International Christmas Market Essen International Christmas Market Essen
International Christmas Market Essen International Christmas Market Essen

Inter­national Christmas Market Essen

The pre-Christmas magic

Essen makes Christmas dreams come true

12 November until 23 December 2021

The scent of roasted almonds, potato pancakes and mulled wine fills the icy air. The squares and shopping streets of Essen's city centre are aglow with lights. Welcome to the International Christmas Market Essen! With around 170 stalls, it is one of the greatest Christmas markets in Germany and has won several awards for its diversity and beauty. Spread throughout the city centre, the huts stand under a sea of twinkling lights - an atmosphere that makes a visit contemplative and dreamlike.

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Opening hours

12 November – 23 December 2021
daily from 11am to 9pm
Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 10pm

Volkstrauertag (Remembrance Day, 14 November 2021) from 2pm to 9pm
Totensonntag (Sunday of death, 21 November 2021) the market is closed

Sunday on sale 12.12.2021

Tuesday = Student day
Wednesday = Family Day

There is a deposit system for cups and glasses. | © EMG

Sustainable Christmas Market

In keeping with the tradition of the "European Green Capital 2017", the theme of "sustainability" plays a major role at the International Christmas Market.

  • Only "green electricity" will be used.
  • All caterers will dispense with disposable plastic tableware for consumption on site.
  • There is a deposit system for cups and glasses.
  • There is an absolute ban on plastic bags.
  • The organisers attach importance to regional, fair trade and organic products as well as a good ecological balance when choosing traders.
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Impressions of the International Christmas Market Essen

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Because of the current situation, we cannot always guarantee that everything will take place or is open, as stated here. Please also inform yourself at the respective institution or the organizer about the current special features.
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