Düsseldorf’s Christmas Market scene is known for its seven unique themed markets, which are all scattered around the city and decorated in different (yet beautiful) ways.
While its markets aren’t as famous as its nearby counterparts in Cologne, a visit to Düsseldorf for Christmas can be a lot of fun, especially when bundled with all the wonderful shopping opportunities in the city, and (if you’re a fan) the wide array of excellent Japanese food.
Fun fact: Düsseldorf is home to the largest Japanese community in Germany, so you’ll find some of the best Japanese food in the country here.
We first visited this Christmas market in 2018 and loved exploring all the different markets (and taking day trips to nearby cities!).
Looking to learn more about Düsseldorf Christmas market, or perhaps need some guidance on planning your own trip there?
In this post, we’ll be covering…
- Practical Info for Düsseldorf Christmas Market
- Why Visit Düsseldorf Christmas Market?
- Christmas Markets in Düsseldorf to Visit
We hope you find it helpful and interesting!
Practical Info for Düsseldorf Christmas Market
Here are some quick must-knows for Düsseldorf Christmas Market this year:
- Dates: November 18 to December 30, 2021
- Official website: Click here
In need of a place to stay? Here are some quick hotel recommendations:
- Budget: Check prices and availability
- Mid-Range: Check prices and availability
- Luxury: Check prices and availability
Why Visit Düsseldorf Christmas Market?
Wondering if Düsseldorf’s Christmas markets are worth visiting? Here are some reasons to add it to your list:
There’s seven different themed Christmas markets in Düsseldorf’s city center alone, meaning you have plenty of different markets to browse during your trip.
Other Christmas Markets Nearby
Düsseldorf is easily connected to other cities in North Rhine Westphalia by train, which means easy day trips to…
- Dortmund (to see the largest Christmas tree in the world!)
- Duisburg (home to the longest running Christmas market in Germany)
- Essen (a very underrated Christmas market)
- And even Cologne (known to be one of the most spectacular Christmas market cities in Germany)
PRO TIP: Take advantage of a North Rhine Westphalia regional ticket (a SchönerTagTicket NRW ticket) and enjoy unlimited transport in the region for a day.
Christmas Markets in Düsseldorf to Visit
In Düsseldorf’s city center, there are 7 main themed markets that you’ll find throughout the festive season. Here they are:
Düsseldorf’s Engelchen-Markt (little angel’s market) in Heinrich-Heine-Platz is a tiny but atmospheric gem that sells all sorts of wonderful goodies, from tins of tea and cookies to hand-crafted slippers.
Of all the Düsseldorf Christmas markets we visited, this was my favourite.
Highlights include the golden, angel-topped stalls and a cute little music pavilion in the center which (of course) is a great place to sip glühwein!
With the lovely backdrop of Düsseldorf’s Rathaus (City Hall), Düsseldorf’s Handwerker-Markt in Marktplatz is a charming Christmas village come to life.
Here, you can take your pick from dozens of red hut-like stalls selling handcrafted items. There’s even a hand-carved life-sized Nativity scene here, along with a gorgeously decorated centerpiece tree.
Location: Flinger Straße
Scattered along Flinger Straße, you’ll find the Altstadt-Markt, with adorably decorated stalls made to look like Düsseldorf burgher houses.
Combined with the Old Town’s colourful facades, this market is one of the most whimsical ones you’ll find in the city, with plenty of stalls selling handmade ornaments and other Christmas goodies.
PS: Don’t miss the big Christmas pyramid here selling glühwein, filled with figurines that represent some important public figures from the city.
Location: In the inner courtyard of Wilhelm-Marx-Haus
Housed in a cozy courtyard, the Sternchen-Markt has an adorable blue and white colour scheme, with charming sky blue huts topped with fluffy globs of snow.
You’ll find a mix of stalls here selling jewelry, handicrafts and delicious treats, and while the market itself is tiny, it’s definitely worth a quick stop for its whimsical atmosphere.
Branded as the “fairytale market”, this Düsseldorf Christmas Market has huts topped with characters from the Grimm’s Brother fairytales.
This is definitely a great market to visit with kids. You’ll even find a Christmas Tower here where stories are read out loud and the visitors have the chance to see Father Christmas himself on select days!
Location: Along Schadowstrasse
Contrary to its name, the Schadow-Markt isn’t so much its own market as it is just a strip of stalls along one of Düsseldorf’s main shopping streets.
It’s not the coziest market (after all, it’s surrounded by big box retailers and department stores), but there’s plenty of food and drink to grab here in between shopping missions.
Location: Jan-Wellem-Platz & Joachim-Erwin-Platz
This Düsseldorf Christmas market overlooks Hofgarten, and is a cute little market to visit filled with pretty wooden huts, a special childrens’ activity tent and even a raclette hut.
During the season, this market also features various live musical performances.
We hope you enjoyed this Düsseldorf Christmas Market Guide!
Let us know in the comments if you have any more questions about your trip – we’re always happy to help.