It’s that time of year again – the season for glühwein, roasted almonds, and Christmas Markets. So, if you’re around the city and looking celebrate, let me introduce you to all there is to see and do in this magical city through the month of December. Welcome to the Dusseldorf Christmas Markets.
Operating Times of the Dusseldorf Christmas Markets
All the Christmas markets across the city run from November 17th to December 23rd this year (2016). The markets cannot be missed as they’re cheerfully presented at all the main points in the city… which brings me to my next point… where?
Where are the Dusseldorf Christmas Markets?
You’re going to have to spend more than just a day exploring the city if you want to visit all the beautiful Christmas markets. Sometimes when the weather isn’t so great (welcome to winter) I spend a few hours on the street car, window shopping past all the markets. Here’s a list of the biggest Christmas markets around from last year (many of them should still be active this year too):
Christmas Market in the Market Square / Burgplatz
You’ve likely passed by here before, the town hall of Düsseldorf turns from an empty square into a winter wonderland. Each Christmas market looks a little different, and they all have some very unique pieces. My favourite part about the market square location is the wood working station by the entrance. You can actually hang around with your mulled wine and hot cocoa watching the creators mould incredible wooden structures for the holidays. Don’t forget to take a ride on the Wheel of Vision while you’re there.
Heinrich-Heine-Allee’s “Little Angels’ Market”
All the market stalls are decked out in beautiful lights and white accents to match the angels’ theme. You’ll enter smelling the delicious scent of roasted chestnuts and continue through the market for some mulled wine and a little one-of-a-kind shopping. If you’re looking for a unique gift, whether it be candles, toys, plates, bowls or pillows… it’s all here!
NOTE: If you come at an odd hour there might actually be a spot for you at the music pavilion for a beverage and an awesome overview of the market stalls.
The meaning in English is “little stars market,” but if I write that in the title you might not find it properly. There is a huge sign at the entrance titled “Sternchenmarkt.” This market is a great place for eating, snacking and drinking. There are a few stands with Christmas gifts and goodies, but the food here is incredible. It is located in the small Wilhelm-Marx-Haus courtyard.
Flinger Straße Christmas Market
There is a market stand at this Christmas market with incredible mulled wine, cherry mulled wine, hot cocoa, and egg liquor. There is also a creperie right next to it, so I can foresee you spending just as much time here as I typically do. The market stand has a pyramid on top with some of the stars around the city – you won’t miss it. Most of the stalls on this street are designed to look like old traditional Düsseldorf homes.
Schadowplatz Christmas Market & Schadow Straße
If you’re looking to do some real shopping, Schadowplatz is the place to be. In addition to the large shops and malls around the area, this Christmas Market offers a beautiful white Christmas filled with mulled wine (both red and white). This market has been carefully designed to include both high-class fashion and a beautiful Christmas experience.
Jan-Wellem-Platz Christmas Market
There’s an ice rink in the center of the Christmas Market – I know, right? You’ll find all there is to eat and drink here at Gustaf-Gründgens included mulled wine, potato pancakes, roasted chestnuts and the famous ooey-gooey cheesy goodness – raclette. This is a great market for the whole family.
2016 Special: Nordic Christmas Market at Stahlwerk
This year for the first time ever, Stahlwerk is presenting their Nordic Christmas Market. When you’re ready for some new foods and finds for the holidays, Stahlwerk will be opening their doors from December 1st – December 11th (starting at 5:00pm).
Don’t forget, there are many others scattered around the outskirts of the old town as well including Benrath Schloss, Weihnachtsdorf in Unterbilk, Weihnachtsmarkt an der Nordstrasse, and many more!
Which Dusseldorf Christmas Market will you be visiting this year?