International Christmas Market Essen

15 Nov. - 23 Dec. 2024 | Christmas market

The Essen International Christmas Market, a festive highlight in the heart of the Ruhr area, welcomes visitors from near and far annually from mid-November to the 23rd of December. This pre-Christmas gathering spot, which has nurtured a steadily growing tradition since its first festival in 1972, transforms the Essen city center into a luminous winter wonderland..

The choice of Essen as the location for the International Christmas Market is no coincidence. Known for its hospitality and rich culture, the city offers an ideal setting for such an event with its diverse history and modern flair. The organizer, Essen Marketing GmbH, brings comprehensive expertise in organizing large-scale events and places a special focus on the market's thematic orientation, including the growing importance of sustainability.

Spread across various locations such as Willy-Brandt-Platz, Kettwiger Straße, Theaterplatz, Burgplatz, Kardinal-Hengsbach-Platz, Markt, Porschekanzel, Medieval Market, and Kennedyplatz, a festive carousel unfolds that harmoniously blends into the cityscape. Historical facades and modern architecture create a unique backdrop, giving the market its special atmosphere.

The market stalls, spanning several areas, invite visitors to stroll and discover unique items and artisanal masterpieces. In addition to traditional Christmas articles, international handicrafts and unusual gift ideas are also found.

What makes the Essen International Christmas Market truly unique is the diversity of cultural influences reflected in the traders' offerings. Moreover, it is regularly listed among the "European Best Christmas Markets," highlighting its high quality and popularity.

A variety of traditional delicacies ensures the well-being of visitors. From savory bratwurst to sweet treats like gingerbread and marzipan, coupled with warming mulled wine, there's something for every taste.

Thanks to its central location right at the Essen Hauptbahnhof (main train station), the market is particularly easy to reach. This convenience facilitates the arrival of both local visitors and guests from afar.

In conclusion, the Essen International Christmas Market is not only an opportunity for celebration and enjoyment but also a platform for the increasingly important theme of sustainability. Thus, visitors are offered not just a festive experience but also awareness of ecological and social responsibility. A visit to this market is therefore not just a feast for the senses but also a contribution to a more sustainable world.

The International Christmas Market will take place on 39 days from Friday, 15. November to Monday, 23. December 2024 in Essen.

In 259 days
15.11.2024 - 23.12.2024*
Friday - Monday, 39 days
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Local time:
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Fair location:

Willy-Brandt-Platz, 45127 Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany


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Fair organizer
EMG Essen Marketing GmbH
Rathenaustr. 2
45127 Essen, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)201 887200
Fax: +49 (0)201 8872022
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Past editions:
  • 17 Nov. - 23 Dec. 2023
  • 12 Nov. - 23 Dec. 2022
  • 12 Nov. - 23 Dec. 2021
  • 15 Nov. - 23 Dec. 2019
  • 16 Nov. - 23 Dec. 2018
  • 23 Nov. - 23 Dec. 2017
  • 17 Nov. - 23 Dec. 2016
  • 19 Nov. - 23 Dec. 2015
  • 20 Nov. - 23 Dec. 2014

Fair location:

Willy-Brandt-Platz, 45127 Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany


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Product groups: christmas cakes, christmas decorations, christmas lights, christmas ornaments, cookies, gingerbread, punch, …

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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