s city centre from 15th November to 23rd December.

The magic of Christmas is in the air in Essen from the 15th November to the 23rd December at the International Christmas Fair in Essen. With its 250 impressively decorated stands, the market is one of the most impressive in the country. Not only does it make the hearts of Christmas holidaymakers beat faster, this year, visitors can look forward to a completely redesigned Willy-Brandt-Platz, where a large LED tree will be shining in the centre of the square.

It is the rage of international products that gives the market its name and that makes it so special. Vendors come from 20 different countries as well as different regions of Germany; folk art from the Erzgebirge, amber jewellery from the Baltics, fashion accessories from Nepal and handicrafts from Africa are just some of the products to be offered. From far away come cooks, who will conjure up a culinary delicacy that can only be enjoyed at the International Christmas Market in Essen: The Peruvian potato. Of course, in addition to all the exotic goods and culinary delights, there is no dearth of traditional Christmas gifts. The medieval market at the Flachsmarkt square carries you away to days gone by. Here, basket weavers, leather crafters and beekeepers celebrate their ancient craft in the light of torches and to the strains of lute music.

Opening hours:
Sun. - Thurs. 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00

Volkstrauertag 17.11.2019 from 14:00 - 21:00
Totensonntag 24.11.2019 the market remains closed

All aglow at the Christmas market and Essen illumination weeks

Picture gallery for the traditional tour of Mayor Thomas Kufen on the International Christmas Market Essen 2018

Further information and contact:

EMG - Essen Marketing GmbH

Tourist Information Office
Am Hauptbahnhof 2
D- 45127 Essen


Telephone: +49 201 19433 or +49 201 88 72333
Fax: +49 201 8872044

Opening times:
Monday to Friday: 10 am to 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 3 pm

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