Christmas market Essen

| Christmas market in Essen

The Hugenpoeter Nikolaus Market, held annually at the Schlosshotel Hugenpoet in the picturesque district of Kettwig, is a true winter wonderland. This market traditionally opens its doors on the first and second weekend of Advent, from Friday to Sunday, transforming the historic castle hotel into a place full of pre-Christmas joy and contemplation..

From the first step through the impressive castle arch, one is captivated by the magic of the castle. The festively decorated Christmas huts and snow-white pagodas in the front and inner courtyards of the hotel create a fairytale atmosphere, perfect for getting into the festive spirit. Here, in the setting of one of the architectural gems of the Ruhr Valley, also known as a moated castle, there is a unique interplay of delicacies from the castle's kitchen and confectionery, as well as extraordinary handicrafts.

The market is organized by XDream-Events from Bergisch Gladbach, known not only for their organizational skills but also for creating an inviting and festive ambiance. Around 60 exhibitors present crafts, jewelry, gourmet food, and unique gift ideas. A highlight is the supporting program, which includes activities such as balloon glowing on the castle grounds, a children's craft workshop with gingerbread decorating, music, and a children's carousel, delighting both young and old.

What makes the Hugenpoeter Nikolaus Market so special is the combination of the historical castle backdrop, the unusual traders and craftsmen, and the diverse culinary offerings. Traditional treats and drinks invite visitors to linger and enjoy, while the surrounding scenic Ruhr floodplains offer a picturesque setting.

The market is easily accessible for visitors, with parking available at Landsberger Straße 80 in Essen-Kettwig. The Hugenpoeter Nikolaus Market is not just a market, but an experience that makes the hearts of Christmas enthusiasts beat faster. A visit is highly recommended for anyone who wants to experience the special atmosphere of a traditional German Christmas market in a unique setting.

The Christmas market takes place annually, and therefore for the fifteenth time previsibly in December 2024 in Essen.

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Local time:
14:47 h (UTC +01:00)

Fair location:

Schlosshotel Hugenpoet,
August-Thyssen-Str. 51, 4521 Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany


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Oberheidkamperstr. 82
51469 Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)2202 245304
Fax: +49 (0)2202 245273
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Past editions:
  • 08. - 10. December 2023
  • 01. - 03. December 2023
  • 02. - 04. December 2022
  • 25. - 27. November 2022
  • 05. - 08. December 2019
  • 28 Nov. - 01 Dec. 2019
  • 06. - 09. December 2018
  • 07. - 10. December 2017
  • 01. - 04. December 2016
  • 03. - 06. December 2015
  • 04. - 07. December 2014
  • 05. - 08. December 2013

Fair location:

Schlosshotel Hugenpoet,
August-Thyssen-Str. 51, 4521 Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany


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Product groups: candles, christmas cribs, christmas decorations, christmas lights, christmas ornaments, christmas pastries, cookies, drinks, food, gingerbread, mulled wine, nativity scenes, punch, tree hangers, wooden decorations, …

Disclaimer: No responsibility is taken for the correctness of this information. Errors and alterations excepted! Fair dates and exhibition sites are subject to change by the respective trade fair organiser.


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